Thursday, December 11, 2014

I'm Moving

Well, just my blog! Please join me at weavingspirit.com to see my latest (and all future posts) http://weavingspirit.com/ It's been a great ride these past 8 (can you believe it?) years! I look forward to seeing you on the other side. bonnietarses.com will also take you there. Aloha!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

SCARF #14

 I realize I haven't been keeping up, but it was either weave or blog. You know what won. Here is how I often wind an "Almost Ikat" warp. (lots of small bouts which I can arrange once I am at the loom)


It is most interesting to me to watch the design unfurl


And then when I wind back, I get my first look at my warp.


Well, then there is that magical weaving part (un-pictured) and at last cutting off the loom.


Finished scarves will be posing soon. I am aiming for 24

Sunday, November 9, 2014

THE FESTIVAL OF SCARVES


I was going to call this--A SCARF A DAY-- but after 4 days, my back said to slow down. But let me tell you how difficult it is... The yarn is so beautiful! Thank you Mountain Colors!


And a weft of 3 shades of recycled cashmere (hereafter to be known as "Outstanding Moral Fiber")

 I am sorry I don't have pictures of the Missoula Weavers Guild visits Mountain Colors. But I do have some of the results. So I actually dyed this warp (although I dyed it in a 100 gram skein and wound the warp after).

Yes, you can make a 7" wide, 3 yard warp with one skein of Weavers Wool. Below are the 4 scarves I wove this week.


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)