Weave with me Holiday Weaving Experience comes to Ennis, MT

Weave with me – Holiday Weaving Experience is coming to Ennis on November 27th.

We are bringing 4 looms filled with Holiday cheer for your weaving and gift making pleasure. Historic Weaving does all of the hard work, creating the warp and preparing the loom. You get to have fun relaxing and weaving a beautiful holiday project. This session will have two instructors, you will have a student teacher ratio of 2:4, this will allow plenty of time for questions and individual focus.

Cost: $100 per weaver – All inclusive fee, there are no additional fees.

Reservation and Cancellation Policy: A weaving experience is considered reserved when the session has been paid for in full. Your payment ensures that a loom will be prepared specifically for you. Historic Weaving incurs significant non-refundable expenses prior to the scheduled weaving experience date. Because of this, weaving sessions that are cancelled within 2 weeks of their scheduled date are not eligible for refund. Should Historic Weaving need to cancel a session due to unforeseen emergency circumstances, a refund or reschedule option will be given.

Weave with me newsletter – October 2018

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Opportunities for learning about weaving, and weaving with me:

 

Open Studio November 3-4 10:30am -5pm Historic Weaving Studio

MT Parent 5th Annual Holiday Bazaar  November 24th 10am – 4pm at the Gran Tree Inn

Kids/Family Weaving Day: Santa’s Elves  December 8th, 9am -11am or 1pm-3pm

Bozeman Weaver’s Guild Meeting  Saturday, November 17th 11-1pm Bozeman Fire Station 3

Santa’s Workshop for Adults: December 1st, 6pm to 8pm  Historic Weaving Studio

 

 

The backstory on 50 Shades of Gray warp

While trolling around on Pinterest for inspiration, I came across this image. I found it attractive, and classic at the same time. Foolish me, I took note of the image, associated it with other Bauhaus artists that inspire me and got to work thinking about how I could translate this into a woven piece suitable for one of my traveling handlooms. For the next two weeks. I could not make that image come into my feed again.

Little did I know what I had stumbled upon. This was a work of one of the big artists in my era – Sol LeWitt, he was based in New York City , my childhood cultural mecca during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Mom brought us children to the city at least monthly for cultural events, music, art, etc. I grew up thinking everyone went to the Met, MoMA, Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall on a regular basis. It’s what you do when school’s out or on a weekend; take a train, walk the city, come home excited but exhausted.

Turns out Mr. LeWitt and I might have crossed paths as Wikipedia says of him that:

He had an entry-level job as a night receptionist and clerk he took in 1960 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

Paragraphs on Conceptual Art LeWitt asserted that Conceptual Art was neither mathematical nor intellectual but intuitive, given that the complexity inherent to transforming an idea into a work of art was fraught with contingencies.[43] LeWitt’s art is not about the singular hand of the artist; it is the idea behind each work that surpass the work itself.

Also come to find out he was also influenced by Josef Albers, a Bauhaus alumni:

Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawing

Seven Basic Colours and all their Combinations in a Square Within a Square

Sol LeWitt dedicated his wall drawing to Josef Albers, whose colour theory and practice was a significant influence on his own development.

Even if LeWitt and Albers are separated by a fundamentally different understanding of their work, what is valid for both artists is their avoidance of any emphatic idea of authorship, their surmounting of any hierarchic model of composition and the way they, in general, objectify the work concept in which a single piece is always part of a long term serial study.

I saw this piece, and instantly set about figuring how a warp like this could be created. I drew a simple draft.

Note, my draft is backwards as the orientation of the work was not most critical in my mind, but the mechanics behind the pattern was. Sol LeWitt increased the black lines by 1 in every block and began his work with a minimum of two blocks. The grid used, was very similar to the one he used for his cubes. Which explains the two black lines around the outside.

From there I decided to build on this pattern principle, I wanted a draft with 200 threads, 10 blocks of 20 threads each and I was home free! Next step was to wind this warp, each set of blocks would require a different number of threads in black and white.

I fashioned my own sectional warping system from a reel that was donated to me by a weaving friend. I used a velvet cantra frame to hold the AVL tension box, and a LeClerc spool rack for the 30 bobbins needed.

Yes, I am an engineer and I think of these types of things often.

I then transferred the warp from the reel to the Ashford Katie loom I was going to weave it on.

