Saturday, September 23, 2017

Seasons

For the change of season, a run of towels in summer & winter weave, just off the loom yesterday and through the wash...

Monday, September 18, 2017

My work showing now at Chemers Gallery

My work is now in a gallery: Chemers Gallery has a nice space and represents works in a variety of media - including fiber.

A sampling of my scarves are there now, including leno, weaving with sprang, and other weaves "with a twist" (some literal, some figurative).

Chemers Gallery
17300 Seventeenth St, Ste G
Tustin, CA
Hours:
Monday-Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday by appointment


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Fiber Arts Shows open this week!

I had the honor of jurying the West Coast Fiber Arts show held by the Escondido Arts Partnership. This was my first time being a juror for a show.

Here's a glimpse of just a portion of the exhibit. Come visit this municipal gallery to see all the fabulous works in tapestry, quilting embroidery, basketry, handweaving, knitting, beading and more. Four of my works are featured in this show as well.

In the same gallery the Designing Weavers, a juried fiber arts group, is exhibiting work for two of our recent themes, "Time Flies" and "Let It Sparkle". Here's a view of the entrance. Come see the whole thing; there's more around the corner!

Both shows run September 8 - October 7, 2017. The opening reception is Saturday, September 9, 5:30-8:30. Location and hours:

Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery
262 East Grand Avenue
Escondido, CA 92025
Tues 11-5,  Thur-Sat 11-4
www.escondidoarts.org

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Loom Upgrade

Okay, who can tell which of these table napkins was woven using a mechanical dobby, and which the electronic dobby? (Hint: I can't, and I wove them both.) These have a section of huck lace in the center of them, with plain weave in the striped borders. In the middle of a run of napkins, the CompuDobby I ordered arrived from AVL Looms. So I decided to swap it in.

 

I had to remove the main roller from the dobby head, and a bunch of parts from the side. Here they are along with some of the dobby chain (wooden bars with pegs) that drives the mechanical system, my box of extra pegs and pegging tool.






The replacement for all that is this black box, magnet, and pair of sensors to tell if I have the dobby bar raised or lowered as I'm weaving. Installation involved drilling one hole, so I had the BF come over and do it -- no way I trust my (lack of) woodworking skills to that! It all went surprisingly smoothly and is working great so far. I like not having to screw in all those little pegs for every project, or swap out chains just to switch from pattern to tabby areas. However it's going to take some getting used to having a loom with an "on" switch!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Art Show this Weekend - Fiber Art and More

See my work and lots more at the annual Studio Arts Festival hosted by the Irvine Fine Arts Center in Heritage Park. I'm participating as a member of South Coast Weavers and Spinners Guild.

Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: 14321 Yale Ave., Irvine (in Heritage Park)
Admission and parking: Free

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Layered Sprang on RH loom

After reading my scarf project article in Mar/Apr 2016 Handwoven magazine, rigid-heddle weaver Amanda Cluxton figured out how to do sprang on weaving on a rigid-heddle loom. Check it out in the photo:  where it is woven in, her supplementary warp is just "sistering" the ground warp in plain weave. Cool!

You can see another shot of the project off the loom and more of Amanda's projects at ravelry.com under user acd101.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Dye Day Blah Results - and a Pleasant Surprise

It was a beautiful day to spend at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens for the annual Fiber Arts Day. I was one of the dyers again (our fourth year now!). We had our usual beautiful setting under a nice shade tree beside the herb garden. I had fun sharing about dyeing and the fiber arts with the hundreds of visitors coming through the Gardens.

My dye results were less than successful, the beauty of the day notwithstanding. Out of my four dyepots I'd planned, only one - the madder - turned out as I'd hoped. One didn't even make it as far as getting the yarn in.  The other three are pictured here. From left to right, olive leaves (alum mordant), olive leaves (copper mordant), madder (alum), madder (copper), avocado pits (alum), avocado pits (copper).

After a long day with less-than-desireable results, it was a super pleasant surprise to come home to a package on my doorstep from Colorado.  Schacht Spindle Company gifted me a beautiful shuttle, complete with a note from Barry Schacht. It made my day!