Posts Tagged With: Color and Weave

CHT Art Camp 2014

It was Art Camp again and so it was get ready and head out early Friday morning for Brownwood, Texas. We meet at the Texas 4H center there which is perfect for our gathering. Now there is no direct route there from the Houston area and sometime I am actually going to sit down with a map and really plot out what looks the best way across, but alas that wasn’t this time and so muddled across with three GPSs to help guide us. Rather interesting how each one gives a different direction even when it looks like you chose the same one. I know there is a lesson in there if I would only ruminate on it.

My First painting

My First painting

My second piece of paper

My second piece of paper

But we arrived and soon the place was buzzing with 30+ ladies all excited about fiber. I was taking the paper basket weaving workshop and our group actually started work on Friday after supper. (Did I mention we eat really well while there and gain a few pounds each year?) We had big sheets of watercolor paper that we were to paint both sides. Now I didn’t understand it all at first and it really is a project that after you do the first ones you get it and want to start all over but that is for another time. It was paint paper night and so I did.

Backsides with glitter.

Backsides with glitter.

After painting one side, it was turn the pages over when dry and paint the other side. Now I hadn’t added a lot of color and what silver I had added was thin so they dried pretty fast and I was back to painting and trying to improve on the look. So in the end my fronts and backs weren’t as different as they should have been but they did come out different as the backs were darker (which is what I had wanted for the fronts) though still not as dark as my head envisioned it and I did add glitter to the backs though most of it was lost over time as well. Again I should have had thicker wet areas for it to adhere to.

The bottom woven together.

The bottom woven together.

At this point, it was off to bed to await what was to happen on the morrow. Saturday morning it was time to strip the paper into thin strips with a pasta cutter.  It was at that time that one realized that whatever you envisioned with your paper would change when viewed in those thin strips. After that, it was pick a pattern for your basket. This is where I missed the boat somewhat as the patterns were color and weave and I didn’t really have two distinct sides to either paper for color and weave but with the blue and red one I did have long strips that I could still work with so off we went.

Finished basket

Finished basket

Hard at work.

Hard at work.

Spending a day weaving, by the end, I had a basket whether you could see it as a color and weave pattern or not. The red corners from a bit of distance show the pinwheel the best. The blue and lavender are not very distinct.

Then it was an evening of learning about Rebecca’s fiber trip to Japan and weaving on my Zoom Loom. To bed. Early morning. Breakfast and back at it to learn how to make a bias basket. Now for weavers of cloth where you only work in two dimensions, the bias basket took a bit to wrap your head about and make work. But once I caught on to what I was suppose to do whether one thought they were going to just tear everything up it was rather fun to weave.

The bottom woven for bias basket

The bottom woven for bias basket

Pulling the corners up and weaving in the sides.

Pulling the corners up and weaving in the sides.

I did lay out my strips so that the two sides of my paper were in different directions and then I also made sure that the different ends were lined up together as well. So the horizontal strips in the picture are one side with the light end to the left and darker end to the right. The vertical strips also kept the two ends separate. So we wove and tightened and wove and tightened and wove and tightened. And then learned to weave in the ends from the corners into the next corner strands. Having kept my sides and ends together made it so that I ended up with diamonds of each color at the bottom as the sides came up. And I know none of this makes sense but maybe it will help me remember how it went.

Finished bias basket

Finished bias basket

Then on one goes till you get up as high as is feasible to make a top and make sure it is all even and then you weave in the ends so that what it looks like around the top reminds one of being a kid again and weaving together chewing gum wrappers. I might add that in this picture you may notice the bandaid. Yes, the day before I was very me and managed to cut my finger with scissors when trimming off the ends. These were even scissors that could be classified as children’s with blunt nose on them. Just incredibly glad I wasn’t using my pointy ones at the time. Who knows what damage I would have done to myself then.

My weird odd contraption

My weird odd contraption

As there was still time when I finished the bias basket and I still had some strips, I started on a smaller basket. Alas as I was running out of strips to come up the sides, I didn’t want to just cut the tall spokes off so decided in a fit of madness to try and weave them in together. It was crazy and Brenda even got in on it to try and see what we could create. It is a crazy odd contraption that has been called many things since its inception. In this picture we still hadn’t come up with a way to weave in all the spokes sticking out. I did get them to connect but just a wrap not a weave.  I am still debating to go ahead and cut the top off as it is totally unpractical and weird but who knows maybe it will sit somewhere forever looking out of place.

