I hope you enjoy today’s post as much as I enjoyed creating! It’s a little longer than usual because there are lots of pictures of process. First a little back-story. Kat, the Dare to Believe Artist in Residence, asked me to participate in an event this past weekend called Kingdom Alliance. Even as I heard the invitation, I knew I wanted to create a weave that I had seen last summer. The piece says so much about Alliance. We are woven together by the Lord. We are different colors in different places, but part of a whole magnificent plan!
So – here goes:
This is the outstanding frame my hubby made for me! Of course, new tools were involved, which is usually a key draw. (See how evenly spaced those bolts are?)
Next I wove the vertical piece onto the bolts…
I took my time with these, thinking I was going to finish the piece in two hours. Ha!! What we find out along the way! I had purposefully planned the pieces to the right to get the finished effect I wanted, but as I started weaving, I realized I should have done the same with the main portion. Life is in the learning, is it not? That first evening, I started the base rows:
As I reviewed it later in the evening, I was very glad I did the first four rows and no more as I was weaving very tightly. And that wasn’t the finished look I wanted. I wanted free. So on Saturday morning, I loosened the weave up a lot. I considered changing the first four rows, but I thought it a good representation of a solid intentional foundation. So I am leaving them the way they are.
Photos courtesy of Heather Bjorneberg
Here’s a couple pictures, in progress. I have to say – this was soooo fun to do with the Lord in worship! It didn’t require as much thought as completing a painting in an hour – just making sure I was weaving alternate rows. (I did catch myself, in a few spots, having to re-weave.) So I was able to participate fully in the worship. Except that jumping around I usually do…
Here it is when I thought I was done. Realizing how much slower it was than I expected, I asked Kristi Graner, Dare2Believe.biz and Rod Marquette, Destiny Church, Rochester MN if I could weave while I listened to their breakout. I don’t think they know that I listen better while my hands are occupied — still, they were gracious to let me do that.
I did think it was done by the time worship ended Saturday evening, but when I studied it at home, I knew I had to add a few more rows. (I am so a 3/4′s gal rather than a 2/3′s gal. They teach you in “design school” that 2/3′s is a great visually interesting break-up of a piece of art. I like 3/4′s, tho.)
And finally – the finished piece. Taa-daa!
I love this! I see His living water flowing through us and through our alliances. Red (love) and white (Jesus) and green (growth). Tan and beige (spectacular nature around us).
Some interesting tidbits:
- Finished size: 64″ x 36″ x 6″
- Total fabric vertical length: 255′
- Total fabric horizontal length: 360′ (warning: math is not my strength)
- Cedar top and bottom
- Copper tubing, with inserts to keep from bowing (my hubby says i always choose the good stuff…)
- 49 “Rustoleum” bolts – guaranteed to never rust
- Actual assembly time: 6 hours
- Preparation: 24 hours
- Frame assembly: 6-10 hours
- Test runs, to make sure the verticals were correct: 3
- Test run of horizontal: 0 – just allowed for extra fabric
- Glue: 2 bottles for hemming and to make sure stuff stays in place. I suspect that might be against weaving protocol…
- Credits: Abbie R Powers and Mollie Walker Freeman
“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” Psalm 133
He is good! Be blessed!
- Please change the date of our first ever weekend art retreat, Sweet Retreat, now at the end of February, still at a lovely large cabin just south of the cities. The facility is reserved [again ] and we’re busy planning painting, photography, and 3-d workshops, as well as a Saturday evening surprise! And Randy’s cooking!! Mark your calendar – February 21-23, 2014. (More info coming soon!) What a great Christmas present! We tried the stuffed French Toast last weekend with the fam – yum!!
- Reserve January 15 for a Wine and Design at the Lakeville Arts Center. (Registration Link)
- And – will be “teaching” at the beautiful Elko New Market Library (through Lakeville Community Ed) in February. Exact dates to follow. (This is offered as a mom/daughter/grandma 2-session class. Fun, eh?)
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Sue Kemnitz lives in Minnesota, painting what suits her fancy on any particular day. She’s been painting for the past 30 years, honored recipient of several awards and recently highlighted in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Visit her website for more art!