Thursday, October 23, 2014

SALT LAKE SPLENDOR



 WHAT AN AMAZING WORKSHOP! 

I think it was my very best!



                                        
 Everyone arrived with their horoscope warps on the loom and ready to go.
There were 15 students (my maximum), and what a great group of ladies!
Sadly I didn't get good images of everyone at the loom ("good" is the operative word here)




Usually one student completes their weaving, but 4 weavers completed their pieces during the workshop. The reason why everyone does not finish in the 3 days is because we are learning about Almost Ikat, Turned Weft Ikat, and Woven Words (3 workshops all at once). I will make another blog post featuring these aspects of the workshop, but my experience has been problematic when I try and download too many images. Yes, I know it is supposed to work, but all too often everything gets erased and I have to begin again.

So I am smiling just looking at the Mary Meigs Atwater Weavers.


And, of course, the class is not complete for me until I make a VIRTUAL QUILT from a series of "warpies" (kind of like selfies)--- I am so grateful for opportunity to present this workshop.


                                              

Monday, September 29, 2014

AH, THE PALETTE IS CLEARED



 I have to say that after all these years, these moments remain some of my favorite.

 

 In case you haven't been following, this is my own horoscope woven in 8/2 Tencel. I love to experiment with weft colors and ended up using a variegated Tencel that gives and added dimension. I am wearing it as I write. I am loving that Tencel!


Sunday, September 28, 2014

CLEARING THE PALLETTE

Yes, it's true! I can weave without color. I call it clearing the palette. It is quite refreshing, actually.


Many years ago, a lovey gentleman gave me 50 cashmere sweaters to recycle. In exchange I was to weave him scarves. I had woven him 3 scarves, but there was still one remaining. He wanted a gray and back herringbone. So FINALLY! I am on my way. It was pointed out to me that I was not actualy weaving herringbone, but rather zigzag. So long story---I looked up herringbone in "The Handweavers Pattern Book" (I've had this book since 1960!) It was actually rather dusty since I only do plain weave (grin). So below is the actual herringbone. Now I am waiting to hear from the client which he prefers.


Meanwhile on Grace I am finally weaving another rendition of my own horoscope, this time in tencel from WEBS (soon to be a new kit offering from Cotton Clouds)


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

And Weaving


 Sometimes I believe the warps are better before they are woven, but not in this case. This particular horoscope weaving incites my "aura envy" (grin). Webs Yarn makes several variegated tencel colorways. My client selected

This particular colorway is called Mountain Stream. 

Always my favorite moment---cutting off the loom.


This is as far as it goes today, But I will be sorry to send this one off into the world.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Yes, I am Still Alive


 After a rather long break, here is weaving going on the loom! And now I begin the season of  Tencel, hopefully a fiber for all seasons. I'll have to weave at least a dozen pieces before I know enough about Tencel. I remember that I turned my nose up when I first heard about this yarn many years ago, and I said "I would never use Tencel". I should know by now that when I never...... I also wrote in my college weaving journal "I HATE STRIPES"

This particular tencel comes from WEBS. Hopefully I will be able to talk Cotton Clouds (who also carries this yarn) to make up Color Horoscope Weaving Kits, like they offer in Bambu 7 & 12).


The way that bamboo yarn seems to be a bit "wooley", tencel is much more "silky". I had problems with tension on the first and second piece I did, but I take my time and think good thoughts. Now #4 and #5 (in picture) have been much better.   


I really like the colors in this horoscope. It makes me curious to see what my horoscope would look like in 8/2 tencel.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

WEAVING IS...AT LIVING ART




I have had the recent pleasure of teaching beginning weaving to a wonderful group at Living Art of Montana. .
In a series of 4 classes, students created the pieces below. Upon completion, students were asked to write a paragraph starting with WEAVING IS.....
Each student put a few words from their writing on a slip of paper. All slips of paper were placed in a bowl. I randomly selected the slips of paper in turn to create the following:

WEAVING IS...
AN EXPRESSION OF SELF INTRICATELY TWINED, MOVING TO AND FRO, EMBRACING PATIENCE
      WEAVING CREATES TO LOVE AND DIE
TURNING LOOSE THREAD INTO FIRM FOUNDATIONS, BELIEVING THAT EFFORT AND DESIRE LEAD TO A CREATION OF USEFUL AND BEAUTIFUL UTILITY
     WEAVING IS ...WEIRD---THE NEW THINGS YOU INVENT TO MAKE IT WORK...
A PRAYER IN COLOR AND TEXTURE
     I SEE WOVEN THINGS EVERYWHERE!
RHYTHM, COLOR, BREATH, PRAYER, PATIENCE, PROCESS, CONNECTION, PATTERNS, TIME AND LOVE MADE MANIFEST
     A SINGLE STRAND PASSING THROUGH
ON A LARGE SCALE, IT WARPS AROUND ONE'S BODY FOR WARTMTH. ON A SMALL SCALE, WEAVING WARMS THE SOUL
     WHERE IS THE ME I WAS?



 




 

Front of Pouch

Back of pouch



Sunday, June 8, 2014

FINISHED SCARF POSING IN THE GARDEN


I couldn't decide which image I liked the best, so here they all are.  The Buddha was the only model I could find. Please click here for previous details of scarf.


 Posing with blooming chives.