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…

Developing Designs

My life is incredibly hectic right now.  I’m not going to lie and say that I have been able to balance everything perfectly and find time to design. My design has been all over the board and without focus. So instead of staring blankly at the screen not knowing where to start, I have decided to share with you my process from the very beginning. The very raw and blank beginning. When I am looking for inspiration I tend to look towards fashion trend websites. The reason I do this that I can see palettes of colors in conjunction of 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…

Photographing Your Hand Weaving

I love looking at photographs of textiles- especially when the colors are rich and saturated. When I can see the individual stitches or picks of the cloth I tend to fall into the imagery. The age of digital cameras and inexpensive photo editing software makes it incredibly easy to share your own work with the rest of the world. Even if you are not confident with a camera, here are a few tips to help take baby steps in creating beautiful photographs of your weavings! Photograph your work against a neutral, non-competing background This is not a good photograph. Why? Continue Reading…

Fiber Friday: Stephanie Metz

So, this past week has been a little bit crazy. I have been focusing on getting product off the loom and setting up arrangements at work to get ready to move in a couple months. It has been stressful. So to alleviate some of this stress here is an artist who I love. Stephanie Metz She is a felt artist who resides in San Jose, California. She received her BFA in Sculpture from the University of Oregon. Her works focus on overly domesticated creatures, especially those whose form has overgrown their function. Her work has been featured in “500 Felt Objects” 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…

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…