Monday, December 31, 2012

Weaving the Old Year Out

 It is December 31st and I am weaving the old year out putting some finishing touches on the December tapestry diary. This daily weaving practice has been a fun and challenging project especially during the last couple of months with all the holiday festivities to weave around but it has rewarded me with many gifts for my dedication to it.

The December diary is still on the loom and I should be taking it off over the next few days and doing some finishing. This piece has September through December so it will be exciting to see it off the loom in it's finished form. I will put up some more pictures then.

I have a warp prepared for the 2013 daily tapestry practice and will be sharing about that and my various plans for the next year as I am weaving the New Year in tomorrow.

During the month of December I also worked on a few smaller tapestry and bead jewelry projects.  Here is a new Tapestry bead cuff and a pin that was made on the same warp. The pin is about 1 and 1/2 inch square and a great way to use up a bit of extra warp after a bead cuff project is woven. I am currently working on dates for a Tapestry Bead Cuff class at the Dragonmoon to be announced soon. It will be a two day weekend class allowing time for weaving and finishing of the bracelet. This is a fun Mirrix class that combines fiber and beads with tapestry weaving technique.
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Here is a bracelet that has been gifted this year. I call it Peacock Garden for the color and the way the Magatama beads make little flower shapes.

Here is a fiber and bead Affinity bracelet made by my friend Lynn Tedder in the October class at the Dragonmoon. I think the finishing is very nice with the bead embellishment in the center.

Here is a small project that will not make it off the loom for the end of the year but soon I hope. I think it will be another hatband. I like the undulating line in the center so decided to accent it with two silk warps together in the area. It has Tila, Bugle and Seed beads.

Chain Mail Bracelet with Aventurine stones
Over the month of December I learned how to do a little chain mail work and here are a few samples of my experiments. I would like to eventually make some metal embellishments to use with the fiber and beads and have some idea where I would like to get but taking my time getting there.
Chain Mail Earrings

This last example is an ornament that I gifted to a friend. We have exchanged ornaments every year for, well I am not sure how long, but long enough to be a challenge to come up with something different every year.

I wish all of you a happy and productive New Year and will be sharing about some of my projects and plans soon.

Friday, November 30, 2012

November Is A Woven Memory

November is a woven memory and the diary for this month is complete.  I have noticed that my color has become more saturated and intense with each month since September and I am not sure why but it is interesting.  One of the things that make the diaries fun to look back on is the little codes that each one has. Numbers of things for the days or symbols for the daily events, places and people in my life. These things tend to make it fun for me to look back on but others who are not privy to these private milestones seem to like looking at the diaries too. As the end of the year approaches and I am thinking of how I will approach the tapestry diary project for next year all of these things are on my mind.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

November Racing By, Tapestry Gifts?

 Ever since we returned from Texas time has been spinning by. I am sure I'm not the only one to notice this.  Work on the tapestry diary has been progressing but I have been keeping it simple and thinking more about color than content these days. Here is a picture from a couple of days ago.

This time of year I start to think about gifts. I probably should have started thinking about them before now but there it is. Thankfully with all the jewelry projects I  have some gifts ready to go.

I have to admit when I think about making some quick but still nice gifts tapestry is not the first thing that comes to mind.  I think I may have found a way though.

Tapestry and bead pins have been on the loom recently. I was thinking of small pieces of tapestry that could be worn on a coat, jacket or scarf to lend a little color to the season and I have been experimenting with it.

Here are some details of the first ones I have done.

These are made similar to the tapestry bead cuff with brass shapes between the tapestry and the ultra suede backing and then stitched with beads around the edges.

If I wasn't so busy otherwise I could really have some fun with this idea.
 Here is a detail of another one...

and the third.  I wove all three on the same warp. They are about 1 1/2 inches by 2 1/4 inches, set at 10 ends per inch.
I have also been spending a little time learning some new to me jewelry techniques.  I have learned about some pearl knotting, wire wrapping and chain making and hope to be adding a few more metal working skills to my bag of tricks.

 My projects so far have been along the lines of learning exercises.

Here is my first pearl knotting adventure with some wire wrapping. I made all of the components from sterling wire, except for the purchased clasp.

I couldn't decide if this looked better on the light background or the dark.

More wire wrapping practice...

and finally some chain making.

I am hoping to be adding some additional metal working skills over the next few months.

Where am I going with this?  Right now I am seeing a loom woven necklace of hand painted silk warp with a section of knotted beads and amethysts and a hand made silver clasp. It is a lovely vision. We will see.

On the tapestry front, plans for the new year are forming. As of now I am envisioning a much simplified tapestry diary which will leave time for some serious progress on the Mango Hunters.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Kid n Ewe and Vikings Too

I recently returned from taking the Fiber Studio on the road to Boerne, Texas for the Kid n Ewe show where I shared a booth with Gwen Witherspoon from Fiber Clouds and WIM ( Weaving at Indian Meridian). Thankfully my friend Lynn Tedder also went along to help out and we had a wonderful time.

Packing for a show like this is an art in itself and finding a spot to put the clothes was pretty difficult. Recently we have installed a roof top carrier which should make it easier next time.

Once we arrived there was the task of setting up in one of three spacious buildings on the Kendall County Fairgrounds.  After some planning we set to the task and a few hours later our booth was coming together.

