Tuesday, March 31, 2009


The Happy Birthday Mary Meigs Atwater Kit fundraiser to benefit WeaveCast is officially over. During the month of March I received 12 kit orders and am able to send $300 to Syne Mitchell creator of WeaveCast and WeaveZine.

A big thanks to all those who purchased kits!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Inadvertent Collaboration

Back when I was weaving a lot with rayon chenille, I was in the habit of saving all of my thrums, tying my thrums together, and then using them as weft. I asked one of my knitting friends to attempt knitting with the thrums. We decided the experiment was a failure, and I put the 3 knitting samples in a drawer where they have languished for several years.

Last night while I was searching for something I never did find, I came upon the knitted pieces and tacked them up on the wall. I was thinking about art quilts at the moment and how quilts need to be 3 layers, so I wonder if this fills the bill.

By the way, the dimensions are 16" x 29"

Below is the Mary Meigs Atwater Color Horoscope Weaving going on the loom. I have actually finished setting it up, but my camera battery needs to be recharged. I will have more pictures soon.

It looks a lot different without the ikat stripe between each section.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Getting Ready

I ran out of the sample swatches I put in every kit, so this is Mary Meigs Atwater's horoscope weaving warp chains. I will be weaving this to cut up into little strips. I am using Bambu 7.

Below is a Woven Words piece I am weaving in exchange for 10 cashmere sweaters. It has been such a long time since I wound this warp I can't remember what words I am weaving. The recipient selected her favorite colors, and I made the wrapping for her before I wound the warp. And I have the perfect color of cashmere to weave through. Of course I will experiment with some of my other colors---especially beige and gray.

HEALTHY HAPPY FAMILY are the words in the warp. I just had to look it up. I will have a nice picture of the PEACE scarf that I recently cut off the loom, but I am working on a better way to photograph a scarf.


Thursday, March 19, 2009


I enjoyed the Color Horoscope Weaving workshop so much that I have a hard time thinking what I would want changed. The class was much more than I expected.
I am thrilled with my finished shawl, errors and all. The shawl really makes me feel good. Yea!
Thank you so much for a great workshop.
I highly recommend taking your class if anyone gets the chance.
Sharon Berglund

Hi Bonnie,

I'm sure you thought I was never going to actually do this project, but I finally got it done. This was a thoroughly enjoyable process -- the online teaching and coaching was fun; the warp planning was inspiring and meaningful (and when else can you say that??); and I was amazed at the way this technique blended colors. I have to admit that I was skeptical of the warp, thinking the colors not compatible (and, I know, I chose the colors from that watercolor, thinking how could nature be wrong!). Luckily I followed your suggestion to make a wrap. I made some adjustments in color and placement, but was still wondering. As I began to weave I became a believer -- wow! the colors looked gorgeous. So now I have 4 towels that are more than towels, because of the message they convey. And I'm a lot more comfortable playing with color! Thank you, thank you!

I'm glad you liked the towels -- they were such fun to do. I loved the woven words technique and plan to use it again and again.

Jane Yelvington

PS. Forgot to say that the warp words are "home" (on each side, mirrored), "health", "grace" and "peace.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009



Peg has done me the honor of nominating me for the Kreativ Blogger award.

Accepting this award means following some rules:

  1. copy the Kreativ Blogger award to your blog
  2. put a link to the person from whom you received the award
  3. nominate 8 other blogs and
  4. link to them
  5. then leave a message on the blogs you nominated

Here are the eight bloggers I have selected in no particular order.

Constance Rose Designs



Artistic Artifacts

Bonnie Samuel Designs


NZ flax weaving


Monday, March 16, 2009

How I Fix a Broken Warp Thread

I take one of my handy dandy film cans left over from my kumihimo days, add coins to equal about 80 g., wrap a warp end around can, anchor with slip knot.

I pull one half of the broken end towards the woven part (below) and the other half towards the warp beam (above). Then I thread the film can thread through the now empty heddle and dent, and I lash it to my (can't live without) T-pin.

Then I just weave.

And the film can just hangs there.

Once I complete the weaving, I will needle weave the warp end so the two ends overlap for 2-3". I'll try to remember to take a picture of it before and after washing.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

A Brag


The 15th annual RAGS Wearable Art Sale and Show will take place March 13-15 at Larson’s Mercedes-Benz, and money will go to benefit YWCA Pierce County’s domestic violence programs.

