Tapestry Weaving

Natalie Miller 1 It was my birthday the week before last and I gave myself a gift of a one day workshop with Natalie Miller down in her studio in Robertson in the Southern Highlands. If you subscribe to, or read, Uppercase magazine  you will have see a feature on Natalie in issue no 24. Natalie Miller dyed wool   Hand dyed wool for weavingNatalie Miller 1

She dyes her own wool to get a wide palette to work with.                 Natalie Miller 2 Natalie Miller 3

Natalie’s studio was filled with colourful examples of her work.                   natalie Miller 6The studio was all set up when we arrived.  The workshop fee included a table loom, enough wool to make a small piece and a set of printed instructions. Unfortunately it was the week when I came down with a terrible cold, so I was not feeling very creative and finished the class an hour early as I really needed to get back to my bed.  Despite being ill I had a good day and managed to grasp the basics. My first warp Our first task was to set up the warp on the loom which is trickier than it looks – it’s very important to get the correct tension at this stage of the process.  I managed to break one of my threads and had to start again in the middle.           My tapestry

I made slow progress in between cups of tea and blowing my nose!

I haven’t had a chance to continue with my piece yet, but I hope to make a small piece to frame. There were 12 participants and each one had a different take on colours and designnatalie Miller 4. All in all an enjoyable day and learning experience.Natalie Miller 5


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