So all in all a fun weekend that I learned a new technique. The best part is that I have an idea for a project that learning how to do the bias basket will help with so it won’t be just a fun weekend that I won’t use anything I learned again. I doubt I continue with paper weaving but then I did have a friend last night say she had a pasta cutter she never uses….

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My Bamboo

I bought two cones of bamboo yarn for weaving at some CHT conference that was not the last one or at some event where yarn was given out or fairly cheap. I really don’t remember exactly when I got this yarn but it must have been fairly cheap or I would not have bought it. Or I had a moment of weakness and felt its luscious softness and fell too in love to allow it to stay at someone else’s possession.

So home it came with me and during my shadow weave excursion it came out and became a wonderful piece of 3D shadow weave. I was so amazed and awed by what can happen with two different colors and the shapes that could happen that I stopped and took photos in the process of one piece.

Shadow Weave

Shadow Weave

I wish you could reach your hand through the ether and touch this cloth. Ever so soft. But isn’t it fun how the two sides look so different depending on which direction the lines are going. And so 3Dish. Amazing what one can create with their own hand and some yarn.

With this warp I also wove a long piece to go on our mantle. We repainted the living room and the mantle was begging for some thing to lay down its length so I made a piece that would match the living room. These colors so went with what we did with the walls. Alas unless you are over 6 feet you will never know it is there or what wonders lie just out of sight. Not as fascinating a piece as the above but imagine that it came off the same warp and yet looks so different.

pattern of mantle piece

pattern of mantle piece

I have tried at least a million times, though that may be evangelistically speaking, to take pictures of this piece with no success. I wanted a nice one showing down some length but alas the colors all wash out no matter what I do with my camera. So here you can see the pattern and at each end there is an inch band with the colors reversed so it looks more of the tannish brown and less of the creamy white.

The reason this warp came to mind is that I have those two cones out again am going to be putting on a narrow warp for a scarf next on the floor loom. I hope it comes out as wonderful as I envision it. A soft wonderful scarf with a token of Tall Pines at each end.

This October is Tall Pines Weavers and Spinners 30th Birthday and we are planning a big party for the occasion. Hopefully I’ll have a wonderful scarf for the affair.

 

 

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Caleb’s Book

OK, my life has gotten too busy for this laid back girl. Why? I really don’t know for sure, but I sure have a lot of irons in the fire, and it is time to start pulling some out. So am going to be letting go of some things that I love doing and pushing on with others. Now all this means that none of my fibery fun is getting the axe. It is other areas that are.

One thing that made this past couple of weeks more hectic was suddenly realizing that my oldest nephew was graduating from high school in a couple weeks from then. Yikes! I really should make something nice for him. So to the drawing board we went and started with some blue cloth I had woven. I loved the pattern and being blue wouldn’t be considered girly to an 18 year old boy. The pattern is actually different on both sides so I had Mark decide which side would look better for the book. And thus the cleaner less hectic side won.

Caleb's Book

Caleb’s Book

The fabric of course wasn’t wide enough to cover the book and all I had on hand was black to use with it. So the book was bound in black cotton and the blue on top. It actually looked decent together. I did spend quite a bit of time on the insides which was family history for Caleb. A reminder that when your feeling down and insignificant, just look and see how many people it took God to make you up. And this is just a couple hundred plus years of the thousands that precede us. We are no flash in the pan to God but a work of art.

One thing I do need to do next time is review the procedure before starting. I don’t make books often now, and I do forget too much between times. And though this worked in a rush, I do wish it was a bit better. Of course everything though can be a bit better.

All the best Caleb as you move forward in your life.

A side note as I look at the picture writing this. The pattern has a total different look when it is this small on a screen. I see more of a rosette look to the pattern than just the crosses, but if you click on it and see it a bit bigger you can see the crosses. Rather interesting to see how the look of a pattern can change between being seen full scale to smaller scale.

