Using cotton thread from Guatemala and 60/2 silk for the inlay work, I am weaving a lightweight scarf on my backstrap loom. The main motifs were inspired by a small plant design that I was taught in Guatemala. I took the leaf pattern and expanded it into an imaginary tropical plant and flower.
The yellow and turquoise used together remind me of tropical seas and golden mangoes.
This project has also been an opportunity to explore the use of circular warps with a coil rod which I have seen being used by backstrap weavers in Ecuador and by my Montagnard (Vietnamese hilltribe) weaving teacher as well as on looms of Bhutan, Bangladesh and SE Asia.
the colors just glow!
Very nice, indeed.
I am no expert, but to me, this is approaching gallery caliber work—and I don't mean selling, I mean exhibiting. (Hey, if you want to sell, I think you would have NO problem!)
I would love to see a collection of your work at an exhibit in a major metro area. For example, the Brooklyn Museum is known for their textile collection, so I would think their patrons would be appreciative. I have no doubt some universities would love to launch an exhibit of your work and would be interested in the regions you have studied. Please consider this as another avenue to reach a broader audience. I have no idea how you might pursue this path, but the work certainly speaks for itself.
I agree with Sally. :-)
Beautiful! Can you explain more about what a coil rod is / how it's used?
The colors and the designs are just gorgeous!
I also am curious what a coil rod is.
Thanks for the nice comments everyone.
SallyE...my aim is to discover what exactly the coil rod does and I am pleased to say that I have found it useful in this project. I wrote a blog post about the coil rod before I started this project and aim to follow up when I have finished to talk about my findings. ADH, I called my blog post "the curious coil rod" as I, too shared your curiosity!