Last year I got a gorgeous little wooden loom, and since then I’ve only played a little with it, not really finding the time to start any actual projects. I recently decided to start one of the ideas I’ve had for a while, of creating a series of local landscapes using the weaving loom. I wasn’t sure it would be possible, but I thought if I don’t try, I’ll never know – and if it doesn’t work, I can learn from my mistakes. I’m all for rushing in and trying things out, and learning along the way.
I have a store of local images in my mind that inspire me, and I wanted to create something that celebrates the special places and buildings in Dunfermline, Fife, where I live. One of these is the gloriously orange Pittencrieff House, in Pittencrieff Park (also known locally as ‘The Glen’).
I knew that I didn’t want to faithfully recreate a photo, so I started from a little design idea (not even a sketch, really), which I jotted down with a quick wash of watercolour. This was only really to work out a composition, and to see if the simple mental image I had would work in practice.
With a satisfactory composition in mind, I warped up my loom and made a start using the small collections of yarns and embroidery threads that I already had, laying them around me in loose groupings of colour, and putting aside any that I was unlikely to use. I folded up a piece of card and slotted it into my loom so that the weaving wouldn’t go right down to the bottom edge of the warp, and so that I could tie the loose edges and leave my options open with how to finish it – if I got that far!
I’m very happy with my first woven picture of a local landscape, and am sure I’ll do more soon – I just need to acquire lots more yarn from my favourite suppliers. It’s a slippery slope!