Artist Larry Griffiths' created this Christmas tree by welding rusted tools, pitch forks, blue glass insulators, a metal film reel, fan parts, and unidentified pieces from here and there. I got it home and remembered I had always wanted to do something witih two rusted barrel hoops behind our barn, so I added them at the bottom. Next, I tricked it up with white lights, ornaments, and plenty of birds. It's such a great tree. Plus, when it's time to pack it up for next year, storage won't be a problem because we can let it live in the garden, adding more rust for next year.
This little tapestry was inspired by a tiny loom I found on EBay.
It was originally used for repairing holes in fabric, and the instructions are written in German.
I decided to make the loom part of the weaving because it has a bright red wood base, and wonderful brass fittings on the top and bottom.
I wove an image with two faces, inspired by Rouaullt's human faces. Because I had such a small space, I choose silk thread for both the warp and the weft. Silk is a great fiber for absorbing bright, jewel-toned dye colors.