Instagram and the Weaver

I’ve tried a lot of different social media avenues with my weaving work. I have a Facebook for Comfort Cloth, I have a Twitter account and I have Instagram. Let me start by saying I hated Instagram because I felt like it was disconnecting people from the real world. “Oh we have climbed all the way to the top of this mountain- hold on a minute while I Instagram it!” Not my idea of enjoying the moments of your life. However, I am finding that I am using Instagram a lot, especially for my weaving endeavors. Here is why: You can Continue Reading…

Weaver’s Knot

I just finished another warp of blankets from my loom. As I was looking to what I had left, I had quite a bit of loom waste left over. I decided it was time to try a new technique to preserve the threading of the heddles and the sleying of the reed but still wind on a new warp. I tied on the new warp to the old warp- thread by thread. This may seem crazy- but this way I can weave the full length of the older warp and not have to crouch down behind the loom to get Continue Reading…

New England Weavers Seminar 2013

This past weekend I went to Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts to attend the biennial conference “New England Weavers Seminar”. The conference included a series of lectures, hands on classes, and other educational opportunities such as Juried Shows, Guild Exhibitions and guided tours. Since this was my first time attending and I do not have a loom that is easily transportable, I decided to take a series of lecture classes. This year the theme was “Weavers Together: Never Ending Weaving Stories” which brought together historical, cultural and technological influences that showed in many of the weaver’s work. The lectures and Continue Reading…

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…

Overshot Basics

I contracted the weaving bug when I first started looking at overshot. There is something about the idea of making circles and curves in a format of 90 degree angles that has always been intriguing to me. However, I didn’t know the slightest thing about overshot patterns when I tried them. I couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t creating roses, or stars, or anything really- just weird floats with no pattern structure at all. The above pattern has been on my “to weave list” since I could comfortably warp a loom by myself. Now that I have designed a little Continue Reading…

16 hours, 400 miles, 2 states, 1 van, 1 loom.

Yesterday Eric and I had an adventure. Our adventure concluded with me sitting at my new AVL, 16 harness, A-Series, Compu-Dobby Loom. Eric and I picked up the loom from Pam Engberg, weaver and teacher at FireWatch Weaver’s in Brimfield, Massachusetts. Pam and I met through the online forum weavolution. For those who do not know, weavolution is a digital community for weavers to meet, share ideas and projects and to problem solve issues they have while working. It is an excellent resource to connect to weavers around the world. Pam and I met over a discussion on articles she 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…

Mistakes Leading to Bright Ideas

My blankets are woven and being washed. Because of their size and my limitations in space, I have to wash the blankets one at a time in my bathtub and hang it over the shower curtain rod. To eliminate having a completed flooded bathroom floor from the dripping water I first roll the blankets in a towel to soak up the excess water. The first two blankets I washed in this manner worked out well. Although the blankets did shrink up more then I had expected, they are still beautiful. The third blanket I picked up from the tub and Continue Reading…

Not Enough Treadles for the Tie-Up

Recently, I received an email with a question about reading tie-ups, specifically referencing a page in the The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory  by Anne Dixon. If you look to pages 38 and 39 of this book (and elsewhere, this is just specifically mentioned in my email) the threading of the pattern looks simple enough. With most four harness patterns there are six treadles that are used. Two for the tabby and four for the twill patterning. In these drafts however there are 12-14 treadles being used. I also had that same surge of panic when I looked at those black blocks in Continue Reading…

How to Plan a Project: Sett Samples

Once upon a time I had a professor at college who pushed making samples so much that it drove me up the wall. I developed a diversion to producing samples for anything and just jumping right in and solving issues in the final project as I worked. Now that I have had time to work on my own without supervised direction I have realized the importance of samples. Samples were especially helpful with this current project that I am working on. The series of blankets that are on my large loom were sett correctly for the size of yarn. The Continue Reading…