Friday, November 27, 2015

A Retro Repro Project

Well, the Very Large Project has materialized (sorry for the pun).  I am producing some window casement fabric (drapery material) for a house with a lot of glass.  The original fabric the customer wants to replace is circa 1960s.  I analyzed the original fabric and of several samples I made, this one was chosen.

Here's a backlit view of one of the samples.  This is the way it hangs, with the stripes running horizontally.  It's kind of an interesting weave, with  long warp floats in stripes.  The fabric is held together behind the floats by a thinner warp.  The horizontal color stripes are tied down sometimes by the thick warp and sometimes by the thin warp, adding extra variation in the patterning.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

My Report on Designing Weavers Show

I spent a fun weekend with the Designing Weavers at our annual exhibit and boutique sale.  This was in the "Art for the Home" room; one of my "Green Impelling" sprang and weaving pieces among the beautiful basketry, tapestries and other art.

Four rooms were filled with art to wear, jewelry, scarves, gifts, home textiles, decor and other goodies. The "bag wall" was in the hallway leading to the other rooms.

I did pretty well in sales this year; people seemed to like my work which is very gratifying!  What remains of my inventory is going up on my Etsy shop this week.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Woven, Sprang, Pleated - Ready!

Getting these color studies wet-finished, pleated,  mounted and ready for next weekend's show.

I think maybe this green one is upside down.  The dark band should go at the bottom?

See these and lots of other fabulous weaving this weekend at "Art for the Home, Body, and Soul", the Designing Weavers annual exhibit and holiday Boutique, at the Woman's Club of Sierra Madre, 550 West Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre.  November 21-22 10 am - 4 pm.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Designing Weavers Annual Event

It's coming  up!  Our annual exhibit and boutique, "Art for the Home, Body, and Soul" will be November 21 and 22 (the weekend before Thanksgiving) at the Woman's Club of Sierra Madre in Sierra Madre (near Pasadena, CA).  That's my piece, "L'heure Bleue" on the front of the postcard.

Come see this artwork and other of my work, as well as lots of beautiful fiber art, home furnishings and art-to-wear by the Designing Weavers.  Meet the weavers, talk to us about our work, see demonstrations of our craft and join us for a great time in Sierra Madre!

Saturday, November 7, 2015


The portion of my home I have newly-designated as "fiber arts studio" is looking rather chaotic, with books, equipment, tools and yarn piled all over the floor as I move furniture and try to decide where everything is going to live.  What a mess.  And I fear it's going to get worse before it gets better.  
I sold my Mighty Wolf which was my first floor loom, so I'm a little sad, but it's found a good new home.

At least I'm still managing to find time to weave...

...except when someone's occupying the loom bench.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Sprang and doubleweave again

In an effort to be more brave about color, I'm trying some oddball (to me) color combinations in some small sprang-and-woven art pieces, just to see what happens with color blending and contrast.  These are a series similar in structure to some of the doubleweave I had done a couple years ago.

It's interesting that the sprang under the tension of the loom is causing the fabric to buckle slightly.  I don't remember noticing this before, but the low light angle is really showing it up in this photo.