Sunday, March 30, 2014

WOVEN COLLAGED PAPER





During the last 10 years I lived in Seattle, I taught a workshop called FINDING THE COLOR WITHIN. It was lots of fun and consisted of making a series of collages focusing on different aspects of the student's life and aspirations and then cutting the collages into strips and weaving them. Of course, I had to create my own woven collages for every class that I taught. I carefully saved them in a folder which I happened upon recently. Naturally I had to make a collage of the collages for an upcoming show.


Monday, March 24, 2014

TENCELICIOUS


 I had such a good time with the last Tencel horoscope weaving that I posted it on FB and got a request for another. For some reason, the image of the weaving in process did not upload, so you will just see---coming down the home stretch (above) and my favorite part of the process (below). It really is a good thing that I cut with my left hand, so I can take a picture with my right.


 And of course, my favorite pictures -- weaving details!


The is before laundering---measurements--17 1/2" wide x 113" long. I will post the after dimensions.
Now I am jazzed to weave my own horoscope in Tencel. I decided to make the planets as stripes instead of ridges because of the tension problems I had with the last piece. I am happy to report than I had no tension problems with this piece.


Sunday, March 9, 2014

TA DA!

The weather has greatly improved, and TA DA, the tencel/cashmere shawl is completed and delivered.

And I already got a jump on the next Color Horoscope Weaving.
 Once again I am using tencel. I had some tension problems on the last piece, so we'll see if I managed to iron out that little kink on this warp.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

AS THE BLIZZARD, SO THE SHUTTLE


 Amazing weather out there, so what's a gal to do? Weave, of course!


This is my first Color Horoscope Weaving with Tencel warp (and recycled cashmere weft). I have done a few sample pieces wanting to see if I am able to launder in the washing machine and dry in the dryer. The samples were most promising.

 The one thing I noticed is that the tencel is slipperier than the bamboo, cotton, or wool. It behaves much more like silk than the bamboo yarns I had been using. I had several loose threads. Next time, I will pay more careful attention to my tension while dressing the loom.

 Image below I wove a sample with variegated tencel at the end  just to see what it would look like. I really love the look!

 And yes, one of my most favorite moments in weaving! Now let the finishing begin (grin)


Monday, February 24, 2014

SAORI SELFIE elfie elfie



I recently had the opportunity to visit Saori Berkeley and actually sat down and wove for an hour or so. I love Saori Weaving! It is very freeing. The only thing I focused on while I wove was to NOT pay any attention to my edges. (so much discipline!)

Then when I got back home I had to finish the little bit of warp that remained on my Saori loom. I had already woven some cotton Woven Words, but I had this idea about what I wanted to play with on the last yard of warp. I decided to wind together 5 strands of my recycled cashmere yarn to see how it would weave up with the cotton warp.
  I can't seem to get the words to be where I want them to be. Oh well, Anyway the cashmere was totally yummy. When I cut the piece off the loom, I was delighted to discover the whole thing was the perfect scarf length--although one half was bright cotton stripes and the other a subtle ombre cashmere. I thought, "What a perfect Piscean scarf! And to think, it is almost my birthday!" I thanked myself for the lovely early birthday present and looked around for a way to take a picture.The 3-way mirror in the bathroom provided an interesting "selfie". It has been snowing here for the past 2 days, and my new scarf is quite warm. I haven't taken it off.




  

Sunday, December 22, 2013

BOTANICAL WEAVING


Way back in the 50's and 60's, weaving with weeds and sticks was very popular. Of course, I had to give it a try. Below is the weed weaving I created in 1961 while I was a student at Rhode Island School of Design. I had someone help construct a real frame loom, and then I used phragmites (those fluffy top reeds that grow in profusion on the East Coast) . I gave this piece to my mother, who kept in hanging in her apartment. Imagine my amazement when I discovered how wonderful the hanging looked 52 years later.


The hanging looks good hanging either horizontal or vertical and the dimensions are 25"x 48"



 I thought I would create some small botanical weavings for the holidays---using dried grasses and flowers mostly from The Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. I am using jute for my  6" wide warp  with dried lavender, lily pods, willow, and I'm not sure what other things are called.


          I just love all the subtle color changes. It is refreshing after all the color I usually work with.
                               
                                        

 Below is catmint and mullen combined with willow and ornamental grasses.
 


These little beauties are so much and easy to make that they make good projects to teach beginners as well as making charming gifts. The assortment below can be seen (and purchased) at Meadowsweet Herbs in Missoula, Montana


The other interesting aspect of Botanical Weaving is that gardeners can supply their own material from their gardens as a way to remember some of their special plants. Some plants can be woven in bloom and then dried in the weaving. (so you watch the weaving change over time). Those brown balls are the seed heads of bee-balm, one of my favorites. And there is no rule that says you can't combine a little leftover ikat yarn in the weft.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

SILK BROOCHES


 From my large stash of ikat dyed silk yarn (some dating back to the early 80's when I first started making the brooches), I meticulously wrap and wrap and wrap. It takes me approximately 20 minutes to wrap each individual unit.  I use archival black core matte board and have my framer cut the board into an assortment of small shapes.

 
Once the wrapping is complete, I assemble the piece by gluing to a matte board backing and attaching a pin back.



 I can't tell you how much pleasure I get from creating these miniature works of art. The fact that I continue to produce a limited number of extremely labor-intense pieces (at an affordable price), speaks of a labor of love.