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.

Review: Warp & Weft

BOOK INFORMATION: Title: Warp & Weft: Woven Textiles in Fashion, Art and Interiors Author: Jessica Hemmings Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2012 SYNOPSIS: This book is a written catalogue of contemporary artists and designers who use weaving as their primary medium of expression. The author surveys different aspects of art in which weaving permeates: thread, light, motion, sound, emotion and community (these categories are also the corresponding chapters in the book.) The artist’s profiled in this book use new technologies with traditional techniques to create beautiful woven creations that can be useful or thought provoking. PROS: The profiles for each artist and the specific work Continue Reading…

Fiber Art and Design

There are so many focuses in the Fiber/Textile world that it would seem that there would be a clear deliniation between them all- so when you looked at something you say “That is design. That is art. And there is technology.” But textiles have a way of blurring the boundaries of these worlds (much like other craft arenas). I, personally, received a degree in design. Design is often defined as solving a problem. For example: this is a wing back chair from the 1940’s that the client would like time period appropriate fabric made for it. You must research the 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…

Utilizing Pinterest

A mood board is a visual illustration of a concept or direction that a designer wants to take for a project or a collection. Traditionally a mood board is a collage of images and text in order to describe the ideas behind the mood board and why they were picked. Then in 2010, a global platform for inspiration and idea sharing was launched: Often, the associations with Pinterest is with inventive cooking recipes, beauty tips, and quirky images. However, designers are now using this bookmarking based website to share ideas with their clients or just to compile images and text Continue Reading…

Tapestry Tantrum

There is a phrase that I have used a many occasions that expressed my feelings towards learning tapestry weaving: “I want nothing to do with tapestry weaving.” I know how that statement sounds. And I am personally trying to remedy my outlook on techniques that I find “too difficult” in order to at least have experience. This is mainly because I have given myself a personal goal to attain the Handweaver’s Guild of America Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving (ideally pass both levels before the age of 30). One of the very first samples that has to be woven with professionalism Continue Reading…