I am finally starting to get to the studio, although still only very short spurts, as the clearing out of my mother's apartment nears an end and her affairs are set in order. I am hoping to begin weaving on the rayon chenille warp I beamed yesterday and threaded/sleyed/tied on today. Hopefully I can get that warp woven off tomorrow afternoon. But we'll see how the final push to clear out the apartment goes. What is left is what we will keep, and finding places for it all will be a bit of a challenge. :(
But it did feel good to finally get back to the loom.
WoW! Am I ever tired! And I hardly did anything today but answer a few questions. (And lecture for a couple of hours, but...) Great group. Amazing progress. New weavers taking on challenges and nailing them. Makes my little heart go pitty pat. :^)
Just finished show #2 of this season (we are only doing three this year). Unfortunately doing #3 means packing our personal items tonight, trying to get some sleep, leaving before the crack of dawn (if we can get going), driving 450 miles, unloading, then collapsing into bed for set up Tuesday.
Well, that's a good question. Uses of balanced cloth could be counted cross stitch, other embroidery techniques that rely on balanced cloth, plaids and tartans, colour and weave effects, lace weaves, just to name a few off the top of my head. Bwhich admittedly may not be functioning as I can't sleep tonight. :(
for scarves and shawls I sometimes push the balance 'off' for more warp emphasis, using a thicker warp and finer weft.
In my experience, the merc 5/2 is denser and smoother than the 8/2. Hopefully you will see more coverage after wet finishing. This is why 'we' always say to sample! Because change one thing, and everything can change. :)
Thanks Queezle - that was exactly the tone I was aiming for. :)
I am now working on A Book. Estimated publication date is by the end of 2017. I'm hoping it will help people understand the subtleties of the craft. It won't be a 'how to learn' book, necessarily, but a 'how to weave better' approach. And again, hopefully, in the vein of "have you considered doing this". Because it all depends. Different looms, different weave structures, different *weavers* will need to do things differently.
I used to think 'my' way was the best way. And it is - for *me*. But we each have to approach the craft of weaving with our abilities and disabilities in mind and work with or around them, as appropriate. :)
Anyone happy with my presentation would be kind if they would go to the Interweave Store and review the presentations. ;)
And don't forget - the digital version of Magic in the Water is available for sale here on Weavo - go to the Magic in the Water group...
Well, DH is still in his jammies - you'd think it was a holiday or something! Anyway, I need to go wind a warp and at least get that part done. What I'm going to do with all the crap on my work table... :(
Then there is the problem of some English words having so many meanings. Sharon Alderman's book Mastering Weave Structures (I think it is called) or Madelyn van der Hoogt's book (title escapes me - not enough coffee this morning?)
Then there is the tendency for English speakers to 'name' specific threading/tie-up/treadling combinations with cute labels, like all the different overshot threadings with 'fancy' names as in M. P. Davison's book. Sometimes it is hard to separate an actual threading/interlacement from a 'marketing name'. I recently saw this again in regards to 'dimity' (which reminds me - I need to look that term up in Watson's book to get *his* take).
I envy people who have more than one language. I have tried (and failed) to learn something other than English.
I got home yesterday hoping the worst of the reno work would be over by the time I got here. Of course it isn't. So the studio will have to remain topsy turvy with goat trails through it. I've asked for help getting the Leclerc back into it's place so I can toss a couple of place mat warps on and get them woven in time for our first show of the season (last weekend in Oct). But it's a mess and will remain so for the forseeable future. I am NOT happy. :(