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weave a little, read a little

October 20, 2014

left on my back porch

equipment LeClerc 4 harness, 22 inch table loom

PLEASE – if you know anyone who would give it a new home let me know

I need it out of my kitchen

it would have to be picked up

$75 or best offer

P1050870and the postman brought these

The Peruvian Four-Selvaged Cloth (because Velma got it!)

published by the Fowler Museum at UCLA

P1050871why do I weave? – it’s the history, the people

would you weave incredible works of art sitting in the dirt while minding your babies

with just a few sticks for equipment??

and – Hitty – Her First Hundred Years  by Rachel Field

a wonderful American classic

the story of a little girl, Phoebe and her small wooden doll Mehitabel (Hitty for short)

a friend in Victoria has several Hitty’s and blogs here about their daily adventures

their story and pictures are enchanting

P1050867the green tea towels are finished

the small one on the right is the end of the warp – a little too short – it’s mine

P1050877they all have different borders – two different treadlings – and different greens in the weft

I would not be a good production weaver

weaving yards and yards of the same thing bores me to tears

P1050873once the sewing machine warmed up I finished this bag

P1050862the Amanita muscaria are back – bigger and more plentiful than ever

shibori fabric book

October 17, 2014

Please note: a picture has been removed at the request of Jane Callender

one last shibori sample

using Jane Callender’s stencil to copy the design onto the cotton

a sample book –  16″ X 17″

P1050855as a child my parents owned the country store in a small northern town

I spent hours amusing myself turning the pages of samples books for wool suiting materials

my mother stitched the big squares into quilts for our summer cottage

we slept and played under them, even dragging them to the beach to sit on

the book covers are recycled, indigo dyed cotton left over from remaking a coat

stitched together in boro fashion

with pockets on the front and the buttonhole on the original collar used as a closure

P1050856stitched together with Japanese stab binding

and shibori buttons added just for fun

P1050854the book has a nice weight

it is fun to sit and turn the pages

the samples are neatly organized for teaching

the stitching isn’t difficult to undo if I want to add pages

now it is back to weaving!

still sampling

October 14, 2014

Please note: the pictures in this post have been removed at the request of Jane Callender

in every workshop there are techniques you know you will use again and develop your own interpretation

some don’t quite work for you

those are the ones with the most to learn from – or so I have always thought

shown hanging in the window

this started with 2 layers of fabric stitched together

white cotton and a bright turquoise silk

I tied in shibori circles and then cut away the cotton fabric between the stitching

another piece of all white cotton and silk stitched in parallel lines

at home, I marked and stitched a diagonal pattern

dyed it in indigo and again cut away the cotton

you have to be very careful not to cut the underlying fabric

(I have a plan for those cut away strips!)

and again, it looks best with the light behind it

nice window treatment but any strong light will fade the natural dyes

I bought 2 stencils for marking repeat patterns from teacher, Jane Callender

but wanted to experiment with making my own design

P1050829I drew a pattern on heavy paper and transferred it to cotton with a water-soluble marking pen

stitched, pulled-up and dyed in a henna and pomegranate  dye bath

then into the indigo

 now I know the pattern works I will make it on mylar so it will stand up to repeated use

the first dye – a pale yellow top dyed with indigo gives more depth to the colour

top is the piece done at home – dyed first in indigo and top dyed in henna, the henna isn’t dark enough

on the bottom is the piece dyed at the workshop, the top dye was a very strong iron

I’m going to continue trying this oneon the left the workshop piece

on the right, random stripes and pole wrapped on the diagonal

whew!  I have a couple more ideas and then I’ll stitch them all into a sample book.

an invitation

October 9, 2014

the Victoria Handweavers’ and Spinners’ Guild will be hosting the 2017 ANWG Conference

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at

P1050819the University of Victoria

ANWG is the Association of Northwest Weaver’s Guilds

planning has already started

information is available at http://www.anwgconference2017.com

and will be updated as more information becomes available

P1050814the campus has wonderful outdoor spaces, gardens and walking paths

with the ocean, a golf course and village shopping near by

P1050815it has grown since I was there – as a mature student – in 1986-7

P1050817the autumn colours are beautiful

the summer gardens will be in full bloom during the conference June 27 – July 2

we would be delighted if you could come and spin, weave and dye with us

connect with old friends

and enjoy the inspiration and excitement  of a textile conference

I am on the committee – “hanging the shows” – and a lot more

if you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment

or email me at mjbetts@telus.net

old warp, new warp

October 7, 2014

there is something about blue and white!

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the pinwheel warp is washed and pressed

four different patterns

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my favorite work bag

the dark band for the top of the bag was woven with white weft and top dyed in indigo

it is fun to test new shibori ideas on the lining fabric

there is enough fabric to make a patch pocket on the outside

and three small shoulder bags

P1050787next – more pinwheels

a request for tea towels has me preparing for Christmas

the first warp – green and a very light cream

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after that a red and cream warp

 I’ll vary the patterns, the borders and the shade of green weft

making each towel a little different seems more handwoven to me

then I will need a break from the pinwheels.

what if?

October 2, 2014

Please note: some pictures in this post have been removed at the request of Jane Callender

the weather stays reasonably warm – and it doesn’t rain

I can dye shibori samples

to remind myself of the techniques learned in the workshop

two cotton pieces folded in half and then accordion folded in pie shapes

one piece stitched, the other block resisted

the one on the right is boring

so

better?

stitched and pole wrapped

I like this one – it has possibilities

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weaving the pinwheel pattern as stripes

white weft and indigo weft

I plan to top dye the white weft in indigo

weaving like crazy to get it off the loom and into the vat

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I have help!

she keeps spinning down to have a look

magic

September 30, 2014

The Silk Weaving Studio

on Granville Island

P1050690also the home of Sanjo Silk

P1050689is a place of fibre magic – silk in all its lovely forms

and always a small exhibition of beautiful textiles

P1050694in the front window a piece by Reiko Sudo

P1050696director of the legendary  Nuno Corporation

P1050683known for its innovative textile techniques

P1050684fabrics to dream about

P1050686together with the work of Professor Masayoshi Ohashi

who studied under Japan’s first Living National Treasure, Keisuke Serizawa

P1050687it was a privilege to see this unique work

and if that wasn’t enough

a friendly dinner at the Sandbar Seafood Restaurant

P1050691with a wonderful view of False Creek

P1050692and the Vancouver city skyline

all too soon it’s back to the bus depot – Waterfront Station

built for the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1914 it has an interesting history

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and then, Cinderella turns into a handful of thrums

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