getting started

You would think that after 40+ years doing this, it would be easy to get started. I actually think it's harder than ever. Partly, it is daunting to weave a colored border before the scene is even begun. Then, the first few inches seem disconnected and hard to envision. A painter can rough in the composition over the canvas, perhaps blocking in some colors or values. A tapestry starts at the bottom or side and is woven a line at a time from there to the top or far side. There is an element of surprise when the piece is complete. It almost never looks like what I saw in my mind's eye. I hang a new piece up for a week or two in order to determine if I like it or not. Here is a picture of my latest sketch and the first half inch on the loom:

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