I threaded the 8 shafts in a straight threading keeping my options open for structure changes.

The reed in the loom is a 10 dpi read and I sleyed it at two threads per dent. Warp was composed of 10/2 cotton in black and white. One of the first things that I noticed, if the sleying/threading was not correct, all of the black threads would not rise to the top at the same time. This was a clue to go back and double check my work. I found the warp quick to proof in this way.

My first sample was woven in a plain weave with a sett of 20 ends per inch,  half the threads up on each throw of the shuttle. It was easy to start with the white on the left and know which lever to throw with each pass, until you began to add the black. Then I needed to check what the last throw was to determine the next. In my zeal to finish the sample, Ihad abandoned the draft, and resorted to looking and counting. In some ways it was slow going, the piece took about 4 hours to weave only because I made mistakes and had to undo and redo my work. What did I gain from this approach, more of a reliance on what my eyes saw in the cloth versus what the draft said to do. Some of the first steps in design on the loom.

From the photo of the loom you can see I wove this piece outside while camping.

What troubled me about the piece was that it was not square, each block was taller than long, the sett was quite loose for the thread. The loom is only 12 inches wide, lowering the sett was not a practical solution for this loom.

For the second sample I chose to switch to a twill structure which allowed the threads to collapse down on each other a bit more. I measured the block and I was very close to square, I felt it was close enough to continue.

During this weaving I made note that if I was not careful with the levers, and picked a 2&7 combination instead of 2&5, I began to see a log cabin or shadow weave variation appear in the warp. Twice, I needed to unweave large sections of the warp to remove this undesirable optical effect.

Here are the two finished samples side by side:

There was much more I want to weave and try on this warp. But time is short, and I will have to leave it to some of my students to complete.

I am pleased that Sol LeWitt’s work translated so well into weaving. It provides a great study for practicing design principles while on the loom.

I can now see the difference the structure will make in both the range of values, and the size of the pixel.

 

Click here to purchase draft package of the 50 Shades of Grey Challenge. Package includes computerized draft for weaving software .wif file, and non-computerized draft in PDF format, as well as a PDF with pictures detailing the project.

 

 

Testing of the “50 Shades of Grey” warp

I was first inspired by a pen in and ink drawing I saw on Pinterest but in my excitement, I did not capture it and now I can’t get it back in my feed to credit it properly. It was a museum piece from the Bauhaus era, which is why it spoke to me.

I decided to see if I could weave it on a loom, specifically on a 4 or 8 shaft loom.

Turns out it was very possible. I did the sample twice on the warp you see here, once in plain weave and again using a straight twill. The twill I think most closely matches the look I was going for.

There are many more experiments to try. Clasped weft (black and white), color substitution in weft, Solid color in weft. It goes on and on, and no two will be alike.

 

Historic Weaving is participating in Bozeman OPEN Studios Tour

You will want to save the date for this event. Historic Weaving is opening its doors to the touring public on November 3 & 4, 2018

Learn how art is made first hand by visiting local artists studios.

In my, case I will have a studio full of looms ready for you to try your hand at weaving for the first time. Be certain to allow enough time to sit for a few minutes and learn to throw a shuttle. Its not very complicated, at least for the projects I have prepared for you.

I will also be serving fine finger foods to stave off those cravings you get while roaming the countryside in search of great artists and their art.

Of course, you will have the opportunity to purchase handwoven gifts, just in time for the gift giving season.

Website: https://bozemanopenstudios.weebly.com/

I look forward to seeing you and having you weave with me.

 

Introducing the 200 Thread Challenge for Fall 2018

 

 

 

 

 

When I teach others, I am focused on the skills students want to acquire to meet their immediate weaving needs. For example, you have never woven before and you want to get started. I have a plan for that. I’ll bring you a loom to use that is completely set up, and we will sit down together, meet the loom and begin to weave. No big preamble to get started, just the basics, and the wonder of weaving for the first time. There is plenty of time to get into the grit of warping, designing and drafting later. For your first experience, I am looking to create a supportive environment in which you are ensured success.

As a weaving teacher/coach, I can come to your home, or meet a public location that works for both of us. We predetermine the amount of time for the session, and perhaps the project you are most interested in completing.

I am introducing my new 200 Thread Challenge Series of projects for the fall of 2018.

This is a series of 4 warps, equally suitable for both new weavers and those with experience.

