Monday, May 30, 2011

JOY of Weaving Exhibit

Thank you! Thank you! We now have 20 beautiful pieces for our exhibit from all over the US and England.

This has certainly been a learning experience for us, and on the whole a very pleasant one. We were happy to see that entries are pretty evenly spread over the 3 categories, with a wide range of structures and techniques. You are all so talented. Again, thanks.

All the beautiful pieces will be available for viewing at the Midwest Weavers’Conference.  If you won’t see us there, once we are home the pictures will go up on the website.  Can’t wait to share what you’ve shared with us!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

JOY of Weaving Exhibit

Registrations are starting to come in, but we don’t yet have enough to make the show a go. If you’ve been debating on entering, please do! Some wonderful pieces have already been entered and we want to be able to share them with you. I know we all wait until the last minute but Diane and I are on pins and needles!

Lots of Packing and a Little Play

The boxes for Maryland Sheep and Wool are packed and ready to load in the car Thursday. Hooray!

Stacks of boxes in the garage-in the livingroom, in my son’s room…more details in the next post.

Time to weave! 

It’s a little eerie, but everything went very smoothly – already today I have the loom warped, samples woven and finished and am halfway though weaving the actual scarf.

The weave structure came from an old article in the Weaver’s magazine on diversified huck by Sue Beevers, reprinted in The Best of Weaver’s: Huck Lace. The starting warp was Atiya (30/2 Tencel) and Almaza (10/2 Tencel). I can’t deny it; I’m no fan of sampling and more often than not just plow ahead. This time I did sample. I did wash and iron the sample. I did not, however, decide to use those yarns for the actual scarf. The scarf weft (left) is Empress (60/2 silk) and LE13 (a rayon seed). I’m getting closer. Maybe next time I’ll weave an actual product in what I sample in. Or… maybe not.

Sunday, May 1, 2011


So I had a great New Year’s resolution to keep up with my blog posts!  It is clearly going well, as you can see.  However, I’ve rationalized my tardiness by believing that you all will appreciate that I have concentrated more on dyeing yarns,  building pattern support for those yarns and having even more samples to touch.  Perhaps next year I should resolve to dye more, or eat more cookies.  Those are New Year’s resolutions I am confident I could keep up with. 

In other news, we’re making plans with guilds to offer workshops exploring how the choice of weave structure combined with handpainted yarn can create simple yet beautiful results:
-          Introduction to Weaving with Handpainted Yarns will be offered by the Fredericksburg Spinners, Weavers and Fiber Arts Guild in Fredericksburg, VA, November 12-13, 2011. This is a 2-day round robin workshop; looms are warped with a handpainted yarn; and students experiment with different handpainted yarns in the weft, studying the effect of hue, value, structure and thread size and fiber content.
-          Weaving with Handpainted Yarns II is to be offered in 2012 through the Blue Ridge Spinners and Weavers Guild, who have graciously agreed to be the guinea pig for our new workshop. In this workshop we’ll start to play with more than 1 variegated yarn in the warp and/or weft.  

Stop by the booth to see our overshot and Bateman samples and, if you are in the area, register for a workshop to create your own.  (Your samples will make great gifts – just ask my children and their growing collections of sample weave kitchen towels!)