A New Start for a New Year 
Wishing all of you who check out my blog a happy New Year for 2015. May it be a wonderful year for you all. I am down in Canterbury at the moment staying with my friend Wil and his partner George for a couple of weeks. I had Christmas with my family at my sister Vernonica's place at Waimarie Beach and we had a great day. I have also been visiting my Mum who will be celebrating her 90th birthday on Sunday 4th January.

I am having a lovely time here at Wil's place. He has about a roughly 6acre property which is planted in a variety of trees and he also has a lovely garden which bellbirds and grey warblers often visit. Fantails abound here as well so I feel right at home. George's friend Carol from Sydney is also staying here and she celebrated her birthday yesterday. she has been looking after some broody hens and chickens for Wil's daughter Kathryn at whose house she has been staying next door. I decided to do a drawing of one of the chickens for Carol for her birthday and as a memory of her visit.



I drew Carol's hands in pencil and used watercolour for the chicken and was rather pleased with how it turned out. I really do enjoy drawing.

The tapesty is finished. 
Last week Anna came to Hamilton to cut her tapestry from the loom. Two of her friends came with her and I had two of my friends here so we had a lovely afternoon and it was great to see the tapestry finished at last. Here it is finished on the loom the day before it came off.



It is always exciting to cut a tapestry off the loom as it is the first time it can be seen the right way up and in its entirety. This next photo shows Anna just starting to cut the warp threads. Her expression shows her excitement, as this was the first time she had seen the tapestry apart from photographs that I had sent her.





And here it is........! My friend Carole and I holding it up so that Anna could see it properly for the first time.









My Visit to Hobart 
The day after my birthday I travelled to Hobart with my eldest daughter Nicola and of course had my camera at the ready all the time. Flying over Melbourne on the way to Hobart. It was starting to get a bit dark and the sky was very hazy but we flew right over the city so I couldn't resist taking the photographs.



Some interesting patterns on the ground across Tasmania.



And here is a pen and wash sketch of the Derwent River and the view from Nic's lounge window.



Introducing George to the joys of textiles and yarns 




Jenna brought wee George around to my place today and didn't he have a lot of fun discovering the joys of playing with yarns. There are a lot of fun things to play with at Great Granny's house.

More progress is made. 


More progress has been made on the tapestry, but it is rather slow going as there are so many subtle colour changes in Harriet's face that I have had to unpick here and there before I was happy with it.

Progress  
I have made some progress on Harriet's portrait today, having finished the eye and now I need to work in the mouth area and build that up I was a bit concerned initially that I wasn't capturing her likeness, but when I look at the tapestry with my head tilted to the side I see that I have. The colour blending is quite difficult to get right and quite a bit of it has come out and been rewoven a second time.



An interesting Water Photograph 
Yesterday I was walking around town, going to the library, and wandered into the Art Museum on my way. Of course I had my camera with me and here is one of the photographs.



I really love grids, and was fascinated by this grid formation at the bottom of the pool and waterfall at the entrance to the Art Museum. A lovely distorted grid!

The eye is woven 


Reverse Tapestry 
This morning I was working on weaving the eye and eybrow section of Harriet's portrait and it wasn't going well at all, so I spent a good ten minutes unpicking what I had just woven and started again. You can see the crinkly threads from a section that was woven yesterday.



I am much happier with how it is looking now. I will be working on the eye proper tomorrow.



The drawing of Libby..... 



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