Saturday, April 18, 2015

Weaving The Rainbow

I like playing with color! 

My husband tells me that I can't have too much yarn. How can I create beautiful designs if I don't have all of the colors of the rainbow to choose from? I love him! So, I am forever adding to my stash. 
The photo below is of a guitar strap I made a few years back. It was inspired by a yarn bomb discovered in Santa Cruz, CA.   Read that story HERE.  While it includes all the colors of the rainbow plus a few, they are not in typical rainbow sequence. 

Once upon a time, I decided to use up small bits of may colors by creating a rainbow using as many shades of each color as I could find in my stash. 
As it turns out, I put together these 22. 

Several people, having seen photos of the first one, have asked me to make them a 
version of it.  This one is slightly different. I never want to make any two exactly alike. 

For the one I just finished this month, here's what the yarn selection looked like when I started. I swapped out a couple of colors after taking the photo. Then, once I started
 weaving there were two that just seemed too dark. So, I unwove, replaced them
 and moved the order of a couple of others. It was worth it. 

Really like this one! 

It looked amazing on the loom while I was weaving! 

Here are few other straps which have used some version of the rainbow.

The one below with diamonds just sold last month at the Tempe Guitar Show. 
It was woven in a pickup pattern using the horizontal bar background. 
One shed was all black and the other shed incorporated red, orange, golden yellow, 
yellow, yellow-green, green, blue-green, blue and purple. 

The below strap was a custom order inspired by an album cover from the band MGMT, called "Electric Feel". It also uses black as the background color with a pickup pattern. 
This pattern was done on the "Basketweave or Baltic" threading.

Below, this strap, also a custom request, used 5 of the 6 colors of the rainbow, 
 but with the 6th, red, being replaced by pink.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Weaving the Mountains

These are the Sandia Mountains which we see from our house in central New Mexico, USA. 
During sunset, they are known to light up in various shades of red on the west face. 
This earned them their name, "sandia" which is the Spanish word for watermelon.
 Recently, I was asked by an Albuquerque native to weave him a mandolin strap using the colors of the Sandias. After some consideration and two tries, I came up with a nice landscape type pattern which we thought created the look and feel of the mountains. 

At first, I selected 9 colors to represent the vegetation, earth, mountains, sky and clouds as seen in the photo. I have some pretty great colors! In the end, I used only 5 of them. 

In this photo, you can see both the front and back of the strap. 
The back side appears quite differently than the front. 

The customer sent me this photo of the strap on his mandolin. You can see how he used the long braids on the one end to tie around the F-scroll on the mandolin. 

This week I got confirmation that I will be a vendor at the Albuquerque Folk Festival.
Check out their logo and how fantastically it shows the "Watermelon Mountains".
Love this! Looking forward to a great musical time! 

Check out my Events page to see where else I will be showing! 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

My Recent Projects

Custom order requests are a constant source of fascinating projects for me. I'm always interested in hearing from people about what they wish to have and if I can make that wish come true, I'm excited to do it.
I'd like to share a couple of recent ones with you.

Mike  had a custom tenor guitar built by luthier, Gregory Miller, and wanted a custom made strap to match it. The rosette design around the sound hole is very unique, and a style created by Gregory. When I looked at this, I saw both a symmetrical and an asymmetrical element to the design. Each of these had possibilities for a strap design, but which one to choose? I decided to make two straps and let the customer choose. He chose the asymmetrical one and was kind enough to send me the following photos of the strap with guitar.

Here's the second design, which did not get chosen.

From time to time, I get asked to weave a sash for use by a Native American for their regalia and I always am honored to make a piece which has so much importance to it's user. 
This set of sash and garters were just shipped to a customer in Minnesota whose heritage is of the Wampanoag tribe. He selected colors to match his shirt and apron. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Birthday Giveaway! Win this Strap!

This strap was woven a couple of weeks ago, inspired by the work  of another New Mexico weaver, Irvin Trujillo. He weaves tapestries in the Chimayo tradition with many innovations. The piece which inspired this strap was a sort of abstract one called "Germantown Moki". Moki  is an old style which most often is characterized by black and blue stripes of equal size. 

When I first posted the picture of this one on my Facebook page, it got a lot of really nice comments. So, I decided that it would be great to make it the object of my January Birthday Giveaway.
Are you a Facebook user? If so, you can go on over to my Facebook page and have a chance at winning it yourself. Here's the link: Birthday Giveaway!

I've outfitted it with swivel clips so that you could attach it to whatever you carry: 
purse? spinning wheel? camera case? laptop? briefcase? gig bag? luggage?
It measures 2" wide and is adjustable from 29" to 51" in length.