Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A quick weave.....


Twill Fingertip Towels
Classic Twill towels - Weaver's Craft #17 pg. 4-5
I had purchased a Schacht Standard Loom in the summer of 2015 and wanted to do a quick test weave on it to see how it compared to the other looms in the Studio.  The towels were cut off the loom in December 2015 and are now just waiting for me to do the hemstitching.

The making of the Neutral Squares Tapestry (completed 11-11-2015)

Woven on the Fireside 60" Traditional Tapestry Loom

Day 1
Day 1

Day 2

Day 2 Front
Day 2
Day 2 - From the side I'm weaving on

Day 3
Day 3

Day 4
Day 4

Day 5
Day 5

Day 6
Day 6
Day 8
Day 8

Natural Squares Tapestry
Final TapestryFinished Size: 13.5” x 18”

Finished Double Width Blanket

I had the warp wound on the back beam back in April 2015 when life then got terribly busy.  I finally threaded the heddles,  sleyed the reed and began weaving this blanket on 11-24-2015 and  finishing it on 11-30-2015.  It's amazing how fast the weave went once I had the time to work on it!


Finished measurements:
Width: 71"
Length w/o fringe: 77"
Length including fringe: 86"

Sunday, April 19, 2015

What's currently on the looms?


Double Width Blanket on Toika
The 48" Toika has a double width blanket wound on ready to be threaded.

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The 40" Toika has 10/2 cotton wound on ready to be threaded, to weave 24 shaft linen weft towels.

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The 60" Fireside Tapestry Loom has the remaining warp from the previous owner that I threaded up and am just playing with what is left on it.

ATA mentoring samplers
The 36" Fireside cantilever Tapestry Loom has a completed study of angles on it, on the right warp.   The left warp will be a study of curves and circles
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The other 36" Fireside cantilever Tapestry Loom is warped and ready for a project.
It's a good feeling when all of the looms are warped with a project either in progress or planned.  Both Fireside Cantilever Tapestry looms have been brought into the house, so that I can squeak in a few minutes of weaving here and there.

Angles Sampler


Angle Study in TapestryATA mentoring samplers

Nothing earth shattering, just a angles sampler. I've been working on this with the guidance of a mentor, thru the American Tapestry Alliance within their Mentoring Program which is a 6 month commitment. This was my first exercise. Working with angles and learning how to achieve the different degree of angles. The mentoring program is an awesome benefit that can be used if desired with the membership. Finished size: 14.5" x 8.5" The next sampler on the left warp will be curves and circles.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

January / February 2015 Tapestry Diary


Tapestry Final
This Diary was woven to prove to myself that I can stick to a daily tapestry weaving routine by weaving a section a day for January / February by going out to the Studio early each morning and weaving for at least an hour.  Finished size: 16.5” x 19”
Final thoughts:
Weaving this diary has been a wonderful experience and has got me in the habit of daily tapestry weaving, which I will continue on the next pieces.  Some of the entries have personal meaning while others were just practicing techniques.

Monday, October 20, 2014

First real tapestry complete!


First non sampler tapestry.
Finished size:  18" x 13.5"
I just finished hanging my first "non sampler" tapestry.   Worthy of hanging? Hmmm - not so sure, but it will serve as a reminder, showing the skill growth I acquire as I continue learning tapestry skills (since it is hanging right next to the loom). I began this after the 1st Part of Rebecca's Mezoff's Online Class, then life got in the way over the summer.   Five months of very sporadic weaving, so today I'm very happy to see it completed. Now to move onto the next project on the tapestry loom.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Certainly not masterpieces - but you've gotta start somewhere!

Rebecca Mezoff's Online Tapestry Class has been the "PUSH" I needed to begin using the tapestry looms I've been acquiring for the last few years.  I've learned so much already!  Part 2 has just started and I've only begun weaving the sampler for that class.  I'll post photos once I have enough to show.

The photos below are what I have woven in less than a month, using the skills she has taught.

