Sunday, June 30, 2013

Painted Warps Dry

Now for the hard part............ waiting for everything to dry before I really know what I have. You really love the colors when your warp chains are wet, but you really need to wait until they are dry to get the 'real deal'.

I think I was thinking that I would take the fuchsia chain and combine it with the one beside it. It's the purple-ish chain. These were to weave the Bateman Boulevard draft I had picked out. But then again, maybe I will find some other draft to weave before I get them on the loom! Since I have the fustian on the big loom, I will put these colorful chains on the Baby Wolf. I also have some warp left on the table loom for some Theo Moorman.... A happy weaver is one with something on all their looms at the same time!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Dye Day

Mother nature was a very good girl for the dye party. It's always fun to paint a warp, dabble colors on silk, tencel and/or cotton. Part of the fun is the really crazy names..... Wasabi, Stormageddon, Garibaldi, Fatigue Green. Who wouldn't have fun playing around with colors with those names?

Even the paper towels turned out pretty!


Friday, June 28, 2013

Fustian Cloth -cotton and linen

Did a little weaving on the fustian yardage. It goes pretty fast once I get my rhythm. I think that's one of the things we weavers like about our craft, it can be smooth and rhythmic. Of course there are other times when a thread will snap or we run out of weft and have to stop. Makes me think of the ebbs and flows of life.

It is almost like magic to watch the cloth appear. How can you put threads together at a right angle to each other and have curves and lines and shapes appear?

Thursday, June 27, 2013

More Fiber Fun - Painted Warp

As I continue to weave the fustian yardage, I am also getting ready for a dye workshop this weekend. I found this fiber while at Midwest Weavers Conference 2013. I think I will dent it 24 epi. But I "might" sample first.
I am winding four yards. I plan on weaving a scarf. Because I will be painting this warp I have tied in in several places to keep it in order. I will loosely tie it so the dye can penetrate all the fibers.  

Her is where I have found my inspiration for the colors I will paint this warp. I love this magazine. (It's free if you live in Missouri.) So now I have my threads, the colors I will try to match and the draft. This draft is from the book INTERLACED, page 124. ASCOT scarf by Suzanne Rothstein. I think this boulevard weave will look really great with a painted warp. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Return to Fustian Yardage

Now that my fiber adventure is over, I can return to the 10 yards I put on the Macomber with fustian cloth. I am just going to weave yardage.

But look..... I think I am doing really well with my draw-in. I thought of using a temple, but decided to concentrate on getting a nice edge. I am not using a floating selvage.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Award Winning Shawl

I don't think I have shown the knitted shawl I entered at Midwest that  received the 2nd place ribbon.  So here that is with the second photo showing the detail. I had the sunflower button at the back point to help weight it. I designed this shawl in 2009 and have knitted it a couple of other times. This was using the conference yarn per the requirement of the conference.

The two woven items I entered. (I added a crochet edge to both.)

I saw this while driving home. I have no idea what highway I was on or what state I was in. She and her 'plane' are up high in the air on some kind of pole. How Fun!!!!!  Maybe my KS or MO fiber friends will know. Click to enlarge all. 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Drive home from Midwest Weavers Conference

What a wonderful time I had. Lots of wonderful ideas. Met some great weavers and saw some old friends. I think every weaver should go to at least one weaving conference at least once! The 'goodie' bag was the best ever!! Beautiful campus at Emporia State University, KS. I even splurged every day with a Starbucks coffee.

The fashion show was wonderful. And yes, I left my entry at home! Maybe I can enter it in the next Midwest Weavers Conference that will be in Minneapolis-St. Paul June 15-20, 2015.

In the members exhibit that I entered, I received a 2nd place for my Prairie Shawl. WhooHoo!!!  I was scored a 93 out of 100 on my green/cream runner (it's on the banner of this blog), and a 95 on the side-by-side overshot runner.

I want to again thank the Hand Weavers Guild of America for the Mearl K. Gable II Memorial Grant and the Weavers of the North Shore for the funds to attend the pre-conference class. I now know the general technique of weaving the Theo Moorman Technique. I see some Theo Moorman woven items in my future. But I also want to do some of the lace techniques that Robyn Spady introduced to me and of course more Crackle thanks to Susan Wilson.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Midwest Weavers Conference is still in full swing!

We were invited to help 'weave' on the giant flowers 

Friday morning class: Weave Structure: Lace Weaves
Instructor: Robyn Spady
Afternoon class: Designing with Multi-Shaft Crackle
Instructor: Susan Wilson
(Tomorrow's class will be with Susan Wilson again on Polychrome Crackle)

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Friday, June 21, 2013

Day Four of Midwest Weavers Conference

Here are a few more shots of the Conference.
Thick yarns work well with this technique too!

Love that pink ground!

Here I am explaining my work, that is not finished like everyone else's!!!!!!!
Guild members, Diane and Marty setting up their vendor booth: Morning Moon Alpacas. Yummy Stuff!!

One of my Theo Moorman classmates getting ready to go on one of the Tours. Hats and bandana special for the trip!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Day Three of Midwest Weavers Conference

Working on making her cartoon.
What a fun class I finished up today at Midwest Weavers Conference. I have lots of pictures, so lets get too them! More tomorrow!!
Another class was "Spinning, Exploring, Creating" with teacher Jeannine Glaves
Carol Leigh Brack-Kaiser gave a three day workshop on her Tri-Looms.
In the Theo Moorman class.


This is my creation! (it's a bird of paradise maybe flying up my nose.)


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Day Two Midwest Weavers Conference

I am really enjoying this class. I knew nothing about this subject, but with the wonderful instructions of Nadine Sanders, the Theo Moorman Technique is starting to open the mind to wondrous thoughts. I had three 'tie down' threads break on the right side of my warp yesterday. But I will muddle along. We are making samples and learning as we go along. So I will not sweat the small stuff.
Some new words to ponder: transparent inlay effect, opaque inlay effect, saturated inlay effect.
Getting the feel of inlay work.

Using different thicknesses of threads.

Nadine Sanders likes what this student did.

Lost of fibers to choose from. This student is a pro!!
My circle turned into a vase.

Nadine has her hands full helping me get started on a triangle.

Nadine explains about cartoons.

I have my cartoon attached and have begun to weave a small project.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Day One - really!

I have arrived at the conference, and found out how to get the wifi. so I will post a little. I think this 3-day class with Nadine Sanders is going to be very interesting.

And as a footnote-- the sheets fit the bed. ;-)
Very important signs!

Name of class.

My Teacher, who also sings. See some of her wonderful creations?

Tying on with shoe laces!