So what do you do with all the small pieces of handwoven fabric from sampling and weaving off a warp? Small bags with and without a strap are one possibility.
Antique button closure
Simple, but elegant
The possibilities are endless.
Happy Holidays to all, and may your New Year be filled with many fiber related projects.
Hard to believe this Weave It throw has been in the works for too many years. One of those projects begun before I owned a floor loom, ( 30 some years ago), which seems a life time ago. In moving around my studio this year it required the emptying of the walk-in closet for painting. What should I come across but a bag full of Weave It squares and some skeins of matching yarn. The original goal was to make an Afghan or throw, but there were not enough squares In that bag. I hate unfinished projects langushing away in hidden places. So do I trash them or finish what I had begun years ago. The nice thing about Weave It looms is they are very portable and easy to work on in the evening while sitting by the TV.
So the obsessive work continued. Enough squares were made for a throw 13 squares by 11 squares. Each square is about 4 x 4 inches. A total of 143 squares, which were then crocheted together and all the ends sewn in.
Do you have unfinished projects tucked away? Should they be resurrected and brought back to life? More incomplete projects remain in my closet, maybe another will be completed in the coming year.
So I skipped threading the heddles and sleying the reed, by tying on a new warp to the last warp on the loom. From earthy Autumn to Jewel tones the warp has changed. These colors just made me feel happy as I wove. There will be 5 Cottolin (cotton and linen blend yarn) towels.
One of the towels will be for me and the remaining four are for sale in the Gallery at the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston, Guild House . The color in the photo on the loom is better than of the finished towels. Funny how different light sources affect the captured image.
This Santa ornament was added to our Christmas tree this year. It was made from a Mill Hill beaded counted cross stitch kit. The kits contain everything one needs to complete the project. The beads add sparkle to the piece. I’ve started stitching a new ornament for next year. The tree is decorated for Christmas and awaiting packages to be placed beneath.
As a child did you sit in fields of clover and make braided crowns, bracelets, and necklaces. I have fond memories of doing this with my sisters and childhood friends. We even gave my Mom a necklace or two. My active mind saw these braids as beautiful jewels and so I could become a princess, till they withered away.
When my daughter was young we found clover in a neighbor’s lawn and I showed her how to braid jewels for herself. I hope she has fond memories and will someday share this gift with others.
December has been a month of preparation for the coming holidays, so little time was spent on crafts. Family, food and holiday events filled the month. The Mill Hill beaded cross stitch continues to be worked on in the evenings. At least the overall design can now be seen.
I’m setting up my loom to weave some companion fabric for a handwoven Shibori yardage completed earlier this year. Even an experienced weaver makes silly errors. I swear I checked more than once to be sure the cross was properly placed on the lea sticks. I corrected my mistake the best I could . The real test will be when the warp is wound on the back beam.(I setup front to back) so now to begin the threading.
January brings a workshop with Diane Totten. The loom is yet to be setup. All the yarns have been purchased so next weeks agenda will be choosing a weave structure and setting up my Baby Mac.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! May this coming year let you explore your craft to its fullest.
In need of wash and press
Unfinished projects. I hate to say how many I have. The trouble is that a woven project is not done until it’s washed and ironed,
the fringe is twisted,
Fringe to twist
Mistakes need repairing.
The Dyeing process is completed.
Projects are sewn.
Labels sewn on and final ironing.
Labels to sew on
Some projects are as time-consuming off the loom as on.
Finishing is where I get bogged down. How about you?
This fella was outside my door, drying his wings.
Hand painted natural dyes with added fabric paintstik highlights
This silk scarf was one of two done in a natural dye extract class at HGA Convergence 2014, taught by Linda Hartshorn. In a earlier post I showed this scarf before I had washed the residual dye out. Waiting the 2 weeks to wash was painful. Very little of the dye washed out, so it was worth the wait. After washing I was unhappy with the indigo squiggles.
Before adding paintstik outlines
The added paintstik highlights added some bling and refined the indigo edges.
Stamped natural dye extract scarf
The above scarf was also done in this workshop. It is much simpler in appearance. Thicken natural dyes were painted on a stamp then applied to the scarf. The leaves were indigo and the bees were logwood. For the bees I would choose a different natural dye to use if I was doing this again. The class was a great way to explore a new technique. An added benefit is walking away with 2 finished scarves to wear myself or give as a gift.
Examples of Tablet Weaving
On this past Friday I took a class on Tablet Weaving taught by Michael Cook. Michael has done some incredible Tablet Woven pieces. On his website you can see examples of his work. Http://wormspit.com
Michael Cook demonstrating Tablet Weaving
Our looms were warped with black and white 10/2 mercerized cotton, using 15 tablets. This gives one a narrow band when woven. More cards are used to increase the width of the band. I used a Schacht inkle loom to weave on. The tablets are turned forward and backward to weave the pattern. Tablet Weaving seemed counter intuitive to me at first. Michael was very patient and encouraging as we learned the technique. The handout provided is also very helpful.
The next day at home I continued to practice Tablet weaving. My sampler was looking better. So in this case practice makes perfect or at least better.
Tablet Weaving on Inkle Loom
Aegean Norwegian by Lisa Anne Bauch
Weave structure Krokbragd of Linen and Wool.
On a very cold day this week, -15 degrees, I visited the Textile Center of Minnesota, located in Minnneapolis, MN. In the gallery was the Annual Members exhibition January 16-February 26, 2014, ” A Common Thread 2014″. The photo above and those below are a few of the works that caught my eye.
Took a Walk, 2012. by Chiaki O’Brien
This SAORI weaving used cotton,wool roving and white birch bark.
Straw Cocktail Hat, 2013. by Karen Morris
This hat is made from parisisal straw, wire, and dyed straw. The materials used in the weaving allowed the unique shape.
The “Log Cabin Restaurant” in Forest Lake, MN. provided a rustic atmosphere with a delicious warm meal on a cold day. Back in Texas now the cold weather and snow is just a memory.