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Double shedding devices are fun!

Posted on by mirrixlooms / Posted in Tapestry Weaving | Tagged | 2 Comments

I don’t have Elena’s fancy lenses here, but decided to take a quick photo with my iPad of the double shedding device weaving. At first, although I was enjoying it, I wasn’t lost in it yet.  Then I got lost in it and realized that I will most likely weaving a lot of tapestries with this double shedding device method.  The next one will be  twill.  I might have to whip a new loom out of a box because all my looms are full to do that.  But for now I am content to work on this piece.  I love the texture!

 

To recap:  I am using two shedding devices.  The top one is connected to double warp threads; the bottom shedding device is connected to every other warp thread.  The sett is 14 ends per inch.  Therefore, the top shedding device addresses a 7 epi warp while the bottom addresses a 14 epi warp.  I am not used to weaving a such a fine sett, but am getting used to it.  I am using worsted weight yarn for the double warps and my hand-painted silk for the single warps.

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I promise to try to finish this piece in a timely fashion and publish photos as I go along!

Finishing Tapestry Ends

Posted on by Janna Maria Vallee / Posted in Social Market for a Mirrix 2014, Tapestry Weaving | 6 Comments

This week I made a video for you all, showing how to finish tapestry ends the way I was taught in textile art school.  I know self deprecation is annoying, so I’ll just squeeze in one wee thing and say that I did this without a tripod, so the angles are not the best.  You should have seen me propping the camera up on towels and slinging it around my neck, all while trying to get all the filming done before Sam woke up from his nap, haha.

So, here it is.  I hope this is helpful to some of you.  Oh, and the music in the sped up part is my partner Danny.

Enjoy!

Janna Maria Vallee

 

Convergence Reflections

Posted on by mirrixlooms / Posted in Events, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Last week was a wonderful whirlwind of meeting people, selling looms and soaking in the merriment that is HGA’s Convergence.

For me, the best part was meeting people. From famous tapestry weaver’s like Janet Austin, people we’ve been in touch with for years but have never met like fabulous weaver/teachers Rebecca Mezoff and Janette Meetze, some  of the great people from the American Tapestry Alliance (seriously, what an amazing group), some of our retailers and even customers we’ve talked with many times but never had faces to put to names. I also got to spend a lot of time with my wonderful mother (you may know her as Claudia) and my second-mom Miss Joni Parker-Roach of NOA Gallery, which was pretty awesome.

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Meeting the fabulous Rebecca Mezoff, and teaching Claudia & Rebecca what “photo bombing” is. 

We got to see a fascinating, eclectic small format tapestry show put on by the American Tapestry Alliance and another  show in the same building by TWINE (Tapestry Weavers in New England). Being brought up in the world of tapestry this probably makes sense, but I enjoy seeing tapestries at galleries and museums more than any other art form. You can sit there for 30 minutes and stare at one tapestry and be totally fascinated.

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At the show we got to introduce our new Spencer Power Treadle, which was a huge hit. I had a great time showing people how it works.

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Here’s our booth, with the new treadle all set up (left). 

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In the picture you can see the security we needed there for crowd control! 

In honor of Mirrix’s 18th birthday (which we were celebrating), we had a drawing to win a Mini-Mirrix. It was a huge draw to our booth, as was the birthday chocolate we were giving away. Above is a photo of the drawing. We had John Marshall, known for his antique and original kimonos and metallic threads -he’s the guy we buy the gold from- (who had the booth across the aisle) choose the winner from almost 300 names. The winner was named Ginny and was from NH! She had actually taken Rebecca’s tapestry class at the show, so it was a great fit! Congratulations again, Ginny!

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Thank you to everyone who made this show such a success. The people at HGA were dedicated, helpful and even managed to give us hugs and smile on always-crazy moving-out day. The teachers and weavers were amazing. The people there were amazing. It was a great show! Until next time!

