Monday, April 27, 2009

Weaving and Dyeing

I am having too much fun with my rigid heddle weaving classes.  About once a month I get a new crop of enthusiastic weavers, and then I get to see what they do. Everyone comes up with something unique. 

Here we have Sue, Sandy and Sharon modeling their scarves. Woven on their very own rigid heddle looms. 

A few posts back I issued an invitation.  The first five respondents were to get a reward. Something I made just for them.  Below is the first. It is a custom dyed skein of super wash merino, for Obsidian Kitten. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Jane Patrick Workshop

We had the great pleasure of hosting Jane Patrick for a workshop on 2 heddle weaving this past Sunday.  We learned how to use two heddles in a rigid heddle loom to increase the numbers of warp ends we can have in an inch - allowing for a finer cloth.  We used 10/2 cotton sett at 20 ends per inch, in two ten dent reeds.  Since the looms were warped with a pattern of two light colored warp threads followed by two dark colored warp threads we also were able to explore color and weave patterns.  We played around with two heddle patterning.  We added in the fun of pick up sticks.  And just when our brains were full to bursting, we tried double weave.  That's two layers of cloth, woven at the same time.  Double weave can be two separate layers, or linked on one or both sides, making tubes. 

Monday afternoon - I needed a nap. 
Below are some pictures:

Jane Patrick on the left, showing Barb a cool trick. Barb is standing, and Michelle (in pink) is concentrating.
A room full of weavers!  See the beautiful art quilts on the walls? They were made by Marilyn Prucka, who is the weaver closest to the front of the picture.  It was so wonderful to have this art work on the walls  during this workshop - they bring such a sense of calm. 
Stan and Lyn Marie, weaving away. Stan is a woodworker, and brought in several lovely stick shuttles. I only got to see them for a minute before they were all claimed. 
This Pink warp belongs to Beth Smith.  She likes pink! Isn't it pretty?
And finally, here is Beth, on the left, next to Pam.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Rigid Heddle Weaving's got my blog

I am drumming up interest for my "Scarf in a Day" workshop that I am scheduled to teach at TNNA in June. For those of you who don't know, TNNA stands for The National Needlework Association, and it has a big convention in Columbus, Ohio at the beginning of every Summer. This is where shop owner's go to buy much of their yarn, take business and technique classes, and network. It is a lot of fun, and a lot of work.

Here is a picture of Meg modeling the project I plan to teach to other shop owners. The scarf really can be made, start to finish, warp to fringe, in under 6 hours. Weaving has brought my customers lots of excitement. I have been teaching weaving for about 20 years, and never have I seen the interest this strong.

For those of you who are not TNNA members, but would like to learn Rigid Heddle weaving anyway, I will have another class beginning in May. Check here for details.

In related news, Woven Art will be hosting Jane Patrick this weekend for a workshop on weaving with 2 heddles on the Rigid Heddle loom. Get to know Jane by visiting her blog.
My head is already spinning with the possibilities. There is so much out there now specifically related to rigid heddle weaving. For fun visit askthebellwether, and search for rigid heddle weaving, right after you ramble around her blog for awhile - there is a lot there to see.

Not all weaving is done with a Rigid Heddle, but in all weaving comes a moment of truth. Truly a frightening moment for even the most experienced weaver. It is the time when the proof of hours of work will be seen. The moment when you know if it is good, or not so good. That is the moment of cutting off.

And, it's good!
Pictured above you see a detail of Brenda's beautiful shawl. It is made with hand dyed, and natural Kona Sport. The weave structure is a complex twill from the 8 Harness Book of Patterns. The shawl is about 20 inches wide, and 72 inches long, not including fringe. Brenda is tall, and wrapped in this shawl she looks royal.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

I love Licorice

Look what the Yarnharlot is knitting with! I call it Licorice Twist, and can make it any color you want!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Mama's Proud

Look at Liz! Liz started taking classes at Woven Art as a freshman. She graduated recently, but luckily is still in the area on a teaching internship. But look what she made! It is double weave, with a purple (purple!) silk warp and weft, with strategically placed strands of Glisten, a ribbon yarn with tiny spots of glitter, from Louisa Harding. But, as if that didn't make it beautiful enough, she went and made little pockets, and inserted sequins. Can you see them:

The original plan was to make fabric for pillows for her couch. And that may still happen, but I think the Woven Art tribunal convinced her it needs to be worn for a Summer first.

Look who else is weaving! Sharon, for one (though she's not blogging about it yet), and Wendy!
Makes me want to weep with joy.