Monday, September 27, 2010

Space-Dyed Projects

In 2009 I took a workshop with Kathrin Weber at Fiber Forum on weaving with space-dyed warps. It was so much fun that I did three projects with using what I had learned in her class. I love working with color and designing on the loom. And it is a real treat to see the colors change throughout the weaving.

I used fabric strips as weft on my first project. It had a nice thick look and wove amazingly fast, but I decided it was too much trouble cutting the strips. I used the method of cutting a continuous loop on the bias. Also, when I went to sew the fabric, my sewing machine would not go through the fabric weft. For the next project, I changed to 4/2 cotton, doubled for the weft. It was much faster to prepare, and was easy to sew.

to accent the beautiful colors in the warp, these projects were done as warp-faced rep weave.

 Here are the luscious materials  from the third project (including Kathrin's space-dyed warp) before I began:

And the final products:
 Computer Bag Front
 Computer Bag Back
 Larger Bag
 Sock Yarn Bag
Sock Yarn Bag Back

I also made a set of placemats, a table runner, a wall hanging, and more bags which I gave away before I took photos. 

Monday, September 20, 2010

Starting a Blog

OK. Here it is. First time starting a blog. What a word: BLOG. It sounds like something squishy and round and disgusting, something you should avoid stepping in.  Now that I've detoured around the mess, a few words about what I intend to do on these pages and why.

I learned to weave in 1975 at Southwestern Tech with Susan Leveille (great weaver and teacher extraordinare) and when I left the area, I also left the weaving behind. Now, a career of teaching, three children, and thirty something years later, I have returned to weaving, and I love it! I have an 8-harness Schacht Mighty Wolf that I bought on Craig's List a few years ago. Every time I sit down to weave, I think of things I want to remember about the project, but as yet have not written these things down... So now I can begin...