Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Happy Resurrection Sunday!

Today is the big day! :) Big dinner, kids eating waaaay to much sugar and re-hiding eggs dozens of times, family getting caught up, and the promise of good weather to come. I love this time of year, not only for the fresh air but the over all feeling of new life. A new beginning.....it seems so appropriate, doesn't it?

There are lots of news things on this end. Lots of new good things:) I'm currently working on getting myself established at a 'new job' and may cancel some of the other odd jobs so that I can concentrate solely on one thus (hopefully) creating more time for me to be creative. I had wanted to start working on my C.O.E but have found that there is little to no time to put together what I need. Even the small tasks of defining words and describing various parts of the loom has become impossible. (notice the time between blog posts) But all in all, I guess that is part of the process for an artist working to make it;) Hopefully this concentration of work will alleviate some of the pressure. :) It's worth a try!

I've been weaving towels like a crazy woman. Pulling a set off of the loom every few days:) The show season is starting earlier this year and I'm looking forward to having some 'spring' items available. My friend Lynn and I have also started putting together some of our ideas for table settings. I think we might be at the point right now on getting colors right. We did a full day photo shoot last week and I'm really happy with the way things look together. I think the two opposite textures compliment each other quite well and the colors really really set each other off. Here are a few pictures from the shoot. Some of my favorites.
Next up on the loom I'm planning a painted rayon scarf. I had a ton of rayon I bought years ago and started playing with dyeing some of it. I think it's going to make a nice light springy scarf perfect for the Artist Showcase at the Byrdcliffe Guild Gallery next month! :)

Monday, April 4, 2011

I Play Inlay! Yay!

Cheesy title but, I couldn't help it! :)

I first wanted to start with saying that the Compact Loom has been fixed! Thank God!!! I sat back down and just starred at it wondering what in the world could be wrong! I scanned each inch until my eye hit the obvious. The piece of wood holding the front cloth beam in place is crooked......just a little. It wasn't even that much. I peeked under the loom and low and behold there was one little screw that I've never tightened. I didn't even know it was there! Just imagine my joy as I tightened the screw and watched the cloth pull on that side! Woo hoo! I've never been so happy to see such horrible tension on my loom! :)

A very special thank you to Karen for the Louet dealer recommendation. I'm thrilled to know that next time I head upstate for a camping trip I have a new place to stop in at! The Spring has been on my mind for quite some time and I'm making a plan to start saving. ;)

So the project that was on the loom was another run of towels and has since been completed. The warp was long enough for 8 towels but, I only wove 6 leaving enough room for some 'play'. I've been talking about combining efforts with New Prospect Pottery for a line of custom/unique table decor. Well......it's happening. Lynn was very interested in seeing some cloth napkins and I have a C.O.E. to start.....perfect playing ground for getting some of the requirements done! The last yard and a half of the towels was used for a fun fiesta feel of color and inlay. This is the first time I've ventured into inlay purposefully and was happy with the results only after I started to show the accomplishments. This first piece to me felt like practice.
I need a little more practice and I'm sure I'll be creating some more soon. I serged the ends with a rolled hem and LOVE the way they came out! I think they'll be fabulous addition to the table setting line!

I have so much yarn, it's honestly ridiculous! I've been slowly trying to empty boxes of yarn laying it out on shelves in the studio closet as I think of projects. I found a wonderful rayon boucle on Ebay years ago and bought close to 15lbs! I'm down to the end of it and have been playing with cellulose dyes to create some fun painted yarns to weave light colorful Spring scarves with. I dyed nearly 3,000 yards of it in a beautiful pink, blue, and purple and put it up on the swift to count out ends. Well, the weight of it all made it quite hard for the swift to move so I asked the 'hired help' if he could pop in the studio for a minute and help me out. I demonstrated what it was I wanted him to do and he readily agreed with one stipulation, "Sure.....but I need something to sit on!" A boy after his mother's own heart! He helped me count the ends and I can't wait to share pictures once it's on the loom:) Such a good boy!!!
I'm finally near the end of the towel orders as well. On the loom currently is another set of olive green and burnt orange. In the back of my mind...................reduce the stash.........reduce the stash! :)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Frustration in the Studio

Ug! The worst thing in the world is to realize that your equipment can't keep up with you:( This has happened to me a couple of times now......why? Because I cut corners! Oops! All I can say is lesson learned. Apparently with my little Compact, the front warp beam is moving. I adjust it...it moves again....so on and so on. The obvious solution would be to not move it, right? I have to because the beater hits the beam......frustration! Phew! You can see by the pictures below that the metal bar holding the front beam in place has moved.
and in the second pictures what happens on the other side. This is where I'm having the problem. The metal bar is in the way of the beater! You can actually see where some of the wood has worn away. And you can imagine my beat! *sigh*
Finally you can see what has happened to the fabric. Notice the dip on the right hand side?
Unbelievably frustrating! I think this may be the last set on this loom. I maintain the tightness of the screws and can't quite figure out how in the world this problem is happening.......or what in the world held it in place before. I'm pretty sure I'll be ending all of the towel orders on the Megado.....which is kind of funny in a way:) Kind of overkill for towels:) Especially since the designs are all 4 to 8 shafts!

In the meantime I'll be shopping for a good deal on a Louet Spring.....since Louet just 'makes sense' to me!

Back up to the studio.......with a pocket full of hope! AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!