Friday, August 31, 2012

Weaving Peace in Arlee--next to last day

They were lining up to weave today---busy busy. Several folks ended up having to leave without getting a chance to weave.

I was so tired last night I didn't post this until the morning of the last day. Here it is, the last morning. I am packing up my clothes and food and heading off to the Hangin' Art Gallery for the last weaving day. I will have lots to report on this full moon day (but it will probably show up on Saturday when I have a chance to catch my breath)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Weaving Peace in Arlee--middle week 4

It's hard to believe it is almost over---just 2 more weaving days to go.

A Whole Lot A Weavin' Going On

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Weaving Peace in Arlee--beginning week 4

Week 4 began with an exciting array of new weavers adding their intention of Peace to banner #5

The latest language added today is French---PAIX

While outside the sanctuary of weaving, art and pastry--- smoke from the fires transforms the day.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Weaving Peace in Arlee--ending week three

Everything seems to been slowing down and speeding up at the same time. I recovered some images lost in my camera, and then I forgot to take pictures during the opening of the new show that opened on Saturday.
Here are just a few of the weavers that stopped by to cap off the week.

At the opening, I moved my loom to the front by the fireplace.

And had the pleasure of cutting off panel 4!

As I enter the last week, I feel certain I can get another panel done. It is going to be a busy week.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Salish Peace

I went off to weave and left my image card in the computer. I snapped pics merrily, and now they are trapped in the camera until I can retrieve the chord that plugs into my camera with USB port to the computer. But there were some juicy pics I can't wait to show you. Meanwhile enjoy this colorful rendition of PEACE

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Weaving Peace in Arlee--day3--week 3--(although it is the morning of day 4)

No new weavers today, but here is what I wove.

I decided to weave the Salish word for Peace in the Medicine Wheel colors, but shift the colors around. Same colors, same numbers, different color sequence.

Different effect....

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Weaving Peace in Arlee--day 2, week 3, panel 4

Here is the Salish word for Peace woven in Medicine Wheel colors.

Oops, I forgot to show you my very favorite part of weaving.... cutting off the warp

And my second favorite part: getting the first glimpse at what has been woven.

And another favorite part is taking an arty image of what has been woven.

And my not so secret passion of converting woven images into (I'm not sure what to call it), but I can't seem to stop.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Weaving Peace in Arlee--beginnings--week 3--new warp

Peace in Gaelic as given to me by Malcolm: Siochain (shee-uck-awn)
When I looked up Peace in other languages, I was surprised to find huge lists on various sites. I also discovered that each site has different spellings, so I decided to just used the languages and spellings that people bring to me here as I am weaving.

Here is the recipe/draft/code in case you are inclined to weave/bead/quilt/embroider---
19 of #1, 9 of #2, 15 of #3, 3 of #6, 8 of #5, 1 of #7, 9 of #2, 14 of #4.

You get to pick the colors #1-#7 with #1 being your favorite.

With a new week comes a brand new warp pre-wound from Saori in Japan through Saori Santa Cruz. I decided to stick with the same un-mercerized cotton for continuity. I don't have any un-mercerized cotton of that weight in my stash at home.

Two beautiful weavers came to inaugurate the new warp today. You may notice that the background of the gallery has changed. Over the weekend, the old show came down and a new one was installed. I got to participate and it was loads of fun. The opening of the new show is this Saturday. I will continue weaving through it all (grin)

I couldn't resist mirror-imaging Gaelic Peace.

Weaving Peace in Arlee--ending week two

No time for words, but you get the drift (grin). The week ended with a bang, and it will take a couple of post to fill in, but now I am racing off to begin week three.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Weaving Peace in Arlee--day 9-- Second Panel Complete

Here is the end result of a very active international day of weaving.

I slowed down the weaving yesterday awaiting the arrival of a new warp (which arrived at 4:30 this afternoon). Well, so much for measuring---since I didn't know how long the warp was to begin with. I just kind of guessed what I hoped was halfway. I was only a yard off. (grin) The new warp is about 20 yds long, so there will not be a problem with too short.

Remember, there are no mistakes.

That is what I reminded these two beautiful weavers. Weaver below has a Brazilian mother who gave me the Portuguese word for peace, PAZ, so now paz is woven in.

And then a crowd of Swedish folks arrived on the scene bringing the Swedish word for peace, FRED.

Each day has brought so many unimagined blessings and surprises. I am brimming with gratitude.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Weaving Peace in Arlee--day 8 (the prequel)

I am in the planning stage to teach on-line classes through Weavolution for those people who really want to know and understand the process of creating TALKING THREADS AND WOVEN WORDS. Stay tuned for more on this. Meanwhile check out the array of classes currently offered at Cyber Fiber: the Weavolution online classroom.

As I awaitr the arrival of a second warp, (to weave panels 3 & 4), I thought I would go back to the arrival of Saori Loom in a Box.

Since I am the sort of person who (when they move into a new place) hangs picture where there are already nails, I enlisted the help of some weaver friends.

It was a bit more complicated that I had hoped or imagined.

Slowly but surely, a loom began to take shape.

The loom comes with a pre-wound warp. The thread are held in relative order by means of a piece of tape.

Once I surrendered to the reality that this loom is a bit different from the looms I am used to, I began to enjoy the idea of actually learning something new. It is so easy to become fixed in "my method"--leaving little room for growth.

And will you look at this---the very first blog post where I have figured out how to upload more than 5 images.
Tomorrow will have banner #2 on display, and will have my fingers crossed I will be recreating the image above threading my second warp.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Weaving Peace in Arlee--day 7 (although it feels like day 8)

Originally I decided to weave the word PEACE in English, Salish, and Tibetan.

Then PEACE in Mandarin, Thai, Japanese, Sanskrit, Hindi, and Hebrew appeared on the scene. Who knows what language will be next. Hebrew pictured below.

The pace slowed down a bit today, which was a good thing because we are almost finished with the second banner AND the warp. Because I don't have any 10/2 black un-mercerized cotton on hand, I rush ordered a pre-wound warp from Saori Santa Cruz in hopes it will arrive by Thursday.

What we didn't have in quantity, was more than made up for in quality with delightful young artists taking to the loom like pros.

What delights will tomorrow bring?
I know some of you may be wondering, "How do these random seeming stripes spell out words?" I know I have explained this somewhere among the blog posts, but if anyone takes the time to ask, I will explain again.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Weaving Peace in Arlee--day 6 (I don't know what happened to 5)

What a day! It seemed like we didn't stop for a minute. There was such a variety of age, gender and nationality. This project is turning out to be so much more than I ever imagined!

Somebody asked me about that wheel on the side of the loom.

Well, here it is in action. Although one doesn't have to get up to wind a bobbin, it is actually easier to do standing up.

Peace Banner Number 1

I cut off the first banner on Saturday!

You can tell I am one happy camper.

I decided 3 yards was long enough.

Now onward to banner #2