Midwest Weavers Conference

In June, I attended the Midwest Weavers Conference in Indianapolis. As usual, I met many friends there, new and old. I helped run the conference in 2001 and 2003, making it an unforgettable experience and making this conference especially dear to my heart. This year I signed up for Marg Coe’s half day class on using Photoshop to design cloth (always good and challenging) and for Suzanne Halvorson’s one day class, Floating Ribbons Scarf with Supplemental Warp. In the latter class, we wound a warp according to her instructions, dressed the loom, and wove a scarf. I didn’t finish the scarf–most of us didn’t–but I did enjoy learning her perspective on using the ribbons, and I liked the desert colors I ended up with. I finally took off the loom yesterday, three months later, because I’m getting ready for the next workshop and need the loom!

Front of Suzanne’s scarf design

Reverse of Suzanne’s scarf design

Tom and I finished off the warp with an alternate treadling

Reverse of the alternate treadling

President’s Challenge 2017

I did weave a scarf on the Talisman Rose warp, and finished it, in time for the President’s Challenge in May. It is a Tencel scarf about 8 feet long plus fringe (twisted!), woven on the aforementioned Talisman Rose warp. The Challenge was to make something with three colors: yellow, yellow-orange, and violet. After I wove it with the required violet weft, it no longer looks like the Talisman rose I remembered, but it looked pretty nice, had a good hand, and just a bit of irridescence. Thank goodness for battery-powered fringe twisters!

President’s Challenge Scarf, on the loom, 10/2 Tencel, 28 epi

Off the Loom: Fringed, washed, pressed

Detail, from a different angle and different lighting

Award ribbon, handwoven inkle band by Robin Wilton

The scarf won the President’s Challenge Award, RMWG, May, 2017. The honor came with a hendwoven inkle band ribbon, woven by Robin Wilton, and a skein of silk yarn from Treenway Silks–thank you very much!
Details: Structure from Sharon Alderman, Mastering Weave Structure, p. 129, basket and plain weave. !0/2 Tencel for both warp and weft, warp hand-painted by Just Our Yarn, Hand-washed in Synthrapol and warm water, air-dried, tossed in dryer to soften, steam pressed.

Now, on to the baby blanket for Malachi, born 5/10/17.

Eileen Hallman–Cotton Magic!

For many years, I have admired Eileen Hallman from afar for her expertise in all things cotton. this week I’ve had an opportunity to learn from her about weaving and dyeing with natural dyes on organic cotton. Her Dye-licious cotton is pre-treated to make it easy for dye to adhere to the cotton fibers, requiring less dye, less water, and less time for the dyeing process. We had three days for weaving and then exploring the various dyes and combinations of dyes such as cutch, Himalayan rhubarb, Saxon blue, Q black, lac, logwood, osage orange, and cochineal. Below are my samples (last photo), plus some other photos from the workshop. My samples were a 4S Bronson lace structure, on a 10/2 mercerized cotton warp woven with Eileen’s treated 10/2 organic cotton as weft.

The Warp of the Talisman Rose

I wound a warp this morning from yarn dyed by Just Our Yarn (www.justouryarn.com), 10/2 Tencel, in a colorway that I am thinking of as Talisman Rose, for a rose my parents grew in their yard before 1960. It looks a little brighter in person than it appears here.

Here is a link to a blog with a history of the Talisman Rose, unverified:

This will be the warp for a scarf about 8 inches wide, probably with a sett of 28 epi. Weft will be lavender/violet 10/2 Tencel.

Stock Show, January, 2017

Tom and I volunteered at the stock show (National Western Stock Show) January 13, along with Robin Wilton. We were in the Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild booth in the Agricultural Education area. Robin showed lots of kids (and parents) how to spin, and Tom and I demonstrated weaving, and persuaded the kids to try their hand at throwing the shuttle. We even got a few parents to try weaving. We’ve enjoyed doing this since 2008. Usually we also get to see rabbits, sheep, horses, cows, alpacas, llamas, and assorted avians (in addition to the humans). www.nationalwestern.com