Developing Designs

My life is incredibly hectic right now.  I’m not going to lie and say that I have been able to balance everything perfectly and find time to design. My design has been all over the board and without focus. So instead of staring blankly at the screen not knowing where to start, I have decided to share with you my process from the very beginning. The very raw and blank beginning. When I am looking for inspiration I tend to look towards fashion trend websites. The reason I do this that I can see palettes of colors in conjunction of Continue Reading…

Finding Inspiration

It is no longer winter time and I now live in an area where I am a hop, skip and a jump away from the Adirondacks. As I have been exploring outside I’ve been bringing my camera along to take pictures to document the trip but also to find interesting colors, textures, and proportions that I could use in future woven products. Here is a little post to explain what I look for, and some awesome ideas that I have. Inspiration can be found everywhere. I am very happy that I have a phone with a good camera on it Continue Reading…

Mistakes Leading to Bright Ideas

My blankets are woven and being washed. Because of their size and my limitations in space, I have to wash the blankets one at a time in my bathtub and hang it over the shower curtain rod. To eliminate having a completed flooded bathroom floor from the dripping water I first roll the blankets in a towel to soak up the excess water. The first two blankets I washed in this manner worked out well. Although the blankets did shrink up more then I had expected, they are still beautiful. The third blanket I picked up from the tub and Continue Reading…

How to Plan a Project: Sett Samples

Once upon a time I had a professor at college who pushed making samples so much that it drove me up the wall. I developed a diversion to producing samples for anything and just jumping right in and solving issues in the final project as I worked. Now that I have had time to work on my own without supervised direction I have realized the importance of samples. Samples were especially helpful with this current project that I am working on. The series of blankets that are on my large loom were sett correctly for the size of yarn. The Continue Reading…

Sticky Warp

Remember, after New Years I made the resolution to weave blankets at some point this year? Well it is finally happening and the warp is on the loom and ready to roll! It took me about two days to thread all 960 ends into the heddles, another couple of days to wind on all thirteen and a half yards and almost an entire afternoon tying on to the front beam. I went to start weaving the heading and boom- no shed. At first I thought that it was just the fluke of winding on- sometimes when I work with wool Continue Reading…

Chromophobia

A chromophobic impulse is a fear of corruption or contamination through color. Many weavers who begin to design their own works often feel intimidated by the use of color in their work. The imminent fear of choosing the wrong colors acts as a deterrent from exploring different color combinations. This blog post is not going to explain to you how to get over this fear. I often fall back on the same color combinations that I always do. But I can tell you how take baby steps into exploring color variations in my work. My favorite things to weave have Continue Reading…

New Warp New Week

I have been adjusting to the new schedule my life has been developing for me. I am having a bit of a writers block so I have decided to show you some of the new goodies that I am getting ready to put on the loom. I am making some more ombré infinity scarves in different color families. Using the Harrisville yarn is incredibly rewarding because the heathered quality of the fiber makes the transitions from one color to the next seem effortless. Each one of these warp chains is 13+ yards with 214 ends each. I am in love Continue Reading…

Violet Ombre

This is the first weaving that I’ve done since the move. I have actually had this yarn since December (or January) and I have been aching to weave this forever. It has taken a while because we had to move, set up the loom and deal with a few issues (of the feline variety). But here are some shots of the fabric now that it has been woven! This fabric is going to be transformed into infinity scarves. I have a few more color ways to weave in this style and I am very excited about them. It is woven Continue Reading…

Revisiting Old Ideas

As I unpack boxes into bookshelves, I inevitably stumble upon my many sketchbooks from my years at college. The edges are always wavy from being taken out in the rain, or having dye splatter on them. The covers easily bend under my fingers. And in some the bindings are falling apart because I have tossed it into my bag so many times. I bring up my sketchbooks because it is a good exercise for me to revisit some old ideas and think on how I can utilize them with the knowledge I have now. Often when thinking of a new Continue Reading…

Designing with the Computer

I am a little bit of a technophobe. I find many computer programs to not be intuitive. It could be because I need to feel the permanence of actual materials under my hands rather then seeing pixels on the screen showing me the possibilities that could be possible. With that being said: I do understand the importance of computers in the developing craft movement. People are integrating wires and computer chips into fabric, we can digitally print jewelry, and we can make our artwork more interactive with sensors, robotics, and other crazy things. What I am interested in is weaving Continue Reading…