Working efficiently


Path to the Sun, 35.5 x 42 inches

Recently I was asked how many pieces I could finish in a year, which brought to the forefront—again—what’s been ambling through my mind—how to work more efficiently. For the most part, I amble through my weaving. I am sure there are more efficient ways to work in this slow tapestry process. The first thing that comes to mind is my most recent experience: I gathered all my yarns that I wanted to use, put them into the order that I wanted to use them, only looking at the colors, and only just assuming that each color group had enough yarn to complete the specific section of the weaving to which it was assigned. I paid for that mistake. When I realized that there might not be enough of a couple of colors, I had to go through all the bits of small balls of yarn and butterflies to find more. Then I had to blend those colors to complete the section. Even though I enjoy that blending process, it’s not exactly an efficient way of doing things.

Of course, the big bugaboo is the computer. I love computers! However, I think I’m going to have to make a change there, and I know I’m not the only one to have this problem. I will think about this more as I weave…

Now, in case you haven’t read this, check out this NYTimes article about Native American influences on 20th century art.

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