Roots?

I am super excited that my Navajo loom came today. I won it in a hard fought auction on Ebay. It is beautiful and it is signed by the Navajo artist that made it. While I won’t be doing completely traditional Navajo weaving on it, the idea of weaving on it makes me feel like I am reaching back to my roots. I am not Navajo, but I am part Yaqui. And, while the Yaqui were better known for their mask making and basket weaving, they also made woven blankets. I can’t wait to get started.

Saori weaving

saoriclassSpent a lovely morning at Laura Roveda’s Saori Studio LA  where I got to try out this lovely saori loom. I had a feeling that I was going to really like it and I did. Sadly, it’s out of my budget at the moment, but definitely something to save up for.

SAORI WX-60 Loom

I can easily do free weaving on this and being an abstract painter, this is right up my alley . I plan on producing pieces for bags, pillows and whatever else I can come up with for my Etsy store. Here are a couple of things I made already using my rigid heddle loom. The top two pieces are linen with handwoven wool insets. The bottom piece is linen with felting and sashiko stitching. The yellow cross body bag has grey linen on the backside and the closure and strap are still to be added.

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I really need to finish up some of these half finished projects and photograph them, so I can put them in my store. Slow going, but having so much fun!

 

The weaving madness continues

Well, I have to admit it–I am addicted to weaving. I have been taking a class once a week to learn how to use my Glimakra rigid-heddle loom. My first complete project was a houndstooth wool scarf. A little hot for it now in So Cal, but I will appreciate next winter, I’m sure.

I also have a nice collection of frame looms that I am using for more artistic pieces: wall hangings and tapestries. I just ordered an inkle loom to make straps for my purses and if that isn’t enough, I have just discovered Saori weaving which is a Japanese contemporary hand weaving program founded by Misao Jo in 1969. She started weaving at 57 years old and created her own loom and style, free from the traditional concept and rules of weaving. Now, this is right up my alley. I am going to take an intro class, but in the meantime I’ve been experimenting with Saori style on my rigid heddle loom.

I am going to use these panels as insets on my purses and pillows.  Of course, I am dying to get one of the Saori looms, but they are quite expensive. If after I take the class, I can’t live with out one, I will start saving my pennies to buy one.

Needless to say, I am having a great time! 🙂

Weaving madness

Weaving, my new obsession. I love all the different textures and materials. The artistic possibilities seem limitless. I just started a tapestry based on one of my abstract paintings. It is extremely challenging and painting now seems so much easier. I have to say that I prefer weaving on a frame rather than my rigid heddle loom, but this is probably due to the fact that I am not very proficient yet. I am taking a class and maybe as I learn more, I will like it more.

On another note, I just finished the Liesl + Co Gallery Dress. I went with the Kaufman Rustic Chambray Linen in Indigo. And, I have to say, I love, love, love it! I will post pictures soon.

Mini pouch

I just have time for a quick posting today. Here is a small linen pouch using my sprig linocut. This was actually a test swatch, but the print came out really nice and clear, so I didn’t want to waste it. There is also a little wool hand stitching along the edge and a soft leather zipper pull. I sent it to my sister and she seemed to like it. I forgot to photograph it before sending it off (part of her Christmas gift and really late, so I was anxious to get it in the mail). She was nice enough to snap these shots for me.

Trying new things

This week, I made this red linen tote for my aunt’s birthday. It is hand block printed with one of my new linocuts. I also added a little hand painting and embroidery to it. I had never made a tote before, so I was quite pleased with how it came out. It was supposed to be an every day bag for her to use on her errands, she said it was really nice so she was only going to use it for special occasions. Not what I had in mind at all, lol!

The other thing I made this past week was a baby pinafore for my cousin’s new baby. I’ve never made baby clothes before and it was so easy and so much fun. And, it was so tiny! I think I am going to make another!

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Lastly, I’m just going to toot my own horn a little and post that my oil/wax painting “Epistrophy” based on a Thelonious Monk song is hanging in the window of Random Framing. Any exposure is good exposure, right?

It’s not a great pic, but you get the idea.

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Weekend work

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This weekend was filled with various projects. Some fun and one not so much. First on the list was rebuilding my graphic design website. My former host company went out of business without notice, so I woke up one day to find I had no email or website. What a headache! And, of course, they were unreachable, so I signed up with a new host and now have a website again. It still needs tweaking and I have to write the About section, but it’s off to a good start. I am looking for a few new clients, so if you or somebody you know needs some graphic design, please send them my way. Thanks.

Of course, I had to work on some fun stuff. Here is a picture of some boro strips I am working on to add to the cuffs of a blouse I made. I love boro!

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And, lastly I am playing around with frame loom weaving. I haven’t yet tackled the new rigid heddle loom I purchased about a month ago. It’s a bit intimidating, so I think I am going to register for a class. Here are two pieces I am working on now. Working on these is a bit like figuring out one of my abstract paintings.

The one on the left is 100% wool and recycled sari silk and is on a 12’x16″ frame loom that I made. The one on the right is recycled silk, raffia, wool, tea bags and I will be inserting some painted paper strips. This is a on a small lap loom. It is so relaxing and really fun. If you’ve never tried it, give it a whirl.

Okay, that’s it for now. Gotta get back to the graphic design salt mines. Have a great day everybody!