Friday, January 31, 2014

Weaving from Old Times

The boys and I did the following pieces in the late 90s...

The orange & green piece above was a miniature Navajo sampler from Noel Bennett & Tiana Bighorse's books.. I believe it was from "Weaving With the Wool", which is now only available as a used book. I don't know if their newer book (which is a combination of the first book & Designing with the Wool) "Navajo Weaving Way" is still in print or not. Good books!

The piece on the right was an experiment with a Navajo design. Both were done on the Tornadowood paperback loom (no longer in production). All the pieces on this page were done on Tornadowood paperback looms...

The 2 pieces above are "magic carpets" that I helped my son Harrison make... 

Evan did the piece above

Micah did the piece above. I found these on my website. I only had the thumbnail version of Micah's piece (which is why it is so fuzzy)...  Evan and Micah were around 4 years old and Harrison was around 2... (I did say he had a lot of help but he picked out the colors and did the actual weaving... I probably just beat the yarn into place...)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Sketchbook Project mailed!

Well, I sent my sketchbook project in today & here are a few scans of the book:

The following is from a book by Jill Domschot called Anna and the Dragon. An excerpt on the left and an illustration on the right. The book is available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback format. I will find out if it is available anywhere else.

8 things about me and the Ah seed syllable:

Color Trickery, gesso, acrylic paint, black pigment ink pen, zig markers:

I showed the tapestry in yesterday's blog entry.. here is a little info about it:

There are several other pages; I may post more, or I may make a PDF of the book...

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Tiny tapestry that's in my Sketchbook Project book...

I'm sending a sketchbook to The Sketchbook Project in NY and it will be going on a tour this summer. At this writing, I think it will go on the Southwest tour, but I'm not 100% sure.

Here is a tiny tapestry that I included on the inside of the back cover. It is 2" x 2.5" and the warp is about 11 epi (doubled button thread) and the white section is done in 22 epi. The weft is 2/18 lace wool and 2/18 lace wool silk and the tan at the bottom is probably 1 strand of Paternayan wool. It was fun to do!

The reason it is not straight at the top and bottom was because I mounted the piece with an adhesive. It WAS pretty straight before I used the adhesive. Then I sewed some button thread on the edges to secure it better.

I haven't decided if I'm going to put some kind of frame around it to cover the warp threads.

I did this on my smallest Brennan loom. It's around 6" wide and about 10" tall...  I'll take a pic some day. I have had this little loom for almost 4 years!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Show and Tell Night at Chisholm Trail Art Guild

Here are 2 pictures from last night's show and tell:

 Here I am explaning how the shed changer works.

I may not be using a shed stick with this loom as the shed Stays Open... this is one difference between the Mirrix shedding device and the Crisp's. I still plan to continue using the Crisp loom, though may make some modifications to it.

The sampler is on my shoulder! It's too stiff to use as a shawl or blanket but I may make a bag out of it or may just hang it on the wall...

Here I am talking about different techniques used in the weaving of the sampler:

Other people talked about books and calendars. Overall a fun night. I'm looking forward to getting a cochlear implant sometime in the next few months so that I won't be so lost at meetings...

I still need to get some good pictures of the loom..

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Mirrix-Brennan loom is warped! Another needlepoint canvas found...

We sort of finished putting the Mirrix-Brennan loom together yesterday, just need to do some more work on it to make a stand.  I warped it last night and then twined the bottom and top together to make a single sided (shorter) warp and this morning I started putting the heddles on. Will do a bit of weaving in a bit and will have photos in a day or two... the art guild meeting is tonight and I plan to take this loom along as well as the long sampler for show and tell night. I may take the little loom along also, and the Girlblob tapestry postcard that I did last summer.

Needlepoint babble:

I also found another needlepoint canvas, this one appears to me a nice one, albeit a little dirty/stained. I looked it up online and found two finished versions of it for sale... one on eBay and another on  Here they are, I'll take my own photo later, will see about giving it a gentle scrub to get the stains out, or maybe I should wait until blocking time, if I ever get this one done.. the top one, on Dollyjane's site says it's a pink hummingbird and the one on eBay says it is a Kingfisher. Anyone else know better?

Saturday, January 4, 2014

New stuff for the New Year

The loom is warped and I've sent in my application for the American Tapestry Association small format show. 

Short & sweet...