The Dream

IMG_7288Lately I have come to the place where it becomes time to confess the dream and see where it takes me.

I have long hoped to be able to weave and teach weaving when it came time to retire from my day job. I believe that I need to move towards this dream or finally give it up. For me this is a big moment.

I have two professional looms that I purchased nearly 20 years ago when I first started weaving, I have lived with them ever since. In some locations they filled the living room, others a garage and a bed room. My housing decisions have been made more around does the loom fit rather than what does it cost to live here. All in hopes of one day being able to devote myself to weaving.

I have spent hideous amounts of money on my weaving education traveling both cross country and across the globe in pursuit of knowledge and experience. Somehow I seem not quite ready to just let my dream fall from my hands in a pile of dust.

So what does this dream look like? I would like to find a live/work space large enough for a number of looms as I would like to be able to teach 5-10 people at a time how to weave. Not just for the sake of a pleasurable hobby but to make a living wage as an artisan. I would like to design textiles for others to weave. I would also like my studio space to be big enough to be able to print on textiles.

I would like for the studio space to include the possibility of foot traffic and retail exposure. I do like to show of the work that is being done, and hopefully interest more people in learning about weaving.DSCF0003 (1)

I do need a living space with the looms, I weave in the evening and on weekends and leaving the house would mean that I would never be at home.

I have heard of artist spaces, but we do not seem to have them in Montana and Bozeman has few industrial zones that have not already been rehabbed.

If my space were large enough I would also like to operate a weekend handmade market for community artists. A place where you are welcome to come and learn as well as purchase items made by hand by community members.

Approx square foot needed:
Studio – 1600 – 2000
Living 900 -1200
Ok with warehouse space as long as living is permitted/zoned and the building is weather tight and pest resistant.
I would prefer to be on the ground floor if possible, looms are heavy and make some noise even if they are hand operated.

I am open to lease or purchase

I have the background to be successful:
A degree in Fine Arts – Studio Arts
I have managed Art Galleries
I was a successful business owner
I have a good credit history
I am a creative type with a strong work ethic and a productive worker.

Do you have the perfect property for me?
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Update to the Replacement Dish Towel Project

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After a long time, almost a year. I finally had the time to get to this project. As I did, I discovered that I had set up my loom incorrectly and was not able to weave until I fixed the installation of the friction brake, and the clutch for the cloth advance. Thank you to wonderful people on the Weaver’s Tech list.

During this process I did decide on an initial draft of the first towels. It is based on two different Jacob Angstadt designs, both are 12 shaft pointed twills blocks. I wanted to get a checkerboard effect without needing to use two shuttles. This was made possible by reversing the tie-up blocks.  Now to the real work, weaving!

The Replacement Dish Towel Project

The replacement dish towel project began when I discovered that my old towels had become stained, and a bit dingy as the result of a man being around the house. He seemed to forget they were handwoven and used them to mop stains on the floor, clean up snow mixed with granite gravel and asphalt, and of course, wiping the stove top off after cooking a spaghetti dinner. Like all men, he just wants to be forgiven, and like all women I just want my pretty dish towels back.

4 Shaft Weft Faced Rib Weave

Pattern1 - 4 shafts   A beautiful block pattern to be woven on four shafts. Notice the tabby tie up. The warp is dark and the weft is light. Image the interesting patterns you can create by  changing the weft colors.



Introducing The Ultimate Garden
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This has been a design project of mine for the past few weekends. The project began with me wanting a fairy garden for the office, something that was compact, yet flexible. Something that I can add to or take away from to suit my mood. I wanted the best of a Zen garden, a fairy garden and gnomes. It was a bit of a challenge to scale things correctly. But in the end I am pleased with how it turned out.

If there is a call for it, I can make one for you for $25 plus shipping. (It fits in a USPS box). Comes in 8″ or 9″ plastic container. Click Here to order The Ultimate Garden.

If you prefer to do the making yourself I can send you a pdf on how to make one. Cost of the pdf is $1.

Flipboard Magazine – The Creative Process

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As a weaver and artist, I highly value the creative process. This Flipboard magazine is a collection of things that I find helpful and informative to my personal creative process.

Flipboard Magazine – Weaving Lessons

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Get information on people who offer weaving instruction. Look for your favorite classes and fiber events. I am featuring classes from all over the world.

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FlipBoard Magazine – Handwovens for Sale

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I have not forgotten

I am very much still a weaver. It is hard to explain all that has been going on in my life, much of it did not pertain to weaving. But I can safely say it is time to return to my roots. I finally have sustaining employment and no longer feel the need to hustle from day to day. My weekends are becoming times in which I can once again pursue my love of craft! So, posting will begin again.

IMG_7690The image attached to this post is from a scarf I designed and my daughter wove over the holidays. The material used was a recycled chenille (dark) and a boucle for the white. Comparable yarns can be found in your local craft store. Or you can find an ugly sweater that still feels good to the touch at a second hand store, unravel it and use it as your recycled thread for this project. Be sure the sweater is still in good condition.

The pattern is a houndstooth  — #57 from “A Weavers’s Book of 8 – Shaft Patterns” by Carol Strickler  p19.  It was woven on my 20 year old 8 shaft Schacht table loom.  During the weaving I lost a cord that ties the handle to the shaft. I simply replaced it on the fly and continued weaving. My loom still weaves beautifully after all these years.

The warp for this loom was 3 yards long, because of the expected take up in the weaving process.  I used my 12 dent reed, and the sett was 12 epi.

It is hard to believe that I took up weaving in 1992. Twenty years, and still not a weaving professional. I think thats ok, I still love the art.  And with steady employment can still afford to tinker in my studio. Life is good!




Flipboard Magazine – Weaving Supplies

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FlipBoard Magazine – Inkle Weaving

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This magazine organizes information directly related to inkle weaving. Everything from weavers blogs, lessons on inkle weaving, looms, and projects. A must have for someone just starting out, or someone who is interested in having a lot of information organized just for you.

Update to the Ribbon Loom Project

Details of the design of a DIY ribbon loom that fits on a table, handles up to 100 threads and has virtually unlimited weaving length. Total cost to build loom is under $20 all parts are available from dollar store and hardware store. The loom will assist the weaver in making fine thread ribbons at home.

Designing an Inkle style ribbon loom

Building a ribbon loom – DIY project, a cross bread of Inkle loom and large loom technology and materials available from the local hardware store or garage. Goals: create a loom that does not have a maximum 11 yard limit for weaving. Reduce thread waste, increase portability and control of warp tension. Keep cost of parts under $20. No glue required.