There has been a lot going on in the studio the past two weeks. On Nov. 3rd, I received an email with a pre-approved invitation to join the Textile and Fiber Arts List. I sent the fee, and today sent the text and photos for my profile page which will be up soon. I’m looking forward to participating in TAFA and am feeling quite honored by this unexpected opportunity!
Today, my online shop finally went live, another exciting event! Shuttle Works Studio is on the Big Cartel site. Two handwoven scarves were listed along with three sachets, and more items will be listed soon. I hope you will visit!
My first woven shibori mobius scarf, with the ends sewn together with a flat-fell seam. My daughter graciously modeled it for me (thank you, Sarah!).
Weaving continues, for Artistree Gallery, my online shop, and custom orders. I’ll be spending a lot of hours in the studio over the next three weeks to get everything woven and finished.
Also coming up is Artistree Gallery’s upcoming Holiday Art Bazaar on Sat., Dec. 5th, 10 AM to 5 PM. There will be refreshments, demonstrations, and opportunity to meet many of the artists. I will be demonstrating on the Glimakra band loom that morning. I hope to see you there!
Overnight Dec. 12-13, we received our first real snow, around 2″ by morning. This was what I saw looking out my second floor window about 7 AM that morning. It has melted now, rain comes and goes. The forecast is colder but no snow yet which is fine as we still have around 5 loggers cords of wood to cut, split, an stack in the woodshed. The wood burning range in the kitchen keeps us warm all winter, and to enjoy that, we have to do our part. We’re running out of time so we’ll be out working in the woodpile in the next few days. Coming back inside and sitting at a loom to weave is restful!
I’ve been thinking about the long WI Northwoods winter ahead, and what weaving I would like to do during the coming months. This is a preview, I hope, of what will be appearing on this blog.
I enjoy trying and learning about new areas of weaving, while continuing to explore current interests. Tapestry is something I’ve wanted to learn the basics of for the past 2-3 years. I had started a year or more ago, but the timing wasn’t working out with commitments I had made, so a new attempt is underway. I’m hoping with a few months of winter ahead, I’ll have more time to give to it daily.
To that end, I signed up for Rebecca Mezoff’s “Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry: (all-three-at-once!), almost two weeks ago, and since then have been working through the reading and videos, and ordering warp and weft which just arrived two days ago. Now, it’s time to make a warp and learn how to beam a warp on the Glimakra Regina,… very exciting!
At the time the yarn was ordered, we were at peak autumn color, and those are the colors I ordered. Autumn went by so quickly I decided capturing it in a tapestry sample would extend the season.
Just over a week ago I had a phone call from an area TV news program reporter, asking if she could come visit and interview me. I was a bit hesitant, but agreed, and the day and time were set. She didn’t know until later, but the interview was the morning of my 65th birthday! The video can be found here. A couple days after it aired, I received a phone call from a gentleman whose (late) wife was a weaver,… would I be interested in purchasing some yarn. He arrived a couple days later, and I added 33 skeins of royal blue, red, and evergreen Marks Mattgarn to my weaving yarn stash. I’ll think of you, Alice, when it is woven up.
Woven shibori continues on my countermarche loom, currently 10 shaft/12 treadle, straight draw twill, 100% Bockens cotton. This particular scarf is planned to be an infinity scarf. After that, I believe I’ll change the tie-up for longer floats.
This scarf still needs to be washed, pressed, and have fringe twisted. I like the slightly meandering lines. This warp needs to be woven off, or re-threaded and new tie-up as I have a custom order to do and I want a different look for the borders. After several more scarves for Artistree Gallery, and after I have my online shop finally up and running, the next warps will be for my first attempts at woven shibori garments. I’m looking forward to this and expect a lot of trial and error, and learning.
This woven shibori was meant to be a scarf with hand-twisted fringe. Unfortunately, I ran out of warp just before the end, no fringe for the end, so it will be used in sachets, part of a cushion, or other work.
