Erindale Tapestry Studio, partnering with Kathy Bishop Photography, will be hosting a joint art showing title “A Thread Runs Through It” at the Duluth Folk School in early 2021. The capstone piece is a collaboration where I am interpreting a beautiful photograph by Kathy Bishop of three Sandhill cranes wading in the water as a 40-inch-wide handwoven tapestry. Actual molted Sandhill crane feathers gathered on our farm will also be interwoven in the work, bringing texture and life to the zen-like birds.
But before any weaving can begin, the meticulous and detailed process of warping must come first. This project being my maiden voyage on the restored Varpapuu loom from Christine, many fresh process considerations were needed. With an upright structure and two massive beams like my Leclerc Gobelin tapestry loom, the main difference is the foot-actuated heddles. The heddles will speed up the weaving process (compared with using hand leashes), but it was one more step to make sure was flawless in the warping process.
First, I measured out the warp at 10 warp ends per inch, giving myself plenty of extra vertical room as I become familiar with the necessary loom waste for working with the Varpapuu. The warp is then transferred from the warping board onto the loom, a process better shared as a photo essay: