I dragged myself out of the cave, my loom room. What I did was that I carried out the "Lord of the Rings" rug to photograph it. There is snow covering everything, not very cold only around 0°C. Still felt chilly as I didn't dress up properly. But it was fun and also the rug got some airing.
It will leave my studio soon but I want to hold on to it for a couple of more days. It is after all dear to me.
Staulaðist út úr hellinum sem er vefstofan mín. Ég tók út "Hringadrottins" teppið til að ljósmynda það. Snjór yfir öllu við frostmark en samt napurt þar sem ég var ekki almennilega klædd. En þetta var skemmtilegt og teppið loftað og ljósmyndað.
Það mun yfirgefa stofuna brátt en mig langar til að hafa það hjá mér enn því það er mér kært.
what else to call a piece that has been woven under the influence of "The lord of the Rings" than Lord of the Rings? If you have better suggestions let me know.
I am still toiling on the rug. I get bewitched by plaiting and threading, my right shoulder is burning and aching but still I can't stop doing it! Madness but still entire happiness. I have put an icepack on my shoulder every evening since beginning this toiling of finishing the rug. I do my physiotherapy moves for sore shoulders and I am fit again in the morning to start dealing with the threads.
Madness can be a delight
Here are a few shots of the rug where it is piled up in my working space on the floor.
And one of the balls of rags (balls of fire I was thinking) before they became Lord of the Rings.
The weaving is not the only part of making a rag rug as I have often mentioned.
All the hours, days and weeks it takes to cut the rags. All the preparation of choosing rags that go together in one way or another, creating, planning, thinking, making.
The weaving itself.
And when the rug is free from the loom comes the time of finishing. Plaiting the ends and threading loose threads. It takes a while too. Second day now working on this one, a carpet made under "The Lord of the Rings". A cup of coco and some biscuits to go with it. Still listening to the "The lord of the rings". The evil has been conquered and life runs new with heavy hearts.
As I have been listening to the Tolkien trilogy about the Lord of the Rings I gather the rug is full of that story. I have reached The return of the King now and also the end of the rug is nigh.
Below a part of it only. In the end it is green and turquoise as the world gets better in the story of the the Ring.
Cutting rags, talking on the phone and weaving. And not to forget: listening to audiobooks. In short: enjoying life!!
I am weaving twill these days. It is called vaðmál in Icelandic. The English term is vadmal.
These terms indicate that the lines that the warp and weft form are diagonal and there are various angles of lines that make different forms of twill : 14°,18°, 27°, 45° and 63°.
The different forms of twill have an array of names: herringbone, goose eye, overcheck herringbone, barleycorn, houndstooth, broken twill. plain twill, glen check, gun club check, broken twill and tattersall. Probably there are more terms.
The one I am weaving is a weft faced herringbone, at 45°.
Of course it is made from RAGS! ;)
This rug was woven in the last century! Must be old as h.... Somehow I hadn't photographed it before it moved down under so it was a nice surprise to receive a photo of it last year. Sometimes when I see something old again I wonder: did I make that? How did I come up with exactly that?
Can't explain what it is that makes one estranged to ones own creation, perhaps some of the readers can?
This rug actually is "living" in Greenland, without the frame. The colours were inspired by Landmannalaugar in the south highlands of Iceland, and was made around 2002. It is not for sale.
But if you are interested in purchasing a rag rug by me look here
I wove this rag-rug for an exhibition in the maritime museum in Reykjavik, Iceland. It was on display amongst other items inspired by fishing tools and boats. It was quite fun making and instead of having it only in the bright turquoises of new nets I wanted a bit of the fading colour. Think it turned out ok. It is for sale if anybody cares to tread on it e.g. when waking up in the morning and finding the way to the loo and then the coffee maker. ISKR 80.000 or 490 ECU.
Not very sharp images from the exhibition but they were taken in haste in between a job in Borgarnes and a trip to Shetland.
The rag rug I made inspired by fishing-nets has been accepted to be included in an exhibition called "Net á þurru landi" or "Net on dry land" the url is here for the exhibition. All in plain Icelandic. Couldn't find it in English. In an earlier blog I put in pictures of the rug in the making but I got so excited about handing it in that I totally forgot about photographing. Will have to leave that to the moment when I receive my rug back at the end of the exhibition. This post goes without a picture.
Anna María Lind, MA Textile Art Winchester School of Art.