Knots cut on along one selvedge, opening the pleats.
Opening the pleats to get a first glimpse of each scarf is always exciting. This was the vertical stripe scarf.
Three very different looking scarves, all from the same warp and threading,… and a couple more to come before a new warp.
June 13th was our Art Gypsy show. I invested in a new tent, tables, tablecloths, and took my wood sign with. Since it rained most of the day, the woven shibori screen spent the day under plastic.
Space on a table for a mirror (for trying on scarves), guest book, business cards, along with Northwoods Art Tour, Artistree Gallery, and Shuttle Works Studio brochures. The columbine plant added a nice touch of color.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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!
It’s been a long and very cold winter, and I will spare you photos of the last blizzard. It’s also been a period when I wasn’t feeling 100%, and more than anything wanted to hibernate, and often did.
Perhaps spring is on the way? I want to weave, and am back working on a somewhat narrow warp for woven shibori scarves (above). This scarf is being treadled randomly and the number of plain weave rows between each “pattern” row also varies. 16/2 Bockens cotton, sett 30 epi, and I’m using a neutral color of rug warp for the pattern rows which are removed after dyeing with indigo. Stay tuned to see the finished scarves!
If I remember correctly this is a 20/2 cotton warp, sett 64 epi for 5 shaft (ground) satin. The warp is spread and I’m ready to begin weaving. Time to locate a chart I’d like to weave, to begin, then dig out designs I was working on, simplified from photos I took in China years ago. I still need to transfer (and possibly enlarge a bit) to graph paper.
The Glimakra “Sara” upright tapestry loom is a simple frame-type loom, tall, on legs, adjustable weaving length, and has hard plastic “teeth” top and bottom to wrap yarn on. This loom can be warped at 5 epi or 10 epi. I may regret it, but I warped it at 10 epi with bleached 12/6 seine twine after finding the linen I was going to use was a bit too wide/coarse for that sett. It is warped in two sections for a tapestry daily calendar. I had decided to try this in February, then promptly came down with a head cold. Now, I can either make up the weaving, or start March 1st.
The idea of a tapestry diary or daily calendar is to weave a small bit each day which is appealing and doesn’t feel overwhelming. I’ve been debating with myself over how to approach this weaving,… vertical or horizontal? A particular shape (square, rectangle, trapezoid)? Freeform? Color approach? I do know this will also be a good way to learn and experiment with tapestry techniques, and color. It’s time to sit down at the loom and take the first step, then I’ll be asking myself what took so long.
Behind the “Sara” loom in the photo above is the new-to-me “Regina” tapestry loom. Part of the studio was rearranged to make a nice home for it, lights will be installed shortly, and I’m waiting for a new 8 dent stainless steel reed to arrive, again, from Gowdey Reed Company in Rhode Island.
The pace of life is about to pick up. My younger daughter’s wedding is in two weeks. We’re hoping the weather will begin to warm up a bit in early April so we can begin refinishing floors, then treating the log walls. Our first seed order arrived and very soon we’ll be setting up and “fencing” a table in the basement where we can start seeds (and keep the cats out!). After the snow has melted and frost is out of the ground, we’ll set up raised beds, put up fencing, and plant vegetable and flower gardens. We’re planning to add bees next year.
And while all those projects are going on, the weaving must continue, and we’re finally going to add the opphamta attachment to my Standard loom, something I’ve been waiting years for.
In addition to the Northwoods Art Tour, and one or two open studio days of our own, I’ll again participate in a show with the Art Gypsies. A busy and exciting year coming up!