Greetings Weaving Friends!
My friend posted a picture of her grandmother on Facebook. They are Diné (Navajo) and her grandmother is a master weaver. “Margaret Dalton, 91 years old born back in 1923, of Ft. Defiance, Arizona had completed this rug back in the 1950s in time for the opening of Navajo Arts & Crafts Enterprise in 1961. The rug pictured is actually folded over 4 times in order to hang properly on the wall. It is made of natural dye and woven in the form of a geometric design. The rug measures over 150 feet by 50 feet in width.” (see the source link above).
There’s nothing like a great class to get unstuck! I am beading a necklace in my loom bead weaving class that is full of increases and decreases. Now that I’ve been taught what to do, I am just amazed at how simple it is to add that kind of complexity to a design. I chose colors and used them in my sampler to test them out (see my last post). I decided to go ahead with the palette and I just LOVE how it is working out in the necklace. I have to admit that warping with 6o threads was a bit of a jump after my little 10 and 20 warp bracelets. I got so distracted by the counting that I forgot to move my warp bar down and I just started beading. Fortunately, I don’t think I need to rotate the warps at all…I do believe I’ve got enough space on just the front threads. I am weaving away in hopes of having it ready for class on Sunday. Meanwhile….
I am making progress in leaps and bounds!
Julia L. Hecht
Poppyfield Bead Company