Taping Photos to your Loom, and the Fire Tapestry Progress

I know I am not the only weaver who tapes photos to the loom, but I was thinking about it today as I had a zoom test run with Kathi Grupp from the Handweavers Guild of America, in preparation for my “Tea and Textiles” interview next Tuesday. (Details here.) Kathi asked about the laminated photo she had seen, one that I used when weaving my danskbrogd series.

Here is my favorite danskbrogd from the series. You can see that the inspiration photo was influential, but nothing is exactly the same in my new banded piece.

And in 2020 I wove a krokbragd variation based on an old piece, seen here taped on the loom.

The piece on the loom became my pandemic weaving.

And right now, with the fire tapestry, two photos are taped to the loom. One is the original photo, and the second is the flattened image I am weaving. I’m in a frantic weaving stage, in a groove and excited to see the piece finished. So naturally I ran out of the green grass yarn, just yesterday. I ordered more a few days ago from Norsk Fjord Fiber, so I’m hoping our mail carrier will deliver this precious cargo today.

I’m happy weaving at home these days, and only miss my outside studio occasionally. I’ve discovered that my large desk is situated perfectly, in relation to the loom. You know how it can be so useful to step away from your work to get a big-picture view? This is the perfect vantage point.

And my desk under a skylight is perfect.

This floor of our home is a haven, but lest you think this is just too idyllic, here is a shot from the second floor, after a burst pipe led to much demolition in the bathroom, no water in either full bathroom, and piles of masked contractors/workers in our house every day for the last week. And of course many pipes are now exposed and in need of replacement. Oh, and some bad wiring in the floor below. But! We’re not in Texas, so we have heat.


  1. Robbie, Such vivid colors in the fire pit weaving! An interesting looking fire pit—does it have tall sticks somehow keeping the fire so tall?

    Sorry to see the water damage you had to deal with. Ugh. But, like you said, it’s not Texas and you had heat!!



    1. Oh Mary, I made a tall fire tower. It was dramatic when lit, but not so smart structurally, as when the tall sticks burn in the middle they topple over–dangerously near the grandchildren!

  2. Good idea. Your story about pipes sounds like an episode from HGTV. I guess you’ll have to think about the end-product. A few years ago my well froze just as I was to leave on a vacation. Chop wood, carry water. Good luck! Sharon

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