Submitted by ann on Tue, 10/29/2013 - 13:21
I was asked to weave a set of placemats as a wedding gift, and the colors that the bride requested were red and black. The warp in these is red and charcoal, and the weft is black. Each mat is a different point twill: a 6-end point, an 8-end, a 10-end, and a 12-end point twill.
Submitted by ann on Sat, 10/19/2013 - 15:10
Over the years, I have collected and dyed a lot of tencel. The fiber is wonderful to work with and takes the dye so well that I went overboard. In other words, I have a lot of hand-dyed tencel! I decided to use some to make placemats using 5/2 cotton sett at 24 epi and the tencel sett at 36 epi. The first set came out pretty well, and you can see the color progression within the mat.
Submitted by ann on Sun, 09/22/2013 - 13:44
Unmercerized cotton in purple and magenta and a lot of wheat-colored bamboo. I seem to have acquired not only a large cone of wheat bamboo but also a large cone of dark brown bamboo. Bamboo 12 is pretty thin (like 10/2), so you can imagine how much yardage is in 1.5-pound cones!
I tried the bamboo with the cotton and did not like the results, so I finished the warp with black unmercerized cotton. That came out pretty well, but I'm back to the challenge of how to use the bamboos!
Submitted by ann on Fri, 07/19/2013 - 13:42
This process of using all my stash before buying any more yarn will get more interesting as I get down to the weird colors. For now, though, this is pretty straightforward. I had some 10/2 natural unmercerized cotton that I dyed in an indigo dye bath. There wasn't a lot of indigo, but still the yarn came out as a pretty blue. I paired it with navy unmercerized cotton and wove these shadow weave towels. This cotton is so soft and really laps up the water. If you use perle cotton in towels, they don't absorb very well.
Submitted by ann on Fri, 07/19/2013 - 09:53
Tumbleweed this time. The first picture shows the tencel tape in blue-ish gray tones along with the bamboo. This tape is broader than most weaving yarns, and so you must use a structure (rep is a good one) that allows it to "breathe."
Submitted by ann on Tue, 07/09/2013 - 10:14
Four months later = the primary reason for the hiatus is that I've been busy with my new job = weaving instructor at UC Davis. Here is a picture of the studio that shows 6 of the 7 floor looms (click on the image to get a better perspective). The 6 Schacht table looms are stored on the shelf at the right. I started teaching in the spring quarter (March) and have a full class for the summer. In the fall, I hope to offer two classes: one for beginners on the table looms and one for intermediate weavers on the floor looms. This is a dream studio/job! How cool is that?
Submitted by ann on Sun, 03/10/2013 - 12:55
Several years ago I was introduced to tencel tape at a conference where one presenter was illustrating how to design a mixed warp. She used tencel tape among the variety of novelty yarns in her warp. While I work a lot in 8/2 and 10/2 tencel, I had never seen the tencel tape that she used. Turns out that it comes from Prism Yarns, owned, operated, fashioned, and designed by Laura Byrant. Laura also has produced a video for Interweave titled A Fiber Artist's Guide to Color. I encourage you to look at her website (http://www.prismyarn.com) for her stunning hand-dyed fibers.
Submitted by ann on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 18:07
Black unmercerized cotton in 10/2 is terrific as the thin yarn in rep weave. I have quite a lot of it and decided to combine it with natural cottolin and magenta unmercerized 10/2.
Submitted by ann on Tue, 02/05/2013 - 14:31
Oh my golly! It's been four months since I've posted!! Well, the primary reason is that I've been weaving more slowly as of late. Turns out that there is a high correlation between lower estrogen levels and the development of arthritis. Yuk! I went off estrogen as soon as I was diagnosed with breast cancer and the resulting hot flashes have been a real pain. What I wasn't expecting, however, was joint pain in my right hand and left jaw. My dentist sent me to a specialist who explained the connection.
Submitted by ann on Mon, 12/24/2012 - 17:00
I'm delighted to announce that Ariel is now residing with Jessica Gao of Beijing and a student at New York University (NYU). It is such a pleasure to see my work out and about. The scarf and model are gorgeous together!!