A total of 70 vendors will take over the auto dealership to show off and sell their handmade wearable items such as clothing, purses, jewelry and other accessories. Vendors agree to give a third of their proceeds to the YWCA. Last year the RAGS Guild, which organizes the show, passed $85,000 on to the organization. This year their goal is to raise $100,000.

Although the larger part of the event has 70 vendors, there is also a gallery portion. I entered 2 pieces in the gallery this year. It is one of the few venues I continue to support. It certainly paid off.

This entire weaving is chronicled on this web log. I only have one post here, but it will give you an idea.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Power of Weaving

When I ask weavers what they don't like about weaving, most tell me the thing they like the least is making a mistake. (actually many say they don't like dressing the loom, but that is another story) When I accidentally cut one of my warp ends while weaving today, I realized something so very important. In weaving (unlike most other things in life) there is practically no mistake that can't fixed if you take the time.

Actually this is the scarf BEFORE I cut the warp end. For some reason the pictures came up in reverse order.

Although I fixed the warp end, I didn't photograph my method. If enough people request it, I will show you how I fix a broken warp thread. It involves a film can and a T pin.

I will share my dialogue: "Oh, I just cut a warp thread! Thank heavens I only cut one!! I really can't believe I did that. This is obviously a message from the Weaving Goddess telling me to pay attention. Message received."

Friday, March 6, 2009

New Workshop: Gamping With Bonnie

I have been working on variations of Gamping With Bonnie for over a decade. I used to call the workshop Color Horoscope Weaving. In CHW, the students would painstakingly create a winding draft from their personal horoscope and then wind their warp with 20/2 cotton which I provided. Then they would leave with their warps in hand to go home and thread their looms and weave. I discovered that 50% of the students never did weave their shawls, and I never got to see the weaving in progress or finished weavings.

Brainstorm! What if students gathered their own yarn, wound the warp at home where they could take their time and consentrate, threaded the loom and came to the workshop all ready to weave? Wouldn't this be more fun for everyone?

What I hoped:
1. Students would experiment with various wefts seeing other people's weaving in progress.
2. Students would learn about yarn and color selection.
3. I would be certain students would complete their weaving.
4. Students would have a fount of ideas for future weaving projects based on the same draft.

Hem stitching---something I have never done, but think is a great thing to do and plan to learn how to do it one day.

Susan, one of the happy weavers, experiments with weft colors.

And Carol actually finished her Color Horoscope Weaving!

All too soon everyone folded up their looms and went home.

I learned a lot about small looms. I was impressed by the variety of portable looms out there. If you have a workshop loom that you totally love, I would love to know.

I am still recovering from my birthday celebration---actually I am still celebrating, so goodbye for now.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Hello From the Sacramento Spinners and Weavers

I tried to get everybody to wave. Only about half did, but what a jolly good group! I am actually home now although I am going to bend time and give you workshop highlights in the next few days. It was a splendid trip in every way!

Lecture topic: Color Horoscope Weaving

The lecturer's eye view in the picture above shows 6 renditions of my own personal color horoscope weaving. From left to right: 1. partial view of horoscope in Bambu 12. 2. horoscope in 20/2 cotton sett 48 epi with ikat stripes between each house. 3. horoscope in rayon chenille (1300) from Silk City, sett 16 epi, with braided (not twisted) fringe 4. horoscope in 50/2 natural dyed silk (by Aurora Silk) sett 30 epi (ends tripled) 5. horoscope in 5/2 pearl cotton sett 20 epi 6. partial view horoscope in 20/2 pearl cotton, ends tripled and sett 24 epi (solid borders added)

Also, today is my birthday. Since I feel like I have been celebrating this past week, (old hippy that I am) I merely consulted The I Ching (or Book of Changes) and asked for useful suggestions and advice for the upcoming year. Here are some excerpts:


Only by small means of friendly persuasion can I exert any influence.

Refine the expression of my nature in small ways


What has been spoiled through man’s fault can be made good through man’s work.

Grand schemes are out of the question

Stay close to the situation I wish to affect

No aggressive measures

Poor time for new business ventures. Wait for sign of sure success

Improve appearance or format of project

Hold back to a position where I have choice.

Through a cooperative and loyal friendship with another, I increase my resources mutually. In this way I can accomplish my aim.


Timing is excellent for making amends.

Only through intelligent deliberation can I be certain that the action I take is correct.