You Spin Me Right ‘Round

There is a deep satisfaction in making a product from start to finish. I fell in love with processing raw fleeces a few years ago when I was felting all the time. Though, I am still very passionate about felting, it takes a lot of space and time and I now have at least eight giant totes of nice clean fleeces that need to be used up. I learned to spin on a drop spindle a long time ago from the same woman who taught me how to felt. I enjoy spinning in this manner, but I am not very Continue Reading…

Sneak Peek

I have many projects in the works right now and I will be winding down soon in order to pack up for the big move. This isn’t stopping me from getting the Spring Collection together. I will not tell you what the final outcome will be but I will show you the colors I will be using! I opted to go for a very simple basic woven structure with some beautiful color transitions. In future posts I will discuss what inspired these color decisions and why I decided to go this route with the Spring Collection. I look forward to Continue Reading…

New Year, New Focus

As a new year opens up in front of me, I sit back and reflect on what I have accomplished in the past year. And I feel like it could have been better spent. So I am developing a new focus for my life which will hopefully produce a greater outcome in the upcoming year. 2012 was a time of development- figuring out what I wanted to weave, what I wanted to do with my weaving and where I see myself in the future with weaving. All of this thinking and day dreaming laid the ground work for actual progress. Continue Reading…

Fiber Friday: Weave Color & Structure

The past few nights I have been staying up really late in photoshop, meticulously selecting colors from scanned images to create a digital color palette for Harrisville Designs yarn. I am working on developing patterns and colors for my Spring collection of scarves and shawls. So now I am in the research and and inspiration stage. I thought to share some of the images and textures that are going to inspire my next collection of weavings. I can’t wait to show you what kind of weave structures I have in mind that have spawned from these images.

What I Have Been Doing Lately

I was absent for a few days because of a few reasons: I was taking an early holiday vacation and I was doing some weaving on two looms at the same time- and time just got away from me. So I am back! And I wanted to show you some pictures of the current weavings in progress and a my thoughts on them. So a couple of weeks ago I stayed up very late and decided to create warp, without really planning. Just winding it unto to the warping board as I see fit. I wound on about 36 yards Continue Reading…

Problem Solving Revisited

One of my favorite stages in the weaving process- cutting the weaving off the loom. I do not have a specific way I complete this process, I just take my favorite fabric scissors and carefully cut the warp threads and then unroll the glory of the almost final product. By tying on to the old warp waste, it has helped me cut down on the amount of loom waste I produce for each piece. I don’t have to contend with the heavy metal rod that is on the warp beam when I near the end of the weaving. I also Continue Reading…

Problem Solving

So, I sometimes really want to kick myself for mistakes that I make. Especially when it is a really basic and fundamental part of the weaving process in general. Typically, when I design a project, I look up the manufacturer’s suggested sett for the yarn AND I also measure it. This current set of scarves that I have on the loom is made with a yarn that I have never used before. Thinking that I had it under control I just measured it myself and didn’t look up the suggested sett. Needless to say, I messed up a little bit. Continue Reading…