A Brief History of Overshot Weaving

So, now that you are weaving overshot on your loom- what exactly is overshot? Where did it come from? What makes it so cool? The origin of the technique itself may have started in Persia and spread to other parts of the world, according to the author, Hans E. Wulff, of The Traditional Crafts of Persia. However, it is all relatively obscured by history. In The Key to Weaving by Mary E. Black, she mentioned that one weaver, who was unable to find a legitimate definition of the technique thought that the name “overshot” was a derivative of the idea Continue Reading…

Why Craft?

When I explain to new people in my life what I am passionate about, I get two different reactions: “That is so amazing! What a wonderful thing you are doing.” or “Why? Couldn’t you just buy that stuff?” The drive to create is so strong, that it physically pains me to think of a day when I couldn’t make objects with my own two hands. I recently listened to a lecture that was given at the Art Institute of Chicago (it was posted as a podcast in iTunes). The speaker, Jackson Lears, touched upon the division of the craft ideal Continue Reading…

Cut My Cote

Deep down in the very pit of my soul- I want to design and sew garments using my handwoven fabric. Being a fashion designer is something that I have wanted to do since I was 16 years old. However, I can’t sew. Sure I can follow a pattern pretty closely, but the garments I make never quite seem to be perfect. It is just a hurdle that I will eventually get over. What revived my drive to make garments from my handwoven cloth came my last semester of my undergraduate program. It was a late night in the weaving studio Continue Reading…