Monday, May 14, 2018


Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I do have some projects going - a pair of socks on the needles, a tapestry sampler on the loom, spun yarn - but nothing is finished right now. Also, I had a flare up of diverticulitis; in some ways, the medications are worse than the disease, leaving me in a fog. But I'm better now (except for that metallic taste in my mouth, courtesy of Flagyl), so my SO and I trekked over to Moontree Studios to take a look at "Interlacements", a show of student work from the Chicago Weaving School. We were impressed.

(An apology to all the artists represented here, as I neglected to jot down their names. Mea culpa! Also, this is just a sample of what was in the show.)

A while back I knit a mini curtain for my kitchen window, to filter the late afternoon sun so I could wash dishes without going blind. I'd like to replace it with woven scrims like these two (of several).


Detail (sorry for the bad focus)



The tapestry sampler I am working on includes sections of pile weave. I can see doing something like this shaggy rug as a stash buster, as most of my stash consists of yarn left over from other projects. I wish I could have picked up this work and examined the back, to better see how it was done.

This piece had no title but it looks like a garden to me, with blue sky above. I think it is an example of boundweave?

Sheila Hicks may have inspired this piece.

I want to say this was MY idea. I've been contemplating creating a kimono/poncho piece like this, using inkle woven bands for the collar/placket. I like the use of large ornamental buttons.

I'm not much of a seamstress, but I should be able to make a simple top like this, right? The hardest part is taking scissors to the handwoven fabric.

Here is an example of displaying cloth woven flat but displayed sculpturally with the help of some driftwood. It's all mounted on what looks like barn siding.

Two pieces were of photographs sliced horizontally and woven together. The funny thing is I purchased my granddaughter a Melissa and Doug loom that does just this. Now I can see how the result could be mounted.


"Fourteen Carrots"

Another Sheila Hicks inspiration.


The section I am currently working on with my own tapestry sampler is curves using a "cartoon" as a guide. This could be done free form, too. To the naked eye, this piece looks like clasped weft.

One can look at photographs of weaving in a book all one wants, but it is not the same as getting up close and personal (without touching!) the actual piece. The Chicago Weaving School is basically a one-woman operation, but I am very impressed with the student work. I feel inspired!

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