In the studio, the drawloom has been sitting neglected for a long, long time. I have a deadline coming up for a sample exchange so a lot of time at the drawloom, every day, will be needed, starting tomorrow. (Tonight I hope to finish up the Medicare Maze/decisions.)
I wrote about Spinzilla 2015 in the previous post. When I went to ply the yarn on four bobbins (into two skeins of 2 ply), the plying head driveband was nowhere to be found (and is still missing). However, I wasn’t going to wait to find it, and a new one is on the shelf. I need to place each skein on the yarn swift and re-fill the bobbins, then do the plying. Then back to occasional spinning (there is quite a bit more roving left). I’m hoping the yarn won’t be too bulky for a sweater; if it is, then a knit or woven shawl. Someday this project will be done.
One last small home project the past three evenings has been picking the hems out of seven valances and the linings, so 14 panels in all. I had these in the kitchen a few years back and want them up again this winter, but shortened by a couple inches. Two left to do, then I can rotary cut the couple inches off each, re-pin, and machine sew. They should be up in a few days! Living in a log home in the woods, curtains have never been needed, especially in summer with windows open. But in winter, that added color makes the kitchen feel even more cozy.
Being thankful for the blessings in my life, I like to contribute to programs that speak to me. KIVA microloans is one, Adopt-A-Native-Elder is another. A month or so ago, another program crossed my path, The Tibetan Nuns Project (website), and TNP Facebook page, and I have made the commitment to sponsor a Tibetan nun for a year (it will be more!), and have been learning about their lives, struggles, and goals. We can add happiness to our lives in many ways.
I had thought previously about giving a percentage of what I earn to a cause or program, and a few days ago decided The Tibetan Nuns Project would be the one. In addition to my sponsoring the young woman, 10%+ of what I earn will go to either sponsoring another nun, and/or towards the needs of the nunneries that TNP are working with.
So, as a positive reminder, a photo of the nun I sponsor along with her information, and a 2016 TNP Calendar are posted on the bulletin board over a work table, near the loom I spend the most time at. I’m looking forward to an occasional letter exchange with her, reading newsletters and updates about the nunneries and program, making TNP another reason to keep on weaving!
Oh yes, all that isn’t enough, I have a few sock orders to do, Artistree Gallery wants socks, and Louise (friend) and I are planning a first attempt at warp painting in November, before it gets too cold. It’s good to keep busy with things we enjoy doing!
I had emailed The Tibetan Nuns Project to see if there was a photo I could use, without breaking copyright. Later in the day I did this blog post and had not yet heard back from them. Well, I have heard back, and a photo was sent, and here it is!
I knew it had been awhile since I last posted here, but was stunned when I saw it was March 1st! Where do the days go?
So this is a quick update.
March 2015 – On March 7th, the Art Gypsy exhibit at Nicolet College Art Gallery closed, the woven shibori scarves and screen were picked up and taken to Artistree Gallery in Land O’ Lakes, WI.
April 2015 – A tooth abcess, which had spent six years coming and going, reared its ugly head in January, and for 3.5 months I was in increasing pain and taking 4 antibiotics over those months, finally admitting it was time to have the tooth removed. I’d fought it for a long time but knew I was not feeling well and it was getting worse. Soon after the appointment I realized I as feeling well again, thank goodness! Very little weaving was going on during that period (after the screen was finished), or much else.
After I was feeling better I was able to finish up a scarf that had been ordered, get it dyed, and sent off.
I was very pleased with the results and I believe the customer was, also.
A phone call had come that my father was being admitted to the hospital, and I was on the road two hours later for the five hour drive south. After four days in the hospital (Influenza B and a touch of pneumonia) he was released, feeling very weak, and I stayed to take care of him, fifteen days, I believe, then home.
