Sunday, March 30, 2014


During the last 10 years I lived in Seattle, I taught a workshop called FINDING THE COLOR WITHIN. It was lots of fun and consisted of making a series of collages focusing on different aspects of the student's life and aspirations and then cutting the collages into strips and weaving them. Of course, I had to create my own woven collages for every class that I taught. I carefully saved them in a folder which I happened upon recently. Naturally I had to make a collage of the collages for an upcoming show.

Monday, March 24, 2014


 I had such a good time with the last Tencel horoscope weaving that I posted it on FB and got a request for another. For some reason, the image of the weaving in process did not upload, so you will just see---coming down the home stretch (above) and my favorite part of the process (below). It really is a good thing that I cut with my left hand, so I can take a picture with my right.

 And of course, my favorite pictures -- weaving details!

The is before laundering---measurements--17 1/2" wide x 113" long. I will post the after dimensions.
Now I am jazzed to weave my own horoscope in Tencel. I decided to make the planets as stripes instead of ridges because of the tension problems I had with the last piece. I am happy to report than I had no tension problems with this piece.

Sunday, March 9, 2014


The weather has greatly improved, and TA DA, the tencel/cashmere shawl is completed and delivered.

And I already got a jump on the next Color Horoscope Weaving.
 Once again I am using tencel. I had some tension problems on the last piece, so we'll see if I managed to iron out that little kink on this warp.

Saturday, March 1, 2014


 Amazing weather out there, so what's a gal to do? Weave, of course!

This is my first Color Horoscope Weaving with Tencel warp (and recycled cashmere weft). I have done a few sample pieces wanting to see if I am able to launder in the washing machine and dry in the dryer. The samples were most promising.

 The one thing I noticed is that the tencel is slipperier than the bamboo, cotton, or wool. It behaves much more like silk than the bamboo yarns I had been using. I had several loose threads. Next time, I will pay more careful attention to my tension while dressing the loom.

 Image below I wove a sample with variegated tencel at the end  just to see what it would look like. I really love the look!

 And yes, one of my most favorite moments in weaving! Now let the finishing begin (grin)