8 Harness Profile Drafting & Tie Up

I recently received an email from a weaver named Cindy, in regards to profile drafting and tie ups. She was curious about the ability to use 8 harnesses with a 4 block profile draft. And furthermore, how do weavers know which harnesses to assign for the tie up from a profile draft? Her questions were geared towards the particular structure M’s and O’s- so that is the structure I will be using to explain. According to The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory, by Anne Dixon, M’s and O’s have two distinct block types: tabby and texture. The texture is a loose weft 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…

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 Friday: Tumblr Inspiration

I missed Fiber Friday yesterday due to a weaving issue that had to be addressed. The past few days I have been making warp like mad and trying to get them on the loom so I can have enough product to sell! So for Fiber Friday I am going to post a bunch of links from some of my favorite tumblr pages. I am a very visual person so I enjoy looking at amazing historical and contemporary works of textiles to get my creative noggin jumpstarted, so here are a few of my favorite “jump starters” The Textile Museum The Continue Reading…

Review: Color and Texture in Weaving

BOOK INFORMATION: Title: Color and Texture in Weaving: 150 Contemporary Designs Author: Margo Selby Publisher: Interweave Press, 2011. SYNOPSIS: This is a weaving book that is geared towards inspiration. There isn’t necessarily projects spelt out, but there are suggestions for what the textiles could be used for. This book is definitely geared towards those who want to take their ideas and woven works to a new level. PROS: Weaving is such a visual and tactile medium and this book is really based on the visual stimulation. The images are bright and colors and there is very little text to break Continue Reading…