Crossed a little bit of water on a ferry and drove for a little bit as well to arrive at Raven Rocks Studio on Widbey Island in Washington. I finally got to meet Windwalker nad his lovely wife Mary Jo, both amazing artists but also amazing people. Elena had already had the pleasure of meeting them so finally it was my turn! What follows are some pictures from the lovely afternoon.
|Raven Rock Studio|
|Windkwalker doing what he loves to do best. I can sure relate to that!
Pam, a Mirrix Lom customer, standing in back and and Anne, a weaver sho has her work for sale at Raven Rock Studio. Her work is absolutely gorgeous. I showed her how to put beads on a weft thread in order to weave them into her scarves.
|That’s Mary Jo on the left and Lynn (she works at Raven Rocks and also has artwork there) in the middle.
|That’s a copy of the current issue of Beadwork turned to my tapestry/bead cuff article.|
|Elena working hard on her new beaded bracelet design.|
Tonight, a little after midnight (ah, already delayed flights) Ms. President-of-Mirrix Claudia Chase lands in Seattle. We will be working (more Friday videos!), having a tapestry demonstration at Raven Rocks Gallery on Whidbey Island and then heading down to Salem, OR for the NW Tapestry Guilds’ Conference! We hope to see lots of you at one or both of these events! There is no better way to experience the Mirrix Loom than in person.
Slowing working on my beaded bracelet. I love how it’s turning out, just wish there were more hoursin the day!
|Maia will take care of the studio.|
|Butter and Noodle will certainly take over the chair in the sun with the lovely smell of lilacs behind.|
|The beautiful tree (have no idea what it is) with the canoes.|
|More beautiful lilacs. They will be gone when I return.|
|Bear is finally out and about and part of the house not just hiding in our bedroom.|
I left for a couple of days and Bear was so mad at me. I have to leave again in a few days for ten days. I can’t imagine what a state he will be in when I return. Julie says she will visit regularly.
So here is the picture I just took of the two new boys:
|Noodle is on top.|
|You can’t see it, but Bear has double front paws.|
Yesterday, I warped up a sixteen inch loom (could have been a smaller loom, but one with a shedding device) which happened to be sitting empty on my work table. I used an 18 dent spring and some C-Lon beading cord. I made the piece about 24 warps wide. I used 100% hand-dyed silk for one and 100% commercial rayon floss for the second one. There are no hard fast rules for this piece except maybe to make sure you use fairly thin warp and fine weft so that this piece is a miniature and not just a small tapestry.
I finished the two piece by folding over the ends and backing them with ultra-suede. I then trimmed them with beads. I filled each piece with a penny for weight and good luck. Lastly, I sewed a circle of beads for hanging.
I think these pieces would do best on a piece of rattail or a thin strand of leather. A complicated necklace would take away from the pendant. A simple beaded necklace would also work.
|Rayon floss tapestry|
|Compare the two!|
|I threw on a silk cord, but I think I can do better than this.|
Okay, so it’s rainy and I just wanted to post something. Tried to post this photo before but it didn’t work. Now back to the rain and the fact that my husband plans to force march me up a nearby mountain in the rain because he thinks that sounds like fun. I will be so proud of myself if I come down in one piece.
There is no sun today (might as well be living in Seattle, where I hear there is sun today) so I had to use my ott light to take the picture. Wasn’t bright enough. But it’s going to be cloudy and rainy for four days so I will not have an opportunity to take a picture with real sunlight until Wednesday.
The bracelet, imperfect as it is:
|See the ripples in the middle there .. . . really annoying.|
|Looks better at this angle although because of the light not a great picture.|