Sunday, April 14, 2019
Monday, April 8, 2019
When it comes to study groups, participation is really the key to success. For the past couple of study groups, we have been trying something new. We are experimenting with a group that is a combination of online and in person communications. Everyone in the group has access to an online mail group in which they can respond to questions, post photos and share results. Our membership comes from anyone who has interest and is also a member of a CNCH guild.
How are we doing? Well, we do have a pretty active participation in the Reno Fiber Guild, but not so much from members of other guilds. This is probably because guild members outside the Reno area aren't able to show up to meetings with their projects in hand. The lack of personal interactions doesn't help some folks feel like they are a real part of the group. Since weaving is already a rather isolated endeavor, not knowing group members has its limitations. We have more work to do to make this experiment a success.
Now to the second part of the projects that were woven for this study.
|This is Nancy S. shawl that she wove with directions she downloaded from Webs. The pattern was called Chiyo Mobius Shawl and it turned out to be on three shafts. You can see the open patterning stripes in the version that Nancy wove. She also added a supplementary warp in gold as an accent. Nancy then sewed the two ends of the shawl together to form a Mobius which allows it to be worn "hands free" She said she loved that it was so quick and easy to weave.|
There are a few more projects to show and more are still on the loom. There will be another blog post in a few days.
Saturday, April 6, 2019
RFG members and others from CNCH Guilds are winding down our year long study of three shaft weaves. Primarily we used Erica de Ruiter's book, Weaving on 3 Shafts, which gave us a treasure trove of drafts and information on doing pick up using just three shafts on our looms. But there were other sources as well, such as samples from past Complex Weavers' sample exchanges and the book Forgotten Pennsylvania Textiles of the 18th and 19th Centuries, by Thompson, Grant and Keyser. Weavers were astounded at the complexity achieved with these drafts and techniques. This post serves to share with other weavers the results of our journey.
|see description of Karen S. towels under the photo below|
|Karen S. wove two renditions of navy and white towels. One of them (top photo) has longer floats and Erica's draft on page 32 were used in this towel. The other towel with the dots (see photo above) was woven with a draft from a weaving manuscript of Joseph Leisy, 1793. The color and weave effects were added by Jayne Flanagan in a sample exchange with the EWBM group of Complex Weavers. This delightful towel defies you to think of it as being woven on three shafts.|
There are lots more samples and projects to show from this study group. Stay tuned for Part 2 in a week or so.