After a wee bit of a mix up (our application was sent to the past president whose address is on the application but who does not necessarily forward the mail she receives to the current president) we have now bought ourselves a booth at the Northwest Weavers’ Guild event from May 30 until June 5. We will be there Friday and Saturday (3rd and 4th). We means Elena and Claudia and the Mirrix family of looms. We might not have all sizes, but if we don’t have what you want we will ship within the contiguous U.S. for free if you order at the Conference. We will have looms set up for a variety of weavings from tapestry to bead to tapestry/bead combined to warp-faced. We will happily answer any of your Mirrix questions as well as demonstrate how to warp and weave on the loom. It’s the first of many shows Claudia and Elena will be doing together. So come join us. If you are not attending the event, come anyway because it’s free to get into the Vendor hall. Oh, and you might want to know where it is! Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. I think that’s about an hour from Portland.
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One of my loves is mask making… the use of masks by indigenous cultures, the symbolism of masks, the masks we hide behind every day as we journey through our lives. So, for some reason, it seemed appropriate to end “Social Market for a Mirrix” with one of my mask collages utilizing one of the weavings completed during the campaign.
This collage / assemblage isn’t finished yet but it will be completed in time for the final video on Monday. Once the paint is dry, I’ll be able to pull the pieces together relatively quickly.
All sorts of poses from the two inkle weave bracelets I got from the strip I wove. The last part of the strip could probably be turned into a bracelet, but it was a little wider than the first part of it (or last part of it . . . I don’t know which end is which). My next attempt will be to put a 20 or 22 dent spring on the loom so that the warps don’t have any space in between on the sides making this a genuine inkle band. I will once again use the railroad novelty yarn as weft because I love the way the little squares of color pop up here and there. If the warps are correctly spaced the little color squares won’t show as much. That’s the tradeoff, I guess. Now to warp!
By Erin Simonetti
Not too long ago, I shared a picture of the ‘picture fringe’ I completed on the Lotus SLN. Now I would like to explain how I completed this to keep the ‘design/pattern’ in order.
Here is the picture of what I shared. You will notice that the fringe is holding the graphed design, very well. You can actually make out the design I graphed. Not often, does the fringe work out in that way, especially with a graphed picture.
To keep the fringe ‘picture’ in order, I ran a thread through each of the fringes, after completing the over all picture. It didn’t matter where I ran the tread, just that it held each of the fringes together. Notice the red lines, in the picture below. This is the direction I ran a new black thread, picking up a few on one fringe then going to the fringe next to it and picking up a few more beads, then back again. I completed this trail throughout the entire fringed area.
Holding the fringe spread apart with my fingers, you can see the thread holding each strand together. However, it is not noticeable in the first picture, after I complete sewing each strand together. This will now hold my design and still resemble a fringed picture!
This has been the week of finishing things. Last week was the week of looking at things I should finish and feeling guilty about not doing so (especially the ones begun with a blog and never completed). The week before that was the week of beginning things I planned to finish last week. Well, you get the picture. I have a hard time moving forward with projects when others are waiting for completion. So I either have to destroy them or finish them, but they just can’t sit on my table and stare at me from across the room. Okay, I know they are not alive, but they sure all seem to have eyes.
So yesterday I took the loom with the silk mess on it, put it on a wicker coffee table in my office, stoked up a netflix movie on the big iMac, turned it so I could actually see it and began to finish this weaving. I wove really quickly because I figured I wouldn’t use or keep the final result. Half an hour later (yeah, this is fast to weave) I had another foot and a half woven and it was time to take it off the loom. Shockingly, even though the sides were looser than the middle, it didn’t seem to matter. After all, the plan was to sew those edges to the ultra-suede with the brass cuff sandwiched in between and it could very possibly be disguised with beads.
Hate to make this a cliff hanger by showing you only the on-loom and off-loom photos but not the one of the cuff. Yesterday, my studio was filled with sun and taking pictures was easy. Today, it is snowing and grey and no matter how hard I try I can’t get good pictures. The cuff itself is almost done and I love it. I need to sew on some more beads along the edge, but I would say I have about five minutes left before completion. I have a second piece glued to the cuff ready to sew on. So by tomorrow I should have both completed and if there is sun I will photograph them and show them to you. Meanwhile, this is the back story in pictures:
|That’s my beautiful Jensen, my only wheel.|
|My ball of yarn and some knitting.|
|Just the knitting . . . I love the lace feeling of it.|
|The beautiful little girl Maia shows up for work!|
Remember this piece? The first weaving I completed in the “Social Market for a Mirrix” campaign? The piece I keep referring to as the Southwestern landscape?
I took the original weaving and beaded the bottom half to give it the illusion of flowers. Then I tied off the warp threads leaving them long enough to form a fringe at the bottom of the weaving. And the warp threads at the top of the weaving were left long enough to hang down to form a veil. I like that the veil breaks up the surface of the weaving and makes the viewer have to work with the piece a bit to understand it. I attached the weaving to a canvas board that had been covered with rice paper and painted with metallic acrylic paint then topped off with iridescent watercolor. I finished the piece off by embellishing it with an old Southwestern style earring. All things considered, I’m pretty happy with how this piece turned out.
One down, two more to go. Tick, tock!