Saturday, January 29, 2011

A Weekend of Weaving!

Just back from a weekend of weaving at the Mannings! The fiber group I belong to went up for a class with Tom Knisely on lesser known weaves. Here are some of the things we worked on:

Dimity -
From the class:

…and some of you may remember a scarf we did in JOY yarns in a similar weave.

Pique –
Also from class…

Bergman –
It’s hard to see the details in this very small photo, but the pattern area has small diamonds and the structure uses 3 tie downs in rosepath order.

Quigley –
This structure has 4 tie downs per block.

Bateman Multi-Tabby –
The bottom part of the sample is treadled as written and the other two mix-up the treadle order. Very subtle but effective.

We have a scarf sample of a Bateman Multi-Tabby at our shows. I can’t put my hands on the photo, so stop by the booth!

Diane and I had a great weekend and really enjoyed having so much time blocked out just to weave. The Bateman Multi-Tabby is one of Diane’s favorites. Now that I’m home, I want to revisit some of the weaves we worked on and get a little more creative. Many of these structures were used for traditional coverlets, but we all know that I’m not very traditional. We only used 8 harnesses in class, but I have 32 to play with! I’d like to experiment with more blocks and some abstract arrangements. And , of course, with JOY 60/2 silk or 30/2 Tencel.

Diane and I will be doing another workshop with Tom in May focusing just on the Bateman Multi-Tabby structure, so look out for more samples!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Ratty Tatty Papers

This is my first experience with an online class. I’m making appointments with myself to ensure I set aside time to do my “homework”. There are 6 lessons total and I’m only 3 behind – blame it on the holidays! (And be glad I’m not in college anymore.)
Here’s my first effort playing around with paper napkins and my sewing machine. It’s very relaxing to just doodle…

With relatives gone and everyone else back to work, I’ve the next two days blocked out to play!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


I celebrated the end of our show season with a quick trip to London.  Thanks to everyone who suggested places to go!  My husband and I had a wonderful time. 
First stop: the Barbican Art Gallery to see “Future of Beauty: 30 years of Japanese Fashion”.  Check out the website for a YouTube video, photos of the clothing or the companion book.

The exhibit gave me all sorts of ideas for art to wear and led me to these books on Japanese fashion and patternmaking.
Pattern Magic 1 and Pattern Magic 2 have been translated into English (Volume 3 is in Japanese only right now).  And then I saw Folding Techniques for Designers… Weaving with polyester? Pin design? More ideas than time!

Of course, you can’t go to London without a stop by the V & A Museum. Three special exhibits were going on –

-  The Imperial Chinese Robes exhibit opened just as I arrived in town;
- The Ballets Russes’ costumes and sets by Picasso and Matisse were fascinating;
-  The Camera-less photography exhibit was interesting - think about sunprinting and taking it another step or three.
The London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyes graciously welcomed me to their December meeting. There I met many wonderful weavers and had a chance to see the Annual Competitions entries.  Always interesting to see what people are weaving and it reminded me I want to try bead leno.

No trip would be complete without a visit to a fiber store (or 2) of some sort! I was off to the Handweavers Studio and Gallery.  My husband took a (loooooooong) walk around the neighborhood while I fondled yarns and perused their books.

Then we were (both of us this time!) off to the used book stores.  You can never have too many books! Remember A.A. Milne’s Now We are Six? Well, here’s Christopher Mathew’s Now We are Sixty.
Lest you think we spent all our time indoors, we did walk Hampstead Heath, wander the canals and Holland Park. Those pictures, though, are on my husband’s Blackberry (something I have no idea how to use, despite my daughter’s insistence of its ease).
We left London just before the second snow hit and made it home in time for holiday festivities stateside.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

JOY of Weaving Exhibit

The prospectus is out and Diane and I are anxiously awaiting your pieces! If you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a copy on the first page of our website and on the Midwest Weavers Conference page. Tom Knisley, of the Mannings in East Berlin, PA, will be our judge. Remember it’s open to all weavers! (Members of Midwest Weavers Guild or no; conference attendee or no.)

New Year’s Resolutions

I watch my daughter effortlessly type out text messages, Facebook entries, add photos and upload YouTube videos. They’re bright and chatty with nary a typo or misspeak. Me… I was schooled in the art of the carefully crafted letter. Letters require thought; after all, they can be kept on into the ages. My mother emphasized not only thinking before you speak, but thinking even harder before you write. And so it’s often a long time between my blog posts.

This year I resolve to do better. I may not be able to break the habit of thinking, writing and rewriting (and rewriting), but I’ll try to do it more often.