Beautiful fibers hand dyed by Gwen and woven scarves, tools and luxury fibers from Donna Hilton at WIM.

I had some of my tapestries on display and my mascot Lizzy hand woven
by Jeannine Glaves was presiding over the booth.

I had a number of bracelets made on my Mirrix Looms as well as a necklace and some pins that were new for this show.

We had a pretty busy first day with setting up and keeping open till 6pm. The next morning we woke to the most beautiful Texas morning.  I took a few minutes to snap some pictures of the Live Oak trees across from our motel.

I loved the negative shapes in this one.

The next morning at the booth we got right to work. Here is Lynn warping her Mirrix 12 inch loom with two tapestry bead cuff projects.

One of my favorite parts of a show like this is demonstrating the tapestry and jewelry I like to do on my Mirrix Looms.  We had lots of interest in the tapestries, Miyuki beads, Ymmyarns and John Moss bobbins.

Another exciting thing about doing shows is the opportunity to meet other vendors. In fact you never know who might come by to see you. I was able to meet an online friend that shares my interest in weaving tapestry diaries. It was so nice to meet you in person Lydia!

Toward the end of the show I also met a group of women from Viking Invasion. They are a group of re-enactors led by the Texas Elag who share an interest in bringing Viking era history to life. They bought several Ymmyarns for the scenes they are reproducing from the Bayeux Tapestry which depicts events leading up to the Norman conquest of England.

They shared some pictures of the project with me. These are not tapestry but cloths embroidered on linen with colored woolen yarns.

Here they are in period costume demonstrating the project.

Here is a close up of the stitching.

Here are some of the finished panels. They were such a fun, and interesting group. I really enjoyed meeting the "Viking Girls"!

Right next door to our booth was the Buffalo Gold booth and they had all kinds of products made with Buffalo fiber. I was particularly interested in the hats and since we were in Texas after all I decided to splurge on a felted buffalo cowboy hat.

Even before I returned home I started thinking about the beaded hat band I could make on my Mirrix loom and here it is.

I thought it turned out pretty well and now I also have a buffalo fedora that needs a hatband.

Back in Oklahoma but still feeling pretty comfy in my cowboy hat.

Friday, November 2, 2012

October Tapestry Diary, 2012

 The October portion of this years tapestry diary is complete!  It has been a very full month and I was happy to finish on time.  When I returned from Colorado I felt that I needed to weave Pikes Peak and so I got a little behind on my days and had to catch up towards the end but I am so glad to have a woven reminder of my trip. We actually drove to the summit on the 15th and so when I returned home I wove that scene before I continued with the diary. There is a detail below.

Also this month I taught a fiber /bead bracelet class and on the 27th went to a Halloween Tea at the Dragonmoon Tea House . Two friends and I dressed as witches so I decided to weave a witches hat for that event.

Here is the detail of Pikes Peak and a great reminder of the trip.
Lately when I weave my landscapes I have been thinking about how directional lines in a drawing help so much to define and invigorate areas of the landscape and so I have been experimenting with this approach in my weaving as well.

Finally I am putting another photo of the sampler from the workshop I took with Kathe Todd Hooker hosted by the Pikes Peak Weavers Guild in Colorado Springs. I have to admit that I was thinking of my diary as I was weaving the sampler and it felt like my diary away from home at the time.

My plan for November has yet to evolve but if I just keep weaving I am sure I will go somewhere with it.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

October Class at Dragonmoon

  A couple of days after our return from Colorado I had another opportunity to teach a fiber and bead bracelet class at the Dragonmoon Tea House in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  More woven jewelry on Mirrix looms, great food and fun!  In fact I am not sure if it is the weaving or the food that is more highly prized by class members but it is surely a winning combination. Thank you to the staff at Dragonmoon for such wonderful service and attention for our day long weaving adventures!

Here is Jennie busy at her loom.

Gwen is working on her bracelet here.

Another shot of Fran, Donna and Jennie working on some finishing.

Here are a couple of bracelets that Delores was working on.

Everyone seems to enjoy the Flamingo Clips!

Gwen's bracelet has been designed to have some embellishment in the center.

Here is one of mine that I used as a class sample for the beaded edging with a copper button as embellishment finished after the class.

Donna's picture of the finished bracelet.

Donna's bracelet in class.

Another one of my class samples, finished after the class with a ribbon clamp and a bead pattern with Tila beads.

One of my class samples just finished with a picot edging and...

a peyote button closure instead of the peyote slide.

Here is another picture Donna sent after the class of her second bracelet.  I think she is having fun with this.

Above is another bracelet I finished with a different closure of knotted silk and a ribbon clamp with some Magatama beads.

Robin was in the first class and just sent me this picture today.  Two fiber and bead bracelets and an OU, Oklahoma University beaded bracelet in the center.  I think she is enjoying these projects too!

I had several requests in the classes to come up with a necklace on the Mirrix Loom and so this past week I did one. I used hand painted silk for the warp, size 8 and 11 seed beads and some garnets that I purchased on a recent trip to Colorado. I am pretty happy with the necklace but having a hard time getting good pictures of it.

To the right is a detail of the bottom which is better for seeing the effect.

Finally, here is a photo of the catch detail.  It seems like a perfect souvenir of my Colorado trip. Now, if I can just catch up on the October Diary and get organized for a show in Texas the first week in November!