View from Peppermill Hotel room of mountains, just try to ignore the aircondioning units on roof. This was as close as I got to these mountains.
Of the 3 seminars I took my favorite was by Inge Dam; “Borders and Selvages Inspired by Ancient Techniques”. This was not a hands on class, but tables were set-up so she could demonstrate how tablet weaving can be done on edges and within a woven piece. She was very sharing of the knowledge she has attained.
Close-up of tablet weaving done within the fabric.
Collapse Deflected Double weave was another seminar I took. Denise Kovnat shared a wealth of DDW samples and drafts. The collapse occurs by using an active and non-active yarn or a yarn that shrinks and one that doesn’t.
A fun activity was the Fabulous MGM Costumes. A historical look at MGM shows and costumes.
We were able to see many different costumes, including shoes and headgear. Some costumes were more revealing than others. All the crystals were Swarovski, making them heavy as well as expensive. In today’s world these costumes would have been to costly to make.
Convergence was a whirlwind of classes, art exhibits, and special events. The keynote speaker: Jason Collingwood gave a humorous look at his weaving life story. Attendees were very open and sharing. After viewing all that creativity during the conference the question is how will it be applied to my own work.
This scarf combines deflected double weave and plain weave creating bold geometric shapes. The pattern is quite different on the front and back. 8/2 tencel yarn in colors: Ming blue, shale and olive is used for the warp and the weft yarns. My last scarves woven with deflected double weave were the “Picasso inspired, Black and White”, written about in an earlier post. After weaving those scarves I had a small amount of warp remaining on the loom, which was used for sampling. This sample was used for creating the pattern for the “Geometric Scarves”.
The second picture shows the scarf off the loom but not yet wet finished. Wet finishing allows the yarns to shift or deflect. The tencel yarn also shrinks tightening up the weave structure of the fabric. This will be all for the deflected double weave pattern weaving. I need variety to keep from getting bored so the next weaving will be an undulating twill.
The Black and White Inspired by Picasso scarves have been woven and finished. In a previous post, I shared a picture of the scarf 1 as it was being woven on the loom. The fun part of weaving deflected double weave is that on wet finishing of the piece the yarn will shift. Since one type of yarn is used there will be equal shrinkage thru out the piece. These scarves are woven of 8/2, 100% tencel yarn in 3 colors, black, white and gray.
After weaving the first scarf I decided to play with the weft treadling as well as color repeats. This second scarf was beat firmer, giving a thicker scarf. I’m having so much fun playing with the deflected double weave, that I’ve begun weaving another set of scarves using a different pattern. Click on the scarf photos to go to a higher magnification where the image is clearer.
The Museum Fine Art Houston now has on exhibit Picasso Black and White. Viewing others art can be an inspiration in one’s own work. In this case I chose to design a scarf using three of the colors most seen in this exhibition, black, white, and gray. I also wanted to have a larger scale pattern. The pattern used in weaving this scarf is a deflected double weave. It is woven using eight harnesses. When the scarf is removed from the loom and washed the yarns will relax and shift or deflect. It will be a while before this is woven off and finished. I’ll post a picture of the completed scarf then. This pattern boldly shows off the monochromatic scheme. Thank you Picasso for the inspiration.
Weaver, Dyer, Fiber artist. Creating one of a kind Handwoven fashion accessories and items for the home on one of my 2 floor looms. I have been weaving for 40 some years, having learned while in college. The University of Wisconsin Stout offered weaving classes in their Home Economics department started my journey.The beauty of nature provides inspiration for much of my work.