1. “50 Shades of Grey” Using only black and white warp and plain weave, can you create 50 different shades? What techniques will you use to control the outcome? New weavers may want to explore the impact of unexpected color in a black and white warp. At the end of the session you will have a lovely wall hanging to remind you of your weaving session.

 

 

 

 

2. “What Moves You?” You are presented with a random color warp, how will you weave it? Are you most concerned about color, symmetry, structure or texture? You will be presented with a choice of weft yarns to complete your project. What you decide will help you to understand more about what is important in your weaving experience.

 

 

 

 

3. “The Inheritance” A warped loom arrives,  there are no drafts, and no one to help you, it is just you and the loom? Can you discover how to weave the correct pattern? Do you want to? This exercise will help experienced weavers  see how you will cope with the unknown. New weavers will be given hints to ensure success.

 

 

 

4. “Earn your Stripes” How will you create stripes on a single color warp? Will you use color or structure, or a combination of both. Do you like french linen, plaids or some other combination?

 

 

 

 

 

For small groups, I can bring all of four of my table/floor looms with the projects on them. When we meet, I will help you decide who gets to complete which challenge while we have a good time getting to know one another.  If you are scheduling a two hour session, I will provide snacks and light beverages (water, tea, coffee) as part of the class fee.  In the Bozeman area,  the all inclusive cost is $100 per person weaving.   For that fee, I warp the loom, provide the weft materials, and facilitate a morning or afternoon of weaving fun.

If you are located outside of the Bozeman/Belgrade area and want to schedule a 200 Thread Challenge session for you, your family, or your guild, please contact me (fill out the form below – in the comment please mention the 200 Thread Challenge) and we can discuss if a mileage fee will be needed to cover transportation costs to your location.  For Rates and Options – see Rate Sheet.

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October 6-7th, 2018 – Weave with me comes to Ennis, Montana

Ennis Schedule:

October 6th – Sessions available – Bring your loom or I can come to you (in town – I’m traveling in the motorhome and staying in a local RV Park). Click for Rates

October 7th – 11am to 1PM – First Weaving Session – designed for new weavers. I will bring the tablelooms, and the materials. We will gather at the ARTISTS on MAIN gallery in Ennis, and weave for two hours together. You will take home an inspirational wall hanging to remind you of the first time you wove.  9/14 UPDATE: Only one more space available for this class.

I will be bringing the 200 Thread Challenges to this session:

This is a series of 4 warps, equally suitable for both new weavers and those with experience.

1. “50 Shades of Grey” Using only black and white warp and plain weave, can you create 50 different shades? What techniques will you use to control the outcome? New weavers may want to explore the impact of unexpected color in a black and white warp. At the end of the session you will have a lovely wall hanging to remind you of your weaving session.

2. “What Moves You?” You are presented with a random color warp, how will you weave it? Are you most concerned about color, symmetry, structure or texture? You will be presented with a choice of weft yarns to complete your project. What you decide will help you to understand more about what is important in your weaving experience.

3. “The Inheritance” A warped loom arrives,  there are no drafts, and no one to help you, it is just you and the loom? Can you discover how to weave the correct pattern? Do you want to? This exercise will help experienced weavers  see how you will cope with the unknown. New weavers will be given hints to ensure success.

4. “Earn your Stripes” How will you create stripes on a single color warp? Will you use color or structure, or a combination of both. Do you like french linen, plaids or some other combination?

 

To join this session  – seating is limited to 4. Please fill out this form (Please mention Ennis and October 6th in the comment) :

 

I am certified!

I have officially completed the Montana Artrepreneur Program.

What does that mean? I have studied, sweated and worked diligently to refine my work, as well as to learn to tell my story and build a sustainable business brand as a weaver and an artist.

I have learned how to dedicate time to both the studio and the business; achieving goals, executing marketing plans and business plans while I am creating new work to sell to the public.

When you ask me for a business card, artist statement, resume, press kit, portfolio or a formal proposal, I can deliver electronically and in print.

If I bring you work to sell, you’ll get a record of the inventory, with product images for easy identification. I understand and can explain my price points if needed.  I know how to produce and sell work at wholesale rates to retailers.

Doing business with me will be a pleasure!

 

 

 

 

 

Weave with me.

