Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Great Projects on the Looms This Week

Sandra weaving her runner and Mary Margaret at the warping board

Jackie working on a new run of dishtowels

Lila is learning tapestry weave

Karen finishing up a throw made with her own handspun  yarn

Sandra's overshot runner

Stevie beginning a new wool throw

Susan working on a run of small cotton blankets

Pat's wool and cotton rug

There's been so much activity here this week, and all of it pretty exciting work, so we wanted to give you a peek.

Mary Margaret is gearing up for her third project, a hand dyed wool singles blanket (which we'll follow up on in detail next week), by winding spools from skeins, and then building her three-section warp. 

Jackie is working on a run of 8/2 cotton dishtowels, in some bold and beautiful colors. She's doing a plain twill stripe with different wefts for each towel to experiment with what varying color combinations will do, with some very handsome results.

Lila, our 13-year-old apprentice, is working on a tapestry bag right now. Norman showed her the basics before he left on his winter sojourn, and she's designed her own diamond patterns, with a few different degrees of difficulty and problem solving to work out, all part of her learning process. Her great eye for color is definitely at work in her choices of yarn for this piece.

Karen is here for the month of February, learning more indelibly how to build a good warp. She processes, spins, and dyes her own wool, and has been using her own yarn to make a number of very beautiful, earthy, twill stripe throws, the texture of which are quite wonderful and one-of-a-kind.

Sandra spent quite a bit of time dissecting the weave structure out of a wonderful cotton shawl that a friend had brought her from South American travels. She figured out how to reproduce the pattern (albeit with different yarns) and is currently making an exquisite runner using this lovely overshot weave.

Stevie whipped through another gorgeous throw this week, using up odds and ends from her stash of yarn to come up with a reverse twill block pattern in shades of berry, pink, purple, and white.

Susan has been working on a run of small cotton blankets using a chunky organic cotton yarn that we've hand dyed for her. They're each a different color - one purple, one red, one green - with bold herringbone stripes...incredibly handsome.

Pat has been working on a calimanco stripe rag rug warp. Her first rug was with cotton rag weft, but the last two she experimented with using a chunky carpet wool, first with plain weave and then with a reverse twill block. The results are quite wonderful...and somebody's feet are going to be very happy.

It's pretty cool when there are so many interesting projects going on all at once...very inspiring for everyone to see each day, and to reconfigure in their own ways to come up with new projects.

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