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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.
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.
I look forward to seeing you and having you weave with me.
As a research project – decided that I would like to look at one of our core books for learning about weaving and see if I could add information to bring the text into the digital age. Work completed so far, includes finding digital copies of the images in color, and creating .wif files of some of the draft collections in the book.
In the early editions there is a bibliography that will also prove interesting to research to see who her influencers were.
I have decided to publish my research as I go so that I can share with others and get feedback.
For copyright folks – I believe that my work not a violation of copyright as I am acknowledging my source of reference, and it is in the public domain at this point in time. My intention is that of historic research, to help fill the gaps between when the book was written and today, hoping to keep the information accessible to future generations.
None of the drafts are copyrighted, as they are what Mary would have called them “recipes”. What is copyrighted are the hand drawings and the words in the book. The knowledge a weaver will have to apply to using the drafts is; do they fit my idea for a project and the capability of my loom? I have simply bundled them into groups to match the layout in the book for ease of reference
Fees collected for downloads fund research and hosting of these files.
I have just gotten my fabric off of the loom and already have requests for the draft.
I have set it up for download from my shop page, the cost is $1.
Please click on the link below to download your copy.
Still working with the 6 block sample idea. I have an existing sample of a special treadling that I used with the diversified format. In my last sample shown here, I am still not satisfied with the look of the whites treads. I have worked through the draft again and now am ready to wind another sample warp to test out my theory on the loom. Stay tuned for further updates through the weekend.
I have spent my morning working on the historicweaving.com website and I believe that I have the resources page looking and working much better than before. It was a bit of work, but I feel ready to move forward now.
Afternoon update: Any good warp even a sample, requires planning and mine is no exception.
I decided to get a bit more formal in the arrangement of the blocks so that it looks more finished when I am done weaving. Now to wind the warp and get started.
I hand knotted the fringes and beaded it. I believe that I gifted this it was not sold. If you have it please send me a photo of you with it.
Here is the image of the draft I used. I was using WeavePoint at the time, and I can now no longer open the draft file.
My current weaving software is WeaveMaker. I am using a MAC system.
The background is filled with leaves.
The design is a marriage of motifs, large leaves and the darker outer border of leaves.
This piece took more than 10 hours to weave and I was very pleased with the design as it was forming on the loom. It looks like a fine lace from a distance.
It was woven on a drawloom, threaded with 30/2 cotton with a sett of 48 ends per inch.
There are only four of these images available for sale in the shop: Click here to purchase yours:http://historicweaving.com/wordpress/products-page/handwoven-art/irish-shamrock/
I have a passion for weaving, and the history that surrounds the art form. Yes, I did call it art, because for me that is what I am making, Fine Art.
This website is designed primarily to share information that I have gathered about weaving in my weaving career. It is intended to be a compendium of information about equipment, design, structures, projects as well as lessons I have learned along the way.
My passion involves studying weaving as it was done between 1600 – 1865 in both Europe and the United States. I will admit I am not a purist, everything that I produce is not an attempt to produce a museum quality reproduction of a fabric that I studied. I like to work like most modern musicians, study the classics, and then develop my own design using materials available to me.
The loom you see here is Queen Esmeralda, she sits in my living room, and I began weaving pictures on her in 2016. She is the size of a 150 Ford pickup truck, and may be the most complex loom that you will find in the state of Montana. As you look her over you will discover there are no computers or power cords. She is a hand loom in the truest sense of the word.
How I hope you will use this site:
In the Design tab I will discuss how I design my weaving projects.
In the History tab will be information and links to stories about looms, weaver and their histories.
The Looms tab, you will find information about looms both new and old.
Open the Techniques tab, and you will see how a design evolves and what processes are used to move it forward.
The Resources tab contains a searchable database with links to textbooks, articles and projects that you can use. What make this database special is that it will show you where to acquire the materials, either through purchase or a local library. This is where most of my research will be made available for others to use. You can use words to describe the structure, the loom or the weaver and search for materials that contain that reference.
From the Weaving Ideas tab you will learn where do weave get their ideas? How do they change from first glimpse to final project?
Weaving Instruction tab is where to find the teachers and classes that will help you to be a better weaver.
In the Drafts tab, is a visual library of weaving drafts arranged by number of shafts needed to weave them.
The About Me tab is where you will find my artist statement and contact information.
Disclaimers (the fine print):
When I discuss equipment, and how it can be used I am not attempting to be the ultimate historical resource, there are many in the academic community that are better at this pursuit than I am. My intent to give the viewer an idea of the type of equipment and its basic construction. I may make use of images in the public domain in an effort to place images in a context that the viewer can relate to.
Regarding copyright, it is not my intent to reproduce any printed or digital copyrighted material other than to explain to a viewer how best to acquire these materials. I will use links where possible to digital works to give credit to their proper
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