Weavers use lots of tools. I remember a male visitor to my studio looking around, saying “You get to use lots of good stuff.” Yes, we do. Lots!
One of the things tapestry and ikat weavers use is a cartoon. I usually take a small drawing to FedEx to get it enlarged to the size I need, and that’s where a problem sometimes happens. The employees don’t always know how to do that, plus they don’t want to listen to what has succeeded in the past. I spent over an hour on Saturday trying to get an enlargement and still did not go home with it. Later in the afternoon, I girded my loins (what does that really mean anyway?) and went to a different store. There the guy actually did what I told him about and I got a perfect cartoon. Plus, he gave it to me! As in free! I was afraid I would have to draw the whole thing myself, which then leads to the next design tool: large graph paper. Acquiring this meant a trip to my local art store, Asel Art. At first we couldn’t find a roll of this paper, and then when we did, it was much shorter length than what I have bought in the past. But that’s okay because this stuff is expensive!
So now I have my enlargement and a way to make my own enlargement. It’s time to get to work, especially after two weeks of doing nothing in the studio or the rest of the house and yard. The list is a mile long, but studio time is plugged in. Yippee!