Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Color & Pattern Packs

Inkle weaving is my passion. I love to play with color and pattern combinations!!
Not everyone enjoys the color selection process as much as I do.  
This is why I developed "Color and Design Packs". The yarn that I use most often in my straps is Omega Sinfonia. It is thicker than other commonly used crochet cottons,
 and thicker than a #3 perle cotton. 
It's a 6-strand cable, fairly firm and durable. It comes in many pretty colors!

Each pack includes 4 skeins of yarn and a page illustrating a dozen patterns which could be used with this combination. Using this yarn the patterns will produce 1" bands. 

Wider bands could be inspired by the designs, however. 

The designs could also be used with other color combinations. 
They are meant to help beginners or those who struggle with color.  
I encourage the use of these designs as a way to get started, but they can also 
give you ideas for developing your own designs.

The packs are for sale here in my Etsy shop: ASpinnerWeaver on Etsy

So far, there are 8 combinations, but I will keep adding more since I have so many great colors to choose from. 

Below is one of my all-time favorite designs which looks good in many combinations of colors. 
This is what the warping charts look like in the pattern packs. I also have a new way of showing the draw-down so you can actually see what the pattern is going to look like when woven. I'm excited about this method as it will be super useful to illustrate the designs in the book I'm working on!
Look for that in 2017.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Inkle Weaving Classes

I love my house in the woods! 
It is spacious enough that I can now have classes here!

The very first one will be for beginning inkle weavers. I'll share my enthusiasm for plain weave bands. There is no end to the beautiful patterns you can create using plain weave! 

 I have looms that I can loan for the day and will have my favorite yarn for sale in 25+ colors.  
It's on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 1PM-4PM.
Cost is $35. 
Location is near Albuquerque, New Mexico.


If you are interested in attending, please send an email message to: iWeaveStraps@Gmail.com
If you can't make this one, email me anyway to get on my list. I'll notify you of future classes.
There will also be classes in pickup and 3-color pickup. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Key Fobs

Last week, with my daughter behind the camera, we photographed my collection of key fobs.
The collection is now for sale here in my Etsy shop: Key Fobs on Etsy
We decided to try the very stark white background approach to product photography.
For those of you who are used to seeing my colorful photos, you know what a different thing this is for me. I agree that the photo has no distractions and shows the product off well, however, I'm not sure that it reflects me and my aesthetic. I'm having a dilemma.  Please let me know what you think!

The below photo shows a group together and is a much more fun photo, if you ask me!

I cut the woven band at about 10.5" and when folded and clamped into the hardware, it makes a loop about 10" around, easy enough for the average person to slip over their wrist. 

Last summer I did a wholesale order of 50 for a customer from Japan.
He requested that I make the loops shorter, about 6".
The photos below shows some of that order.
There were "brights" and "earth tones". 

If you are interested in making your own, I recommend the following resources.
My friend, Kim Varland, helped me to figure out the details of assembling my bands into key fobs.
She created this very detailed tutorial which is for purchase here in her Etsy shop: Key Fob Tutorial

I've been buying the hardware from this shop on Etsy:  SewingSupplies on Etsy

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

It's a Match!

I greatly admire handwoven fabric, overshots and twills are favorites, especially. I also love ikat fabrics and have never tried the technique, although I could on an inkle loom. And then, I'm in awe of people who can use their sewing machines without a fight (something I've never mastered) and who can create wearable clothing.

What an honor to be asked to have a part in someone else's project which combines all of the above. All I had to do was inkle a couple of plain weave bands. There was a lot of conversation, color-matching of yarns and a sample sent ahead of time to be sure that I had it right. Below is the result.

This is a cotton kimono jacket by Janice DeCoomen woven in bird's eye twill.
(Click photo to enlarge it and get a better look.)
It is part of The Milton Artists Guild's exhibit at the Office of the US Attorney General                        in Burlington, VT.  The show runs from September 2016 through February 2017.

The exhibit is called 'Inspirations' and her piece was inspired by the colors of the mountains and sky. Janice told me that "When I was an art teacher, a favorite unit was studying Hokusai's Mount Fugi paintings and having the students paint our local mountain, thus 'Kimono'". Below is a sample of the yarn she used for the project.

In the fabric, the bright pink color tends to get a lot of the attention, so Janice decided that she would like the trim and belt to have more of the blues/green/purple colors. 
I wove two pieces, trim at 1" wide, and a piece for the belt at 2" wide. 
They are shown below. 

Here is a closeup of the trim. I used 5/2 perle cotton at 53 warps, for just under an inch. 

Thanks, Janice, for inviting me to be a part of this! 
You can visit her website here; wildflowerweaving.weebly.com