Busy Year Coming Up!

Hemstitching a new woven shibori scarf.
Hemstitching a new woven shibori scarf.

It feels good to be back in my weaving studio again, surrounded by looms, threads, and books.  I’m a bit late getting started on plans for the new year.  A tooth infection, the flu (both in January), followed by a more severe tooth infection (same tooth), so in mid-February, I took time off to heal and take better care of myself.

I did meet the deadline of completing the woven shibori screen and three scarves for the Art Gypsy Trunk Show/Exhibit, now at Nicolet College Art Gallery,… the show ends Saturday, March 7, 2015.

Woven shibori scarves will remain the focus this year,  Yes, I have noticed a lot of “blah” photos here, it’s not easy to make them interesting or exciting, until you reach the indigo dyeing stage.  I am hungry for COLOR in weaving so I expect to slip a different warp/project in on occasion.

Artistree Gallery, Land O' Lakes, WI.
Artistree Gallery, Land O’ Lakes, WI.
Artistree Gallery, Land O' Lakes, WI
Artistree Gallery, Land O’ Lakes, WI.

Artistree Gallery, a cooperative gallery in Land O’ Lakes, WI with work of about 30 area artists, is waiting for more new work.  I’m told they will take anything I weave that is woven shibori technique.  Open now four days a week, they are closed the month of April for cleaning and rearranging, then re-open May 1st. You can find more info at https://www.facebook.com/ArtistreeGallery.

Also coming up fast is the Art Gypsies June 13th show/sale in Minocqua, WI, as well as the Northwoods Art Tour (summer and fall). A lot of weaving to do and socks to be made.

Drawloom warp is not clear, threads sticking.
Drawloom warp is not clear, threads sticking.

I’m having issues with the warp on the drawloom.  I really like weaving with the Bockens 16/2 cotton, but the threads stick together and it takes treadling a couple times at this sett to maybe have a clear shed, or clear each shed with a weaving sword.

Tiny spots of white where they should not be.
Tiny spots of white where they should not be.

Random single threads showing (white) should not be there.  It was suggested to me to re-sley to a bit wider sett, so I need to do a bit of research for sett for 16/2 cotton in satin weave.  With more sunny days (I hope!) it would be a good time to do this, then enjoy weaving in the sunshine.

IWarp ends from previous owner need to be cleared from the Regiina.
IWarp ends from previous owner need to be cleared from the Regiina.

The Glimakra Regina rug/tapestry loom has been sitting here now for a year.  It was a busy year, and sometimes I need time to ponder what I want to weave while busy with another loom.  I’ve decided I want to begin with a Rana, weft face weaving traditional in Norway and Sweden.  There are nice examples in a number of books, and I need to order warp and weft so I can finally begin weaving on this loom.  And yes, there will be COLOR with this weaving!  The two harnesses with heddles are on, I just need to remove remaining warp ends from the previous owner, and add treadles.

So, a lot more woven shibori coming up for Artistree, the Art Gypsies show, and the art tours.  Also, some Norwegian weaving, also for the art tours as well as for my home.  And I now would like some handwoven valances on windows, so there is plenty to weave over the coming months.  All this along with occasional visits to my 87 year old father, as well as my grandson & family.

I’m looking forward to continuing my weaving interests, exploring, learning, successes as well as challenges.  Now, back to my loom!

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