Our weaving together is important for many reasons. I get to learn about you and encourage you on your life journey and your weaving with me provides me with joy and a sense of community.

Weaving is my happy place. When the world does not work as expected, I can pick up some thread, wind a warp and create a loom-bound universe of my very own to spend some quality time in. The reality is that my output may not be perfect, but I always feel better for having spent the time on the loom. I always learn something, and get new ideas on how to improve my work the next time.

Weaving teaches me several things, as much as I would like order and control, the universe has other plans. I must be careful as I reasonably can in planning, warping, and the weaving to ensure good results. I have to be willing to own my mistakes/missteps and determine for myself what must change in order to improve. Progress may be slow at times but it is not a race to the finish line to say “done, and done”. I have my lifetime to enjoy this, there really is no hurry or timeline to meet except one I create for myself.

My call to action is “Weave with me.” It is an invitation to come alongside and share the joy of just “being” and sharing a common love of fiber art. I have no expectation that you will want to weave what I weave, your life and your weaving needs are not mine. There will be days that you want more information and knowledge, and there will be days when you just want companionable company for the journey. Whether you bring a loom and a project with you for our session or you make use of the looms and projects in my rolling studio, rest assured we will pass our time together pleasantly.

I purchased a motorhome in order to make it easier to meet you. My plan is to be able to travel to you, I love seeing new places and new people. I also no longer feel the need to move at the speed of sound. On the road, I can slow down a little and spend more time with people. The usual teaching experience for a weaving teacher is a morning workshop or a long weekend pouring out knowledge and technique as fast as one can speak. I know that weaving takes time, and so does learning a new skill. My preference would be for spending a week or two in an area before moving on, time to see where and how you live, make new friends and finish a project of my own. If this sounds good to you or your guild, I invite you to: “Weave with me.” Drop me an email via the contact page and let me know how I can come alongside and enrich you and your guild’s weaving experience.

Let’s spend some quality time weaving together.

 

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Two Tie Unit Weave – Variation 3

The latest work on the loom. Variation 3 of my two tie unit weave.  I am working with a “olive/avacado” green cotton thread for the pattern weft. The design deign is a new one I have recently completed. I was looking for a contemporary feel and I believe that I have achieved that. The weaving is pleasant and easy to follow.

This is just one of the 10 items in my production run on the AVL loom this Spring. Look for it to appear for sale online – on this website sometime this summer.

Using Perler beads to design a tie-up

I have been working on a warp that will include 10 different designs on my AVL loom. This warp has been set up to be a two tie unit weave. The warp will handle 16 shaft patterns in a point twill layout. Because I have a standard threading and a standard treadling, all I need to change will be by tie-ups and the color of my pattern threads.  Pretty simple weaving.

I made the designing easier by using Perler beads to lay out the tie ups and tested the symmetry using a pair of quilting mirrors.  I have labeled this tie-up variation 6.  There are four more designs in the series to go.

Group Programs

Entertain your group with both the magic and fascinating history of weaving.

Relax with a 30 minute historical presentation of the weaving topic of your choice, followed by a 1 hour weaving experience sure to be a team builder.

Perfect for groups who need to try something new and different for growth. Program can be customized for length and hands on activity.

Click here to see available presentations and how to book yours today

 

The six dollar loom – Introduction to Weaving Project

Six Dollar Loom

Have you wondered how you could construct enough DIY looms that were affordable for a group students to use?

I have the answer for you, try my six dollar loom. It can be constructed out of parts found at a local hardware store and does not require fancy tools to assemble. It is adjustable, transportable and able to be disassembled flat for storage.

I designed this loom this year for a weaving class at the local library, I was able to produce 20 units for $120 in parts. The hardware parts are also available in bulk from McMaster-Carr allowing you to save even more money if you happen to need even more.

It is as sturdy as a Hockett loom, it is also flexible in that you can easily modify the sett for weaving. My instructions include suggestions for the threads to be used for your very first project.

I will be using this loom design to develop more weaving lessons to be used in the classroom.

The first project is a bookmark, that is expected to take 30-60 minutes to weave in a classroom of new weavers.

 

To purchase your plans click on this link:

http://historicweaving.com/wordpress/products-page/looms/the-six-dollar-loom-introduction-to-weaving-project

 

Your purchase helps to fund the cost of hosting these plans and helps to keep weaving accessible to the next generation of weavers.