I cut this off the loom and pinned the header around the drying rod, (is that even understandable English??); this is the only place in my house (except perhaps the garage) I could hang something this long, however long it is. I haven't measured.
The colors are nice; an old-lace-like soft appearance, thanks to the undyed (rather than white) wefts. The scale of the draft is right; it looks good from some distance, but strangely not as attractive close up compared to my usuals; I'm going to try looking at it from farther away on the weekend. The position of the "eyes" looks right, too, when I'm looking up rather than straight ahead. There are a few technical untidiness, but nothing dire. So all in all, the sampling and planning seemed to have worked.
I'm not looking for things to dislike. I'm just not sure what I was expecting. This is certainly a lot smaller than what I visualized those many months ago, and hanging lamely in my basement is certainly different from having been finished crisply and hung in a group in a tall gallery. So I still don't think I am seeing this for what it is or can be. But I am not displeased.
We recently watched "A Prairie Home Companion", the film. In it Keillor had these beautiful lines where he said something to the effect Minnesotans know things can always get worse and when they're going well, we wait patiently until things indeed get worse. And I daresay, it's not pessimism but realism. And I guess I'm holding my breath just now waiting for something (more) to go wrong. L. O. L.
This is the best I could do with the draft. I can't figure out why the widths of the pics are different every time.
One pillar requires four days to weave. I need at least one day break in between. I'm not sure if there is warp enough for two or three (or even four) more. I think it's safe to say most of August will be spent on the Pillars. I need to also plan drafts for the Self-Portrait/Friends(hip) pieces. I would have liked to have done one more project, but it's starting to look unlikely.