For me, this year's diary entails weaving a horizontal stripe each morning, inspired by the color of the sky when I first see it that day. If I get up really early, the stripe might be really dark and show the moon. On days when I am away from the loom or simply can't get to it, I weave a half-pass of orange. If there are several days away, that might become an orange stripe. At the end of the each month I weave the abbreviation for that month (Jan, Feb, Mar, etc.).
My intention is that while my weaving of course climbs up the warp vertically, the finished diary will be displayed horizontally, like a long scroll. The horizontal stripes will become verticals, and the names of the month will read vertically. Somehow this feels more like a walk along a timeline to me.
|Molly Elkind, Tapestry Diary 2018, January-March.|
And then there were about three weeks during the move and the unpacking when I didn't weave at all. When I started up again, I wove several passes in orange, to indicate those three weeks without weaving in April. When I warped up the loom to resume the diary it seemed appropriate to warp it at 7" wide. Because the sky is bigger here. Otherwise I'm using the same seine twine and sett as before.
I realize this size change will pose a small challenge when I go to join up the sections later--there will be a jump in height (in the horizontal orientation) and some extra warp ends to hide. But that's OK. The move was a big change in my life, and it seems right that the shape of the diary reflects that.
So here's where it stands this morning.
|Molly Elkind, Tapestry Diary 2018, April - mid-May.|