Thursday, April 29, 2010

Eighty Inches

I didn't mean to ham it up, but I got so distracted getting ready to head out to WARP early tomorrow morning that I forgot to post the length of the Georgia O'Keeffe Bambu 12 Horoscope Shawl (or take any pictures). I am taking my camera along, so perhaps I will get a good shot of it against the Arizona sky.

The bacon weaving picture (and the bacon weaving itself) was provided by the son of one of the Seattle Guild members. She said that if her son could weave bacon, then we could all weave a garment for our upcoming fashion show. And she is right! Thanks Cyndi.

And me a vegetarian!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Success, I Think

The reason I like Bambu 12 a little better than Bambu 7, has to do with scale. I'll be able to demonstrate in pictures that after I finish the B12 piece

I couldn't resist gamping all of the warp colors in the last 24 inches of the weaving.

And then, this time I wove until I couldn't get a shed. I can hardly wait to see how much more length I got out of this warp.

The suspense is killing me (grin)

Monday, April 26, 2010

One Strand or Two

I double the strands of Bambu 12 in the warp, but do I want to double the strands of Bambu 12 for the weft?

The bottom half of the picture is the single strand, and the top is doubled. Well, I picked the double strands for a couple of reasons. 1. The redder caste to the overall weaving is more pleasing to me. 2. It will weave up twice as fast (grin)

Now I am on a roll.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

It's All a Learning Process

Georgia is off the loom! In the past, I have talked about the "Fudge Factor"--- knowing where you can fudge and where you can't. After so many years of weaving, you would think I would know better, but noooo.

Back story: What I am trying to "learn" in this weaving is "Can I weave a shawl long enough with just a 3 yard warp?" (trying to bring the price down on the Color Horoscope Weaving Yarn Kits) So there I am just about 4 inches from the end, and a thread breaks. Rather than take the time to fix the broken thread, I cut the piece off the loom. Duh! The length of the shawl just off the loom is 80". Generally I expect to loose 10" in the laundering process---not the end of the world, but a tad short.

I decided to wind another warp, the same Georgia O'Keeffe horoscope, the same 3 yard warp, but to make it interesting use Bambu 12 (doubled) for the warp. And this time weave every inch.
Here is the Bambu 12 warp chains draped over the Bambu 7 weaving. The color choices in Bambu 12 are far more limited than the B7. It will be interesting to see the difference. I have to say that I actually like weaving with the B12 doubled and sett at 24 epi better than the B7, but that's just my preference. I just wish the colors weren't so wonky. In way, though, it does point out that the exact individual colors don't make as much difference as I think it will. Once the piece is woven and the colors all blend together in the most unexpected way, it just looks right.

I know I can get this done in time to take with me to the Weave A Real Peace meeting next weekend.


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Weaving Along

The Georgia O'Keeffe Horoscope Shawl in Bambu 7 is coming along really well. I hope to get it off the loom tomorrow. I can't wait to see what it looks like. I actually wrote down the weight of the weft cones before I began, so I'll actually know how much yarn I used in the weft.

Weave A Real Peace

Weave a Real Peace (WARP) serves as a catalyst for improving the quality of life of textile artisans in communities-in-need.
I recently joined WARP and am preparing to attend their annual meeting being held at Spirit in the Desert just outside of Phoenix.

I have heard about WARP for years, and am finally going to see how my interests interweave with theirs. I can't wait to report back. I leave on Friday April 30.

Irene Schmoller, of Cotton Clouds and I will be rooming together and hatching some plans.

WARP's Core Values

  • Textiles are an important component of the human experience.
  • Providing support to textile artisans from communities-in-need gives them tools to shape their own destinies.
  • Networking and sharing information creates an environment for constructive action.
  • Making connections between textile artisans worldwide promotes positive social change.
  • Interacting with people who have similar values enriches our lives.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

No Weaving Block

It took so long to load these pictures that I don't have time to write about them now, but enjoy them. More to follow

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Bla Bla Bla Blog On

Bla bla finished weaving before trip. Bla bla someone bought it off my neck. Bla bla woven another.

Bla bla great trip. Bla bla flu after trip. Bla bla writers block. Bla bla taxes. Bla bla Mercury retrograde (grin)

You fill in the blanks.
The beauty of blogging is moving ever forward, so I am.