Saturday, November 19, 2016

Here We Go 20/2 Waves and Water

     Years ago I wove some bookmarks in 20/2 tencel and I remember being terrified at the thought of weaving with such fine threads.  Well, today I started weaving with those same fine threads, being 20/2 tencel, using one of my original patterns Waves and Water.  This changes the element of the fabric due not only to the finer threads but a much denser epi.
And then through the reed.
The tension set!
Color selection of the first scarf :)
Header woven in!  It's going to happen!!!!
Ok...pattern emerging...
     I'd have to say that I'm happy with the results thus far.  Since I have enough on the warp for 4 scarves, I might change colors a couple of times to see how it works out with the white background.  Comparing this to the same pattern in the past in 8/2 tencel, the 20/2 is about half the width and certainly more picks per inch. The fabric should have fabulous drape.  I guess I'll just have to see when I wet finish them.
      In other news, I have a lot of 20/2 silk that I purchased over 5 years ago so, I figured I would dye some of it to see how it turned out.  I have pictured above two different brands of 20/2 silk in the same dye bath.  The dye took a bit differently.  The two skeins on the left are from the same company and the four skeins on the right are from another.  From what I have read, a true black is hard to achieve but all in all I think I'm happy with the results of this dye test.  They rinsed clear and I'm really excited to get into dying some more silk and creating one of a kind pieces.

More pictures and updates to come! :)







Saturday, October 29, 2016

Back to Waves and Water

     It's been a while since I've woven and I figured going back to where the design started would be a great place to re-begin.  Waves and Water was one of my first successful and weavable designs.  I have a bunch of 20/2 tencel in white, some in yellow fleck, and some in browns that I've been staring at for a couple of years.  I think that the yellow will be a beautiful compliment and should shimmer next to the stark white and of course the brown will be much more bold and warm.  I've counted the ends...434 to be exact...and now I'm gearing up to warp the loom!  I can't wait!


      This is the current loom set up!  The Megado is happy positioned in my massive hallway that is currently doubling as my studio space.  With 13' ceilings and a bright airy sunny room, I just can't wait to get going on this project!
      A view from the loom towards the living room.  Our massive floor cushion made from recycled jeans and Jeremiah happily snugged up on the couch with the Ipad.  Life is good :)

Monday, July 27, 2015

A New Day

So do I use  the same address. .... ...no

Sunday, November 11, 2012

SILK!

The hardest thing to do for me, at times, is to consider the price of silk.  It is so very expensive!!!  I usually can't wrap my mind around purchasing it.  There are several sources out there that offer silk and about a year ago I purchased around 2 lbs of natural silk to dye.  A brave move for me considering the price!  Eeek!  I knew I had a pattern and I knew what colors I wanted......now to make the next step and get the project started!  I selected four hanks to be dyed and Chris and I got busy dying them in a variegated blue and a variegated green keeping them monochromatic since I was going to be using an echo weave pattern.



Once the ends were counted out, the loom was dressed and I was happily weaving.  I wove two with a solid black weft......the weft was not dyed here in the studio, it was commercially dyed.  


The best part about this project was that I had finished twisting fringe on the scarf with a black solid weft in diamonds, pictured below, at a farmer's market.  Since it was fresh off the loom, I had no intentions of selling it that day......it hadn't been washed or pressed!  My friend Lynn insisted that I put this new marvel on the mannequin to display for all to see.  The moment the sun hit this scarf and the colors popped, one of the ladies at the market grabbed it and threw it around her neck.  It was stunning on her!  AND she insisted that she purchase it!  I was hesitant since it hadn't been washed and pressed.  She insisted!  Ok!  No problem!  SOLD!   Hooray!!! 
I had also repeated the two patterns with a cream weft for a more subtle look.  They certainly aren't as dramatic as the black weft but a calm soothing pattern.  



The next run up was a simple time filler.  A solid black warp in a straight draw to I could 'play' with patterning.  First was a simple scarf in blue.


Though the next scarf didn't exactly come out as planned, I was having fun playing with the different possibilities of designing with a straight draw. 


Of course I had to play with broken twill!  The hot pink was a pretty good selection for a scarf that just screams! 


Most of the yarn I have the studio out is displayed out in the open.  There is one cone of a sparkle copper filament that Jeremiah, my fabulous 6 year old is obsessed with!  He has been quite insistent that I weave a scarf for my cousin using this particular sparkly yarn.   Back to the simple pattern so that the diagonal lines so  up just enough to be seen.  The pictures didn't turn out all that great but, she was happy with it! :) 


Until next time! 






Sunday, March 18, 2012

Time Flies When You're Having Fun

It really does! So much has happened since my last post! I hardly know where to start:)

OK....here's a great place to start.....

Jeremiah is now in Kindergarten and is loving every minute of it! I'm so impressed with his willingness to learn. Every day for him is like an adventure. He loves the school district that he is in now and has made a really great group of friends. Honestly.....he melts my heart:)

This picture was from a couple of months ago. I just can't get over how fast he grows!!!

As far as weaving goes.....well.....I can say that I've pumped up the productivity, since that was the New Year's resolution, and it has really paid off! It's almost like everything that comes off the loom gets sold. Trust me......I'm NOT complaining! :) This is a problem I love to have:) I had a very nice couple stop into the studio and leave with all but three sets of towels! Woo hoo! And the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild has all of my table settings! What's a girl to do? .......weave more!

