Saturday, September 29, 2012

Scarves from last week's class

This week attendees from the classes last week sent me some images of their pieces from the class.

Karen's scarf from the Stashbuster scarf session.

Here's Q's scarf from the sock yarn class!

Tomorrow I'll be in Anaheim teaching at Newton's Yarn Country fall seminars and checking out their parking lot sale....

Thursday, September 27, 2012

In the studio

The last couple of days in the studio I got things done for several projects.  Finally, I got started weaving some grey chenille scarves.

They are several yummy shades of grey and I'm very pleased with the progress.  The warp was wound and resting on another loom for several months before I finally got around to putting it on the loom, so it's great to be weaving them.

I've also been working on another couple of pieces for exhibition.  I wove a very long warp for a wall panel that's scheduled to be exhibited at Fox Fine Jewelry in Ventura in November and December.  But I cut a section off the same warp to show in the Studio Channel Islands Art Center member's show starting next week.  The piece is a combination of wool and rayon chenille, where the wool is felted to make the chenille pucker.  The wool didn't felt evenly and I didn't like the way the piece hung so I stretched it out on a blocking board, wet it and let it dry.  Here it is on the blocking board.

Another thing I'm working on is developing a course for on rigid heddle weaving.  Right now I'm planning the projects I'll use to demonstrate the techniques.  Here's how that's looking.....

It's been lots of fun getting new yarns and deciding what projects to match them up with.  More to come as these pieces develop..... 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

On Saturday I gave a demonstration on warping a rigid heddle loom at the Ventura County Handweavers Guild.  Then in the afternoon we had a class on using sock yarn to weave scarves that create lovely patterns with almost no effort.  The self striping sock yarns make scarves that look like you spent a lot of time planning out a pattern when actually the yarn does all the work for you.  How fun is that?
Today we spend the day making scarves from everyone's stash yarns. That's always a great time seeing what each person brings and how it can all be put together into beautiful patterns.  Sometime starting with a yarn that isn't a favorite can result in something truly wonderful.  

Having fun in the Stash Scarf class for the Ventura County Handweavers Guild.

Elisa and Mary Ann doing extra long warps.

Yarns for Elisa's next project!

Friday, September 21, 2012

First thoughts

Usually I get so caught up I what I'm doing on a daily basis, that I forget to keep track of what I've gotten done...

So I'm hoping a blog will help me see all the projects I'm working on and getting finished. And if there is any feedback, I'll know better what direction to continue.

Blogging is new for me and I'm not very saavy on the specifics, so this will be a learning curve for me.

This weekend I'll be giving a talk and two classes for the Ventura County Handweavers and Spinners Guild on weaving on rigid heddle looms. I'm looking forward to it!  Sharing weaving with people is one of my favorite things so it will be lots of fun. My only reservation is that I've had the flu and my voice isn't back full strength yet, so that may be a challenge.