Dyeing and Color

I keep wanting to write something about dyeing my own threads. Not so much a ‘how to’ post, but rather a ‘why I do it post’.  But I keep getting stuck trying to verbalize my ideas, so I’m just going to go for it and I apologize in advance if the post is a bit free-associated. I do it because the dye process feels just as important to me as the weaving process.  It is just as important to me to become a competent dyer as it is to become a competent weaver.  Being able to dye my own threads … Continue reading Dyeing and Color

Finding my way

So, I’m sick again.  I don’t mean I have a cold, or even the flu. I have ulcerative colitis, and every once in a while it flares. Ulcerative colitis is an auto immune disorder that attacks the large intestine, resulting in severe inflammation of the intestine, bleeding ulcers in the lining of the intestine, and a variety of unpleasant symptoms.  Among the many and varied unpleasant symptoms is fever, extreme fatigue, extreme nausea, and a good dose of depression.  Worst of all, I can’t run.  When I can’t go for my run, I have a really hard time processing the … Continue reading Finding my way

Waiting for Grendel (my new loom)

 My big accomplishment at Convergence was securing a new loom. The amazing Hans and Sara von Tresckow of Woolgatherers are handling the procurement and design for me.  It is a process, and one that is causing me more than a little anxiety. First of all, the loom is big. It’s an Ulla Cyrus Oxaback with a 63″ weaving width. It’s normal depth would be about 75″, but Hans is designing a third beam for me that will add a little less than two feet on to the depth.  In addition, I’m going for 20 shafts, because if I’m going to … Continue reading Waiting for Grendel (my new loom)

Fireflies and Jellyfish: The process

This past week I’ve received a few emails asking me to detail my Theo Moorman process, specifically for Fireflies and Jellyfish.  Fireflies and Jellyfish: I’m going to outline the process as clearly and bluntly as possible relying heavily on pictures. Some of the pictures illustrating the dyeing process will be of the Wildings cartoon. Wildings was my piece in the Convergence mixed media exhibit and was woven on the same warp. Wildings: I start all of my pieces from a design. I often base my designs on details that I find in nature. In the case of Fireflies and Jellyfish … Continue reading Fireflies and Jellyfish: The process

Home from Complex Weavers and Convergence

Wow!! It’s been almost a year since I’ve posted here. When I started this blog I had a goal of keeping it updated. That didn’t happen. However, I’m going to try again. I’m back from the Complex Weavers and Convergence conferences, and I’m ready to go to work. The entire trip lasted 9 days. That’s the longest I’ve ever been away from my husband. I’m not much of a traveler and I was definitely homesick. However, I learned so much the trip was definitely worth it. It always amazes me how generous fiber artists are with their knowledge and I … Continue reading Home from Complex Weavers and Convergence

How Do You Eat An Elephant?…

…The same way you finish a very large fine thread project; one piece at a time. From conception to completion it is not unusual for my larger projects to take anywhere from 6-9 months of steady work. I work hard to maintain a positive attitude during these periods. Toward this end, I find that my two choices are: 1) Embrace the concept of delayed gratification and revel in weaverly martyrdom or 2) find ways to derive gratification from each step of the project. If I break the steps down as follows: design, measure, dye threads, wind bobbins, beam, thread, weave, … Continue reading How Do You Eat An Elephant?…

Dear Blog!!

Not to be too obvious, but I’m starting a blog about weaving. My husband has described my intention for this blog as a ‘professional diary’. I’m not quite comfortable with describing what I do as a profession. My weaving/fiber art still falls more on the avocation end of the spectrum. However, I would like for it to become my vocation and this blog is meant to be a place for me to go to think about and discuss my work as it develops. I am a weaver who works with very fine silk threads. My working sett for a warp … Continue reading Dear Blog!!