Great news for those of us who use a shoelace method for tying onto the front apron! Nadine Sanders, aka The Singing Weaver, is once again offering flat braided polyester shoelaces. I was getting pretty concerned since I was unable to find these at a decent price and mine were starting to wear out (not to mention a couple I've accidentally cut - oops!), so I'm glad to see she has brought them back. My order of 40 laces arrived earlier this week.
The "shoestrings", along with her booklet "Warping on A Shoestring", are available at Nadine's site singingweaver.com.
I spent a couple hours last Thursday and again Saturday afternoon demonstrating sprang at The Knitting Tree L.A. in Culver City, during the L.A. County Yarn Crawl. The pretty rainbowy yarn is a skein I bought at the shop.
Now that CNCH 2016 is behind us ... it's official: I'll be teaching at next year's CNCH 2017. I'm so excited that it's going to be held at Asilomar Conference Grounds again next year!
I'll be teaching "The Unwoven Warp: Layering Sprang on Woven Cloth". Keep the dates in mind; this is a wonderful retreat-like conference in a lovely Pacific coastal setting, and I'm sure there will be plenty of exciting workshops on offer.
I just got home from a weekend at another great CNCH, the Conference of Northern California Handweavers, where I took a one-and-a-half day workshop on doup leno with Patrice George. What a fun class, in which I learned a different setup than the one I've been using, where the doups are hung from the top heddle bar vs. coming up from the bottom. In the photo you can see the shed I was getting on my little table loom. The advantage is that it uses only one harness instead of the
2-harness combination as I've been doing. I foresee some experiments
now to see which system is going to work best for me.
Patrice had us doing some warp substitution, rethreading and resleying to try out different effects. Check out a couple of the funky knitting yarns I was playing with. Quite freeing weaving!
The exhibit will be up through May 21 at The Branch Gallery, 1031 W. Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA. Hours are on Fridays through Sundays, plus some special events.
My piece is the black and white one. Several people were intrigued with my technique combining double weave and sprang warp braiding.
The gallery, which focuses on fiber art, is a nice space in an industrial area near LAX that is being repurposed into new businesses including art-related ventures. Several of us met up before the reception at the (aptly-named for us!) Three Weavers Brewing Company, a microbrewery located in the same building complex.