Sunday, October 24, 2010

Slow progress

But, still, progress!

 There is a lot involved to setting up a weaving.  This project will be huge.  8 panels, each four feet wide, and of varying heights.  Last post I showed you the left center panels getting painted.  Here is a picture of the right center panels as they are measured on a warping mill.  To facilitate painting the background image, I am winding off the warp in two inch increments - 25 of them. 
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I have begun to thread the loom for the left center panels.  I discovered a mistake in calculations.  I measured the warp off at 12 ends per inch.  The reed in the loom, that was used to make the sample, is a 10 dent reed.  This means that I have to drop 3 or 4 threads off from each two inch segment of warp. I don't believe this will disrupt the image in any significant way. It does mean I have about 90 extra painted warp threads.  Maybe some beautiful scarves for the committee?  I think I have enough for about three scarves.
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I expect to be threading the loom for a week, or maybe two.  Then, I can get to the weaving!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Wonderful Project

I am honored to have the opportunity to make a large series of wall hangings for a local church.  The 8 panels will describe a Cross on a Hill, and will hang over the entrance to the Sanctuary. I will be documenting the progress of this project here.

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This photo is of the warp chains, cotton and silk, before dyeing.  These chains are for the left half of the center panels.


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here, the warps threads spread out, in order, ready for painting

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And here they are, painted, earth, ground, sky.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Warm and Fuzzy

Our final numbers for this year's Charity Knit off are:

95 hats
23 scarves
2 pairs of mittens

Congratulations!  Woven Art knitters are the best!
I'll be taking these gifts to the Black Child and Family Institute next week (after I finish one more hat). If you would like to contribute one or two more items, you have a few more days.

Thank you all for your amazing generosity

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Random Chatter

Go Green!

I can't find my phone.  My Android. I have "functioned" for four days without it - but I was on a mini-vacation, at a wedding, at the beach.   Even so, every time we needed to go somewhere, or find something, I would think; "if I had my phone..."

Yarns on Stage this Saturday!  This is a nationwide launch of ten limited edition sock yarns. I have ten skeins of each, 20 of some.  So, we're going to have a party!  And you are invited.  Yarns on Stage Coming out Party will be Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  As this coincides with the Spartan homecoming game, there will be celebratory food and drink.  There will also be a drawing held at the end of every quarter. At the end of the First quarter one lucky knitter will win a free pattern from the YOS collection.  At Half time, some lucky winner will go home with a skein of YOS yarn!  Third quarter - pattern,  end of game - yarn.  You will be entered into the drawing once for every $10 you spend at Woven Art that day.  You will also be entered one time just for telling me that you plan to come. You will be eligible to win more than once! So, come early, buy lots and enter often.


Now, if I could find my smartypants phone I could set alerts, so that I'll know when to do the drawings. Sigh.
Meg, I know you don't like the GPS function on my phone.  Do you know anything about this?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Hats off to Spartan Knitters!

Every year Woven Art (in Spartan Country) competes with Knit-A-Round Yarn Shop in Wolverine Land to see which group of knitters can make more hats, mittens and scarves to keep our communities warm this Winter.  Unfortunately the Knit-A-Round Quarterback is out of the game, and the Wolverines forfeited for this year. Personally I think they are resting their fingers, and will be back with a vengeance next year!

But, hey! - look at this mountain of warm and fuzzy hats and scarves! And we can make it bigger!  Woven Art will be accepting hats until closing on Saturday. You can knit while you watch great football! I am still knitting! One more hat on the needles.

I will be very proud to deliver these to the Black Child and Family Institute next week.  Thank you all for your generosity and caring spirits.

Go Green!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Eat Play Knit

Thank you Sharon  
for coming up with the perfect title for Woven Art's First ever retreat.  25 fiber-lous folks gathered together on the shores of Lake Macatawa, at Rosewood Pointe Resort this past weekend.
I didn't take any pictures worth putting up on line - my paparazzi skills not being up to snuff. But I know that Meg did, and Erica did.  Maybe they'll put some pics up soon.

I wish I could tell you how much I enjoyed this trip.  I love to entertain, and rarely get to do so.  I spent most of Saturday morning cooking (breakfast was enabled by Michelle ) two kinds of Chili. It was my intention to present new food about every three to four hours.  Home made banana bread, blueberry breakfast cake (thanks Meg!), Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oatmeal scotchies,  and beverages a'plenty.  It really wasn't much work at all - every one pitched in. We enjoyed the royal treatment at Boatwerks Restaurant on Saturday night. The food and staff were stellar.

Sarah taught an eye opening workshop on Gauge Friday night, and she was back at it Saturday morning with Double Knitting. Jill Bigelow Suttell taught two workshops: From flat to round - how to convert flat knitting patterns to knitting in the round, and Knitting shapes. Both of these workshops pulled heavily from the genius of Barbara Walker.  In fact Barbara Walker shared the spotlight this weekend with Elizabeth Zimmerman.  Each knitter received a really, seriously, cute goody bag with supplies for many of the workshops (Thank you  Erica and Kollage for the Fantastic  yarn and the Square needles!!), and a copy of Elizabeth Zimmerman's The Knitter's Almanac. Meg led a workshop on mitered mittens, including the scary part where you clip out some threads for the thumb. On Sunday morning, when everyone was truly filled up with information, I led a short introduction to EZ's Ganomy hat.  I do hope to see my friends kept warm this winter in their hats and mittens. 
When we weren't knitting or eating we played Bananagrams, or Apples to Apples.  I laughed til I hurt.
And today I plunked down the deposit for next year. Sept 30/Oct 1-2.  I am so excited!

Friday, October 1, 2010

So Proud!

I am very happy and proud to say that I will be writing a check for $305 to The Greater Lansing Food Bank this morning, in honor of all the people who purchased Shop Hop Passports from Woven Art. Thank you all for being part of the Woven Art community.