Saturday, April 16, 2011


Today concluded three days of backstrap weaving fun with a great group of ladies! 
I'm sorry that the party is over, but so am glad to have had this experience. 

We met in the weaving studio of Martha Stanley, which is in itself an inspiring place. Martha is an extremely talented rug weaver and a gracious hostess. The space was welcoming. 
This little Peruvian lady watched over us all. 

At last, the backstrap loom that I bought in Guatemala 8 years ago came out of it's wrapping 
and was put to use!!!
While my previous attempts to do weft floats (brocade) had not been successful,  I now believe that I can make it work after producing a couple of samples in this technique. 

Yonat's Weft Brocade Piece

Pebble weave is no longer a mystery to me and I am looking forward to doing more experiments with it. 
I am  grateful to have a copy of this book to refer back to. 
Laverne is a very good teacher, both in person and in her written lessons. 

Inspirational Pieces Woven by Laverne Illustrating Warp Float Patterns
You can learn this technique on Laverne's blog tutorial here

Here's what I have to show for my 3 days of weaving. The ones on the left and right are weft brocade. The green and white one is the first sample in plain weave. The brown one is my pebble weave piece. 
To read more about the workshop and see more photos, look at Laverne's blog here.


  1. I'm glad you had such a great time, and that pebble weave is definitly my favorite! Looks like you learned a lot, and it's always fun to hang around with people who share similar interests! :)

  2. Sooooo beautiful!!! I love taking classes with weaving women--too much fun, Annie!! xo

  3. What a great looking place and group. The weft brocade looks so pretty and I haven't tried this yet - on the list of "to try" techniques.

  4. Yay, I found your blog! It's really fun to see your pics of our class. I still really like your white one with the different colored motifs set off by those columns of dots that I hid in the borders. I want it for a hatband!

  5. Sounds like you had a great time. Loved the pictures.

  6. OOooooo pretty! Any dragonflies in your future straps? I love dragonflies! Maybe I need a dragonfly strap to replace the ribbon on my straw hat? Hmmmmmm...

  7. Terrific! Great that you are broadening your horizons learning new techniques. Can't wait to see camera straps with these patterns!

  8. It is indeed a treat to spend days with fun people who share an interest!
    Mrs. T- I'll work on dragonflies! Evelyn- The key to the weft brocade, I think, is finding a material that will fluff out on top of the surface, and beating each row well.

  9. Interesting -- once I get over my obession with my triangle looms I may have to try this!