Weaving

WIP Wednesday

Since I know I wont be able to post for Thursday I'm posting for Work in Progress Wednesday.

My first weaving on a loom! All out of mystery fibers from my stash.

I'm having a little difficulty with the edges of the weaving but I've yet to consult the Youtubes for help. I am also starting to think that my reed slats are too wide for the thread I'm using. There was another reed with smaller spacing but I found out too late how to change them out.

Adventures to come!

Reading: Missouri off the Beaten Path: a Guide to Unique Places by Patty DeLano. Next stop Leila's Hair Museum!

Listening to: Mucho discussion over gays now being able to marry. Congrats folks!

Cooking: Canning experiments from my Farmer's Journal Canning and Freezing cook book: Ginger Peach Butter, Thai Curry Green Beans, and Sweet Pickles for my toddler. I also ground up most of my basil plant for pesto. I have a feeling it would succumb to mildew soon. So. Much. Rain.

Beginner Weaver Mistakes

This week I finally started the weaving process. My hubby got my warping board finished and I sat down with my DVD on how to warp my loom. Here's the process.

Cleaned the studio and set up warping board. It's a frame with pegs. The laundry basket is to hold my ball of thread and let it unravel well.

Getting all my threads on the warping board so that all the warp threads are the same length.

I took the warping threads off the board and chained them so they are compact and easy to manage. All that contrasting thread is to hold the cross of the threads and the choke that keeps the threads together.

Sleying the reed. The reed is a plastic screen that has slots for every warp thread. Sleying mean pulling each individual thread through the reed. The reed is on a beater bar that you use to beat the weave back. It's being propped by the lace book.

Now I thread a warp thread through a small hole in each of those white strings. The pattern of my weave is determined by what harness the white threads are attached to. I have a four harness loom. I think I'm weaving a twill because the lady in the DVD is weaving a twill and I made a smaller version of her pattern because she is working with an 8 harness loom. Barbie was my daughter's idea and Ginger wants the curry I am holding while I take this photo.

So I was beginning to pull the whole warp through the loom and wind it around the back bar crank thingy but a couple of my warp strings broke because it's old string and I was pulling on it too much. So now I'm stopped until I either repair the threads of start all over again. First times.

I finally have a sculpture finished! Now I have photos to edit.

Reading: The Life of Images: Selected Prose by Charles Simic

Listening to: Stuff Mom Never Told You: Dad Bod edition. Sparked an interesting conversation with my husband (who is a dad and has a dad bod) about how it just seems like a normal body type and how I've always been more attracted to dad bod's

Cooking: Endive au Gratin! Is there anything more divine then a perfectly executed bechemal sauce? Also My new favorite way to cook beets is my roasting them on the grill and then drizzling them in red wine vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper, and fresh thyme.

Fair Season

I love fairs. Fair week was what I waited for all year around. I remember running between barns,  completely filthy, taking care of my rabbits, cleaning up after my brother's cow, feeding my pig burgers. I still remember the awesome cheese burgers our little burger shack back near the barns. The rainy nights sleeping on top of my brother's cow. These weeks were the happiest of my teenage years. And then there are the ribbons.

I won two artistic excellence ribbons in the Pro category at the Knob Noster fair last week. I'm now an award willing artist. The next fair in my sights is the Missouri state fair. They have a huge show called the Missouri 50 that is being judged by a guy that curates for a really nice gallery in St. Louis. I'm pretty excited. Even if I don't get into the Missouri 50 at least I can still show my work in the open pro show. I just can't wait for the end of August.

After about 15 minutes of wracking my brain trying to figure out how the loom looks standing up I got it put back together. The only thing that helped was thinking there was no way the manufacturer would let their logo be upside down. After that things were cake.

Then I watched the warping your loom DVD and found out that I need a warping board to make all my warping treads even. Shoot. So now Ian is making me a warping board. I like handy husbands. Not much weaving has happened yet but it's only a matter of time. So now it sits on the studio floor.

I've challenged myself to finish a piece once a month. This is really necessary because I have been making little components of sculpture but not actually getting anything put completely together. I think it's just fear. Sometimes I think little elements or materials are just too precious so I never push them to become pieces. Now I'm working on my seed pod sculpture to try and finish it for June. It's close I can almost feel it.

Reading: The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. I read the first book in December and have been waiting patiently for the second one to come out. And it's here! I rarely like fantasy/sci fi or series (does every author have to sign a contract that makes them write three books?) But this is sooo goood. Much blood. Very Politic. Such Magic.

Listening to: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Maps" I forgot how much I love this song.

Cooking: I found endive! It's endive au gratin time!

 

 

Looming Horizon

Long have I been a fan of tapestries. I first started to get really excited about them in undergrad and have thought about doing my masters about them. Last night was the KC Fiber Guild meeting and I borrowed the guild's loom so that I can start teaching myself to weave. We'll see how that adventure goes.

Louet W40 Folding Table Loom, four harness

So this pretty piece came home with me last night and now I have to teach myself to warp it. Luckily I have a DVD and Youtube. It's all collapsed in the photo so I'll have to figure out how to make it stand and stuff like that. I thought a fun project to start on my loom would be sakiori, a Japanese weaving technique that uses fabric scraps. I took a class at Komaki Onsen in Misawa and really loved the idea of using up all the fabric that I have kept. I'll work my way up to tapestries in a little bit.

This week in Knob Noster they are having fair week and then Whiteman Air Force Base is having their air show. Much to do all around. I entered one of my flower arrangements in the flower show and then a quilt and a couple of art pieces in the art show. Both shows are in the basement of the First Christian Church on Monroe St. in Knob Noster. The judging is today so it should be fun to see if I won any ribbons tonight. I was big into 4-H and fairs as a kid and so I love winning ribbons. Next I'll try entering the Missouri State Fair since it is just up the road.

Palm, Star gazer lilly, white aster.

Other flowers at the show.

Saturday is World Wide Knit in Public Day so I'm gonna take my lime green socks down to the air show and knit next to some jets. Maybe I'll even stand in line forever and knit in a cockpit.

Reading: Stone Mattresses by Margaret Atwood

Listening to: Found a fun new podcast Memory Palace

Making: Strawberry cake with a lemon curd center and strawberry icing all from scratch for my daughters birthday. I have a three year old running around the house. Can you believe it?