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What to do with Small Bits

After I was having so much fun with triaxial weaving, I had to decide what would be a good use of these pieces I was creating. They don’t lend themselves to the normal towels, scarves, shawls, etc. of normal weaving. Then in perusing some of my small bits of woven cloth – you see when I spend that much time on a piece, I just can’t through away those little bits left over after making a project – I decided to try my hand at making some cards.

Now to find cards with windows in them has not been easy – at least on this side of the pond. I found quite a few on the other side for too much. So I decided to try and make my own. Here are the first results.

 

Bomber Flight

Bomber Flight

Color and Weave

Color and Weave

These first two are leftovers from other projects. I love how the bomber (in posts here and here) was the perfect size for the card opening I made. Also the color and weave pattern fit with three sections perfectly in the window.

 

 

 

 

Spaced dyed weft

Spaced dyed

Log Cabin

Log Cabin

These two also looked great. My first successful Log Cabin pattern, which I love how 3D it looks, and then a woven
piece that is a false plaid in that the warp and weft are space dyed yarn and the plaid look is a result of the color repeat in the yarn.

 

 

 

 

Purple Star

Purple Star

White and Gold Triaxial

White and Gold Triaxial

I love my triaxial weavings and these two fit so nicely in the windows. I also like the contrast with the card though the lilac color is prettier in reality than I could get a picture. The gold box in a sea of quartz is quite a piece of eye candy. That piece took a bit to make.

 

 

 

 

Pastel boxes

Pastel boxes

Tri-color Boxes

Tri-color Boxes

Here are two more triaxial woven pieces that I had woven and now are resting in windows in cards. The pastel pattern looks great in the lilac card. Then this is my very first triaxial piece that I wrote about here. I dearly love the look of it and how you can play with it with your eyes and it can change its look.

 

I loved making these cards and plan on continuing with them.

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A Quickie but a Workhorse

OK, I have waited too long to post again and I do have things to record here so will start today with a simple one.

Back a year or more ago I was into Shadow Weave and Color and Weave. I did several different patterns, and as usual some worked well and some did not. It really matters in both that you do use the right colors to play off of each other or the effect becomes too subtle to see.

In the midst of this a friend and I did a guild meeting on Shadow Weave. I wanted some easy projects to show. There are so many things you can do with weaving that do not require a big loom, and I wanted to maybe impact someone to even try something smaller. (There are a lot of spinners in our small guild and fewer weavers.)

I then came across Log Cabin on a pot holder loom, too cute, too simple, had to try it.

Log Cabin Potholder

So here it is as it looked two days ago. I had some old socks I never wore so cut them into loops and away we went with the pattern. It was fun and so quick to do. And in the end … I have a wonderful potholder that is just the right size for my small cast iron skillet. I use this pot holder several times a week with that skillet and it even comes out for the larger cast iron as well.

So for the cost of a little bit of time and a sock from two different pairs I never wore, I now have my work horse potholder for the cast iron.

I really should make more of these.

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Flag Cover

I’ve been waiting a bit too long for the perfect addition here and as it didn’t happen, I am now adding my latest quickie job. This was a case of a job needing something done for a long time and tonight – I finally did it.

We have a flag that gets hung out for holidays but alas it stands in the corner of the breakfast area the rest of the year. We have talked of a cover being needed for it, but I just never got around to it.

Tonight I went to my stash of handwovens and dug through them and found the perfect one for the job. Alas it was too short. So went back again and found a piece that had tried to be something else once – alas that failed and so was back on the shelf. Tonight it got pulled out and it was perfect for length (just had to cut of a little bit), perfect for width, and even had a fringe for the bottom.

color and weave failure but still good cloth

Yes, this is one of my first tries at color and weave and obviously despite the fact that the two colors were beautiful sitting beside each other on the shelf they muddled together – beautifully, but alas still muddled for something that was to be color and weave pattern.

fringe on failed color and weave

Of course getting a long picture of this was fruitless as it would be very narrow and at a distance. And, I wrote that like I would already know that and not even try. Alas and alack, that is not the case, I did try and didn’t like any of the pictures. So here you get an up close view of the fabric that is in a very soft wool silk mix.

Only the best for the American flag!

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