Let’s Add Some Color!

 

I don’t know about you, but I don’t do as well when it’s cold and gray outside.  I’m much happier when there is sunshine and the house is full of natural light.  I think most people are this way.  We tend to gravitate to the light.

One of the nice things about being a fiber artist (it’s hard for me to type those words, but that is a different post), is working with color.  Playing in yarn, cashmere sweaters and wool of all types is one of my favorite things.  It brings me joy to dump a big bag of different yarns on the table and pick a combination to put on the loom.  Mixing and matching the colors and textures, feeling the yarn or fabric next to my skin, imagining the drape of the finished piece, are all enjoyable.

This piece wasn’t the easiest to weave.  The warp is a wonderful hand dyed wool and was probably too delicate for the loom.  It took great care to keep the yarn from pulling apart, but as you can see, it worked out.  The weft is a sturdy cotton and lets the beautiful variations of color shine through.

This piece adds to any blouse, shirt or turtleneck, but I love it over a winter coat.  It makes a statement of hope with it’s bright color….spring is just around the corner!  We need more color, more sunshine, and more light in our lives!

Thanks for reading!!!

The Color Purple…..

my version! Purple–combines the calmness of blue and the energy of red. The words royalty, luxury and power come to mind. The color purple rarely occurs in nature which may account for it being one of the most expensive dyes to create, thus the association with royalty.

My process usually starts with gathering yarns and selecting colors.  Not every yarn is suitable for warp or even for weaving.  I was a knitter before I took up weaving, so I have lots of knitting yarns that I love to mix with yarns made specifically for weaving.  Ironically, I thought weaving would use up some of the knitting yarn….HA!!!  Anyone with an addiction (yes, it is a real thing) to yarn, fabric, beads, trim, etc., knows they will never live long enough to use up everything in their stash of materials.  Yes, I was a dreamer in that respect, and my children will have to forgive me when it comes time to downsize or hold that inevitable estate sale.

This shawl is gloriously purple and a bit larger than I usually make a shawl.  After weaving, it is wet finished, air dried and the ends are hand twisted into fringe and trimmed.  I love the way the different yarns blend together…..creating a whole piece of weaving that is greater than the simple sum of its parts!  This one is “in the books” and ready to be posted for sale on Etsy.

 

One Warp, Two Looks……

WOW!!  I don’t think I could come up with two more different looks from one warp!  Yes, the warp was designed to make two scarves, but I couldn’t resist changing things around and adding my own spin on things.

I wanted to get as much fabric as possible from this painted warp, so I added the black stripes to make it wider.  I think adding black makes something go with everything, so you will often see a touch of black in my weaving.

Weaving is a funny business…..there are plenty of opportunities to make “creative” changes.  Unexpected things happen and sometimes plans change.  I didn’t calculate the length of the black warp I was adding to this piece correctly, so the piece on the left of the photos became a Mobius cowl with long twisted fringe.  The piece on the right is a shawl.  I like that they turned out to be very different.  It’s sort of like your children…..they are totally different people and probably very different from what you expected!!  These two woven “children” turned out unexpectedly interesting and beautiful.

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