-Elena

Inspiration

Posted on by Janna Maria Vallee / Posted in Inspiration, Social Market for a Mirrix 2014, Tapestry Weaving | 1 Comment

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Marcel Marois is a tapestry weaver whose work I’ve admired for years.  I just love the fact that they begin as watercolor paintings, and every time I think about his work I try to work out in my head how he blends his colors.  With my amateur knowledge I’ve determined there must be a lot of color blending on the bobbin.  What do you think?  Isn’t this fantastic?  Do you have any insight into his technique?

On my end, this week I’ve been making natural dye print samples for a workshop I’m giving which begins this Tuesday.  I’ve always wanted to create a watercolor effect with dyes on fabric and I’m close to achieving what has been in my imagination all these years.  I can see myself weaving a tapestry based on these prints too.  Below are logwood and brazilwood stenciled onto charmeuse.  For more photos and technical detail go here to see my blog post about it.

Janna Maria Vallee

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Marcel Marois photos via http://www.paperblog.fr

Secret Project 1st Panel

Posted on by Christina Neit / Posted in Social Market for a Mirrix 2014 | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Today I finished the first panel of 4. In all it probably took 3-4 days to complete. Now I have to make 3 more ;) I am hoping to have this secret project ready for reveal in 2 weeks, so bear with me as I go through the process. I promise you are all going to love the finished piece.

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I opted for the taped ends on this project as it will suit me best, as you will see in the end. The panel measure 8 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ with the 9 Delica colors.

Happiness in Readiness

Posted on by Julia Hecht / Posted in Social Market for a Mirrix 2014 | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments
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Cubist’s Delight Off the Loom

The weaving is complete!  Now “thread management” begins.  Clearly there’s a lot to do.  It is been a busy week for me with my store and with my kids. So, once again, my artistic life has been “squeezed” in when time allows.  On a personal note, lately I’ve felt that there is never enough time, for ANYTHING.  It is like a mantra I hear myself saying throughout the day, everyday.  I realize it has become a theme that now characterizes my life.   I’ve decided I am done with that. I believe wholeheartedly in change.  Yet, I do resist and procrastinate.  Nonetheless I can see that I am just fed up with what I’ve been feeling.  I am ready!  I believe that I can improve the quality of my life and lessen the sense of “lack of time” by getting myself more organized and being more efficient with my energy and how I live day to day. Towards this end, I’ve spent the entire day cleaning out my closet and drawers.  It is a start for living with less chaos and more peace.  Like these dangling threads that require attention, I still have a lot of organizing ahead of me.  However, I am optimistic that one day at a time, I am going to make the changes I need.

Wishing you all the happiness in readiness that comes just when you feel FED UP!

Julia L. Hecht

Poppyfield Bead Company

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Small Progress

Posted on by Christina Neit / Posted in Social Market for a Mirrix 2014 | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Here it is the middle of the night. I haven’t had lots of time this past week to work on the surprise piece I am working I have started, but I will have lots of time in a few more days and it is going to be all about this project! I have a half a panel done so far. It seems to take me about a day and a half for half a panel. It was moving slower than I had anticipated the 2 solid days I worked on it. I am still excited though because this is going to be different. Here is what I have so far. The threads hanging on the left are the start and finish threads. I usually weave them in when I am all done looming a piece.

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I have been also plotting and planning my next 2 pieces of loomwork and have purchased the proper items I will be working with. I am pretty excited about them as well! I will be heavily back into this piece in one more day. :D

Summertime natural dyeing

Posted on by Janna Maria Vallee / Posted in Social Market for a Mirrix 2014, Tapestry Weaving | 3 Comments

I had some exciting ideas in mind for my next tapestry but I think I’ve finally settled on doing William Morris’ Strawberry Thieves using naturally dyed yarns.  This week I dyed a bunch of my sample yarns for it.   I have yet to dye the indigo ones, but I think I’ve made a good start.

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From back to front:

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onion skins with alum at left and walnut with alum and cream of tartar beside it

osage with alum and cream of tartar

brazilwood with alum

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logwood with alum and iron

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onion skins with alum and cream of tartar at left and onion skins with alum and iron next to it

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logwood with alum and cream of tartar

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brazilwood with alum and cream of tartar

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William Morris’ Strawberry Thieves 1883. Click pic to go to its source

Janna Maria Vallee

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