Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Going Green

I'm working on another trade this week and if it works out well, I'll show you the results in a future post. It involves a band, and a guitar player who doesn't speak much English. 
He was able to convey that his favorite color is green, though.
My strap inventory had a few with green as a significant color among other colors, but I wanted to give him some really good, really green choices.

I've got a nice variety of green yarns in my stash, so here's what I wove this week.

This one below turned out interesting and looking a bit like an African design. I wasn't sure that the light "mango" yellow and dark red would work well together, but was happy with the result.


This one is a Baltic-style pickup which I love! Most of it I wove on Saturday, August 27th, while vending at the People's Faire in Las Vegas, New Mexico.
It was great visiting with all of the locals, including this grasshopper who spent some time checking out my design. 

This picture had a few edits so as to bring out the grasshopper better, but the photo below, showing the strap after it was cut off the loom, has more accurate color. 


The strap shown below also uses a Baltic-style pickup pattern of sorts.

It's what I call a "Simple Pickup", a term for a concept that I came up with. These types of patterns employ a design which is mostly plain weave, with only a few threads used for the pickup design.   To see more examples of Simple Pickups, click here to read this previous blog post.  If you haven't done pickup, this is a nice way to ease into it.

Since there was a lot of interest in this band from members of the Inkle Weaving Group on Facebook, I'm including below the threading chart for this band. There are 75 warps.
The top row represents the heddled threads and the bottom row, the unheddled.

The pickup pattern involves the center cinnamon-colored thread and the two off-white threads on either side of it. It spans three rows and goes like this:
Row 1- Pick up the center thread
Row 2- Pick up the two threads to the right and left of the center
Row 3- Pick up the center thread
Because you are picking the center thread once and then picking it again, it ends up floating over 5 rows of weaving, while the other floats are over 3 rows.
In this band, I have woven 6 rows of plain weave before starting the next pickup motif.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

A Good Trade

When I had a booth at the Albuquerque Rail Yards Market last summer, 
a very interesting customer walked in to it. It seems we share a love for color and pattern. 
She is Diane Kidman of Pueblo & Co., a very talented bead weaver and pattern designer.
She has two shops on Etsy, one where she sells her beaded jewelry here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PuebloAndCo
And this one where she sells her patterns, beads, beadlooms and supplies:

Being admirers of each other's designs, we decided to do a trade. It was hard to narrow down my choices, but I finally selected the design below. I love it!

This inspired me to design some of my pieces using her color combination.

Below are two sides of the same guitar strap. Loving this bright combination! The strap is for sale here in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/249677871/guitar-strap-fancy-prism-pattern

Diane selected the belt below from my other Etsy shop ASpinnerWeaver

She designed a bracelet to go with it, using my colors. 
The last time I saw her, she was wearing both. How cool is that? 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Lone Piñon - My New Favorite Band

A couple of months ago, I received a phone call from a guitar player in Santa Fe who had seen my website and was interested in commissioning a custom strap for his classical guitar.
So, after our conversation, I decided to go hear his band. Wow!
The style of music that they play was not like anything I had ever heard before, 
but I loved it at once!

You can click on the video below and give them a listen, too.

 "The acoustic trio which includes Greg Glassman (guitar, vocals), Jordan Wax (fiddle) and Noah Martinez (guitarrón) have immersed themselves in musical roots of Mexico’s Huasteca and Tierra Caliente regions, as well as El Rio Grande del Norte (Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado). Drawn together from a variety of musical backgrounds but mutual a admiration for cultural music roots, Lone Piñon formed in 2012. The warm acoustic tones and vibrant energy of their performances burst with the natural communal joy steeped in the music’s tradition." 
~ from an article on Mecca Lecca.
Read the full article here: http://meccalecca.com/?p=25619

The guitar strap which I made for Greg turned out beautifully and here he is using it.

He wrote a beautiful testimonial for my website: "The mark of the hand. We live in a time enamored with cheap quantity, forgetting the discernment and value of true quality. It’s an honor to be able to don and enjoy your handwoven guitar strap, from right here in the east mountains of New Mexico. Wearing it is like receiving a gentle hug while playing guitar. And the colors and pattern you chose present a beautiful and joyful utitlity. Thank you for the perfect classical guitar strap."  

A closeup of the strap shows the little bits of red, gold and rusts which really make the design pop.

On February 26th, 2016 they will  be releasing their first CD and throwing a party in Santa Fe at the Mission San Miguel. Click here for details: https://www.facebook.com/events/877431079042861/

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Colossally Long Sash

I just finished weaving this sash and it's twice as long as me!

It's actual measurements are 3.5" wide by 143" long.
It was woven using carpet and tapestry wool yarns and is rather stout!

The pattern is one that I designed and like to use every once in a while.
You can find the chart for weaving it at the end of this post. 

The customer asked me to braid the fringes. 

This is the floor-standing inkle loom which I used to weave it.
It was home made using the plans from "Inkle Weaving" by Helene Bress

The sash will be part of an outfit similar to the one below, worn by a "Mountain Man", or someone who reenacts the Fur Trade Era. I have woven many sashes and straps for reenactors.
Click here to see a fun photo album of people wearing my pieces at a large 
Rendezvous event from 2010.
My Etsy shop, iWeaveSashes, has many straps and sashes for reenactors.

 The pattern chart looks like this.