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)


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.




Thursday, June 5, 2014

WHEN YOU'RE HOT, YOU'RE HOT. WHEN YOU'RE NOT, YOU'RE NOT


It has been a mighty long time since I've done anything on the computer except for hanging out on FB and nothing much on the loom. Sometimes our journeys take us in unexpected directions.  So FINALLY I got out my purply and neutrally un-knitted cashmere and picked out 4 that worked for me. Better color below.



 To test out some beautiful yarn I got from Mountain Colors. (some months ago) Most of their yarn is knitting yarn, but there is this Weaver's Wool. sett 12 epi. This is my first test scarf. I am very pleased so far. Almost Ikat works really well with their space-dyed yarn. (well actually it is hand-painted.) I know this is true because I had the pleasure of visiting Diana and Leslie's wonderful dyeroom and observing how it's done.





I can't wait to feel how the cashmere combines with Weaver's Wool. I don't think this will be the only post about working with this yarn. I am taking it slow.





Thursday, May 1, 2014

THE POWER OF GATHERING OVER TIME



Combining moments of time in woven thread and color has been a journey spanning more than a half century.  Every once in a while, it is useful to throw open the cedar chest and take a look at one’s “treasures”. I always try to save a little bit of everything I have woven. Each individual thread you see was a part of a scarf, shawl, blanket, towel, garment, or hanging.  
Although I have never actually made a quilt, I believe I am “quiltish”. I love putting many small pieces together to create a cloth bigger than the loom and beyond my imagination.
THE POWER OF GATHERING OVER TIME is a material manifestation of the spirit and an expression of gratitude presented for your enjoyment and the enrichment of the community.



The 144 Lavender Pillows are up in addition to 2 other "quiltish" creations. 


Tomorrow is the First Friday opening at The 4 Ravens Gallery in Missoula from 5-8 PM
Below I am brewing up some lavender tea to serve at the opening. It amazes me to see how purple (or you could say "lavender") the water turns when in first contact with the lavender flowers. Soon after it turns a rose gold color.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

RETROSPECTIVE IN LAVENDER


AGAIN AND STILL TIME PASSES--I riffle through the comodious cedar chest, selecting bits and samples of cloth woven in other times and places. Some of the fabrics date back 40 years. I've been saving them for something--as it turns out, it is to create 144 lavender pillows for an upcoming show THE POWER OF GATHERING OVER TIME opening May 2 at The 4 Ravens Gallery in downtown Missoula, Montana.

Normally I would seek sewing assistance, but when my computer suffered a severe catatonic episode requiring a week long stay in the hospital---well, what's a body to do? Get out the sewing machine, iron, and cutting board and get into it!


I got so into it! Each pillow became a tiny woven composition. I won't say that no two are alike, but pretty close.