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…

On the Loom

Sometimes, life gets a little too busy. When this happens, I like to take a step back and look at what I have been working on. Often I am so focused on what is happening right in front of me that I forget all of the work I have done. So today I’m going to share some of the work I have been making, designing, and sending out to the world. If you follow my Instagram account (@comfortcloth) you can also see some other behind the scenes footage of my work on the loom. In the spring I had been 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…

Tien Chiu

This blog is a little late because I was polishing up this very special entry for this week. It is snippet into the life and creative mind of a weaving artist that I am extremely fond of: Tien Chiu. She is an inspiration to me to push harder and think more critically about my own hand weaving. I sent her an email correspondence with a list of questions that I always want to know about weavers (or other textile artisans) that I read about, and she graciously sent me back some great insights into her work and what she is Continue Reading…

Top Five Inspiring Things for Your Eyes and Ears

I am part of a generation that has a very difficult time creating in absolute silence. Although I do enjoy the rhythmic beat of my loom as I work- I tend to lose focus and then the beat gets off and the pattern created has a glitch in it. When it requires true concentration I put on some music. But when I am doing a task that doesn’t require every single neuron to fire in my mind- I turn on a podcast or a video on my computer. I usually watch or listen to one or two and then my Continue Reading…

Fiber Friday: WeaveZine

Fridays are the time to rejuvenate, get excited, and start all the awesome things that the weekend allows you! The things that are inspiring me right now is getting stacked up for something awesome in the future. So, they will be in my back pocket for a while before I start letting you in my plans for fiber-awesomeness. So today, I will tell you about something that has been driving me to weave harder, faster, and with more passion. I love a good podcast. I have been listening to what seems to be the only podcast about weaving in iTunes:¬†WeaveCast: 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…