PART 1 Sampler
Sampler woven / still on Mirrix loom.  Rebecca's Mezoff's online tapestry class - Part 1

Tapestry Class - Part 1 Sampler
Part 1 Sampler Complete

Finished Tapestries
5" x 6" and 6" x 6"
Playing with techniques learned in Rebecca's Class
Shannock
Decided to play on the 2' Shannock.
Front side is showing in this photo.  The completed size should be about 13" x 24".
This is the back
Showing the tapestry from the back - This is the side I am weaving from.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Rebecca Mezoff's Online Tapestry Course


Today I signed up for Rebecca Mezoff's Online Tapestry Course: Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry, Part 1.  Part 1 officially begins on April 28th and runs thru May 26th.  Parts 2 and 3 will follow ending  July 25th.  Additional access of the course material is available thru August 9th .  I do plan on taking all of the 3 parts that Rebecca is offering.  I've been looking at Rebecca's tapestries on her blog for many months and when I recently watched the video trailer for her class, I was convinced!  I am drawn to her style of weaving and I love the enthusiasm and energy that she projects.

For the last week my husband Jim said "Rebecca's class is all you've been talking about and why don't you just sign up for them".  Well, that was all the nudge I needed!  I'm so excited!

Once signed up, there is a "Preliminary Information" section that I was able to access prior to the class starting date.  In this section - there is a video discussion of the tools, yarn and looms that will be used in this course given by Rebecca, along with a couple PDF's  and many links to where supplies can be obtained.

If the "preliminary info" section is any indication of what the rest of this course will be like, then I made a great choice in who I will study tapestry weaving from!  

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Currently on the looms....


24 shaft twill
24 shaft Twill on the 48" Toika Eeva - 8/2 cotton warp and weft
Helen's towels
10 shaft Satin weave  on the 40" Toika Eeva - 10/2 cotton warp and hemp weft.
SR 6
20 shaft towels woven with Lunatic Fringe Foxfiber 10/2 Cotton
SR 6
20 shaft towels woven with Lunatic Fringe Foxfiber 10/2 Cotton
SR 3.5
20 shaft towels woven with Lunatic Fringe Foxfiber 10/2 Cotton

Friday, April 4, 2014

What's been happening in the Studio ..... just a few things from the loom.


29 shaft silk 60/2
29 shaft Silk Scarf woven with 60/2 silk
Silk Scarf - 2
29 shaft Silk Scarf woven with 60/2 silk
Double Weave Runner
Double Weaver Reversible Runner woven with 10/2 pearl cotton
Double weave Runner
Double Weaver Reversible Runner woven with 10/2 pearl cotton
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24 shaft towels woven with 8/2 un mercerized cotton
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24 shaft towels woven with 8/2 un mercerized cotton
Napkins
Napkins woven with 10/2 Lunatic Fringe Color Spectrum Cotton
Lunitic Fringe Color Spectrum Towels
Hand Towels woven with 10/2 Lunatic Fringe Color Spectrum Cotton
Alurhing Towels
Dish Towel woven with Lunatic Fringe Foxfiber 10/2 Cotton
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Waffle Weave Towels woven with 6/2 un mercerized cotton
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Waffle Weave Towels in progress

Monday, September 2, 2013

REP Projects - From the Vavstuga Class I attended in July 2013 - part 3

Dawn's Rug
4 shafts / 4 blocks

REP RUG
Finished, hemmed measurements: 43” x 23.5"

WARP: 8.2 Bockens Cotton
WEFT: Mixi Stranggarn (String Yarn) and Borgs 8/2 cotton
LOOM: Glimakra 47” 4 shaft, counter balance 
number of warp ends: 1544
width in reed: 25” (64centimeters)
REED: 60 dents in 10 cm - 2 per heddle, 4 per dent 
24 EPC

Monday, August 5, 2013

REP Projects - From the Vavstuga Class I attended in July 2013 - part 2

REP - 4 Blocks on 8 Shafts - Version 2


REP - 4 Blocks on 8 Shafts

REP Runner - 4 Blocks on 8 Shafts
Warp: 16/2 cotton
Weft:  Mini Stranggarn (String Yarn)
Total Warp Ends: 1608 
Warp Width: 17.71”
Finished, Hemmed Size: 17.5” x 34.75

Friday, August 2, 2013

REP Projects - From the Vavstuga Class I attended in July 2013 - part 1


Blue and White REP Runner - White Side
Close up of the white side of the Runner
Blue and White REP Runner - White Side
White side of the Runner 
Blue and White REP Runner - Blue Side
Close up of the Blue Side of the Runner
Blue and White REP Runner - Blue Side
Blue Side of the Runner
WARP: 8.2 Bockens Cotton
WEFT:  Mini Stranggarn (String Yarn) and Borgs 8/2 cotton
LOOM: Glimakra 4 shaft, counter balance
Number of warp ends: 992
Finished, hemmed measurements: 32.5”” x 21.25”