Earlier in April, I had applied to adopt a little dog, mixed breed, that no one else seemed to want as she has secondary epilepsy. I picked Keda up in Green Bay, a slight detour on my way home. Then came a few weeks adjustment for both of us. Her meds was also adjusted, and things have improved. She is a sweetie, but can be stubborn. So I now have a little companion in the studio where she hangs out in her bed, or sometimes under the rolling cart. At least she has stopped barking at the loom with each depressed treadle!
May 2015 – Back home, I was able to weave again, back working on woven shibori scarves, indigo dyeing, and trying out ideas. This time a 4 shaft Monk’s Belt threading, and 8 treadles tied up for a couple variations.
Do you remember the little sample I made awhile back, with a free-stitched dragonfly on plain weave? It was time to do it again, on a scarf.
There will be photos of this scarf and two others in the next post.
Before placing the handwoven scarves into the indigo vat, I “test” it with small cotton PFD swatches. The indigo on handwovens does not come out the same as on these swatches, but it gives me an idea of where the vat is, so I can estimate how long I want to leave the scarves in, and how many dips. Right now, the swatches are just a little unplanned collection, but they will be used in making small items, even piecing a few. Stay tuned!
I may have written about being interviewed late last summer or early fall, by Nancy Camden, for a segment on Wisconsin Life, on Wis. Public Radio. It was finally aired on Wed., May 27, 2015. If you are interested, you can listen to it here. (http://www.wisconsinlife.org/story/weaving-life)
In my studio, view from the kitchen. Photo by Nancy Camden.
The next blog post will be along very shortly! I’m back in the studio, have a lot of weaving to do, as well as preparing for the summer Northwoods Art Tour (http://northwoodsarttour.com), and more to write about and share here. Life is good!
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!
2015 stretches out ahead, a new year of exciting weaving challenges and opportunities!
January will be totally focused on weaving for an area exhibit. The Art Gypsies, of which I am a member, were asked if we would like to have an exhibit at Nicolet College Art Gallery. We all agreed, and the exhibit will open Friday, February 6, 2015, and close on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Visit their page (link above) for details. (I know, poor photo, but it’s all I hard to work with!)
I will be working on a collaborative piece with Char, and hopefully a garment along with a couple scarves. Designs and detailed calculations are being worked on now, and the weaving begins tomorrow morning. I have a woven shibori warp on the loom to finish (the first scarf is already sold), and I’m hoping another 3-4 scarves if enough warp, The next warp will be wider for the exhibit weavings.
Along with weaving for the exhibit, I’ll have weaving at Artistree Gallery, Land O’ Lakes, WI, beginning mid-January. Artistree is a cooperative gallery so I will be working a couple days a month there, and always have weaving or sock handwork to take with, or a spinning wheel for a good days of spinning wool.
The Art Gypsies will also have their annual art show/sale on June 13th, more information here and on my webpage/blog (see 2015 Calendar page) for details of time and location.
2015 will also include the Northwoods Art Tours, always a good time, and this year my daughter Sarah Zindel will be a guest artist with her handmade jewelry. The summer art tour dates are July 24-25-26, 2015, fall art tour dates are Oct. 9-10-22, 2015. Mark your calendars!
Another part of my year will be the Weaving Study Group I am part of. I belong to an area weaving/fiber arts guild, and we meet monthly at our homes for a potluck supper and a show-and-share. While nice to have time with area weaver and fiber artists, three of us began meeting every three months or so for our own gatherings.
We each enjoy learning and exploring, in-depth, weaving areas that interest us so that is what we do,… work/study/weave independently, then get together and share information, resources, samples, and larger works in our area(s) of interest.
Both Carol and Louise have a great interest in the Norwegian weave, Krokbragd, and that is what they have been working on for the past several months or more.
My focus the past two years has been woven shibori and indigo dyeing, with no end in sight. I’m just beginning!
We also have other related areas or tangents we plan to explore this year, including warp painting. It is very nice to have weaving companions who are serious weavers and enjoy in-depth studies.
I’m looking forward to a productive year,… time to begin!