I have a half woven set of towels on the loom. Next time I'll be sure to calculate better for yardage....now I have to wait for more white. Oops.
And on the other loom, I've got a set of silk scarves going with a beige warp, brown, black, and green wefts. So far so good!
I've mentioned that I've teamed with with Lynn of New Prospect Pottery in past posts. We've come up with a line of custom table settings called Our Table (some items currently on display at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Gallery). Together we've made such a great team. There is inspiration, laughter, life issues, plans, color theory, lunches, and plenty of 'we can do this' talks. Doing plenty of shows together has shown us that we can really work this thing. We've gotten a great response, sales are up from last year.......big time....., and.....well....it's just working. We decided to apply to the Woodstock/New Paltz Craft Fair. A heavily juried show. An expensive show. A well attended show. A high sale day show. I think we sent in our applications with no expectations in mind. If we got accepted, fine. If not, fine. I think the day that I got the acceptance letter back, I cried a little, then jumped up and down clapping my hands like a mad woman! We are in! Woo hoo!!! I can't wait to see how it goes:)

Until next time!

Monday, December 26, 2011

The Holiday Rush Is Over!

Well......it's finally over. I'm a little sad because I just love the rush of holiday orders....and, of course, the last minute finishing touches that go with them. The holiday rush this year has been my best yet. A top number of return customers!!! Hooray!

I am sad to say that there were two orders in particular that were not photographed:( So I have no visual documentation of them. One was a beautiful run of grey chenille shawls and the other was a run of striped towels on natural cotton in various colors. Oh well. At least they were finished in time! :)

For next year BIG plans! The one thing I know I learned is that for Spring/Summer shows, Spring/Summer items are a MUST! It's a little difficult to sell scarves in 90 degree weather! :) My first objective is to work on the "Our Table" line with Lynn Isaacson of New Prospect Pottery. Lots of mats, towels, runners, napkins, etc....to accessorize and personalize your table right along with her fabulous made from scratch pots and glazes!

Next up is an end of the year run of brown chenille shawls......an order from the co-op seasonal store for our Etsy team. Then......well......it's time to weave some of those seasonal items for Spring/Summer shows.

Happy New Year!!!

Monday, November 7, 2011

A Step in the Right Direction!

The step in a right direction is any step at all! I've been weaving and designing so much and I really haven't been taking the time to document and post the pictures......ok....ok......there are hardly ANY pictures of my finished work. I make, I sell, I have no picture! I'm really on a quest to change that!......no really.....I am! :) Look!
So the patterns made me happy. I know for the next run, which will be the same patterns but different colors, I'm going to pack my weft in a little tighter for a test! :) I sampled a small piece at the end of this run and think it's going to work out beautifully!
So! Back to the loom! I have the next run warped and half woven but my loom went ka put and I had to send a piece in for repair. Yuck! So in the meantime I'm going to be weaving some shibori scarves in chenille! Perfect for cold weather! :) Until next time! :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Ready! Sett! Go!

So much has happened since my last post! I'm currently working out of two studios and acquired yet another loom........that turned out to be a 16 harness countermarche loom from Sweden. And boy is she a beaut!!! The name of the loom is Varapapuu! Wow! So, of course, her name for short is Papi! :) I currently only have four shafts and six treadles on her but my gosh!!!! What a steal!!! She is set up at New Prospect Pottery......where work time is either very quiet or there are several people glazing, knitting, or exchanging 'art' information.

New Prospect Pottery was one of the only featured studios for American Craft Week and it was so much fun to have the tents set up in the yard and converse with other artists and crafts people! Never a dull moment:)


I've been working like a mad woman!!! In more than one way:) Yes......this season has been especially wonderful! I'm happy to announce that I have only four hand woven scarves and two hand spun skeins! I'm nearly sold out!!!!!!! The Etsy shops have been bare for the last few months as I've decided to concentrate solely on weaving new items for sale for shows. This has turned out to be an exceptional year!!! There is only one little problem (a 'good' problem).......I have a show in Chappaqua that requires quite a bit of inventory. So! Back to the drawing board! These next few shots are of the next run of scarves. Straw and golden brown echo weave warp with four different wefts in four different treadling patterns.





One of my favorite parts of weaving is playing with patterns and color. I've learned so much about split compliments, compliments, monochromatic, polychrome....the list goes on. Thanks to Lynn for pounding it into my brain. I've still got a long way to go but, it's getting in there. Jeremiah picked me a bouquet of flowers with blue and purple hydrangeas and yellow and orange marigolds........split compliments!!!! It's everywhere!!! :D

Also in good news....Lynn and I have decided to join forces and came up with a custom table setting line called 'Our Table'. Right now I'm completely consumed with replenishing scarf inventory but, our first 'set' was purchased before it even came off of the loom!!! I was thrilled! 8 mats, napkins and towels!!! Ye ha!!!

Now to find the balance between two part time jobs, a full time job, and weaving. Aaaah. The dreaded balance:)

Well......I hope to be diligent enough to post updates more frequently but, I think I say that at the end of every post:) Now that Jeremiah is sleeping (he now reads books to me before he nods off) I'll head up to the studio and count out the ends for these scarves! Woo hoo!