The Historic Reticule Project began with a trip to a museum just prior to the pandemic of 2020. It was the last trip I would be able to take to a public venue for the entire year. Little did I know at the time it was the beginning of a time of intense research from my home studio. Follow a researcher’s progress from concept to cloth. The entire process occupied my loom for the better part of 6 months. I was not in a hurry as there was no place to go. I share with you my candid process videos, the draft files from profile to final draft, *.wif files that you can load into your computer processing software. Experience the designer’s process starting from a historic object and moving to a final contemporary piece of Overshot weaving.
The learning begins with photographic textile analysis, moves to drafting and sampling to verify that the theory is correct before committing to the final warp. The entire package includes 19 drafts, and 9 woven samples. During the process I took time to video my weaving critiques of the work and the learning I had along the way. This a rare insight into what goes on behind the scenes in my weaving life.
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There are now four online instruction modules available from Historic Weaving designed to ease you into the weaving world.
I use these modules when I teach in person with my mobile weaving studio. The looms I use for my instruction in my mobile studio are Ashford “Katie” table looms. While the looms are small in scale and quite portable, the methods that I present are the same ones used by professional weavers weaving on large looms. I present new tools with the methods to save time and effort and provide excellent results.
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Local weavers, I have found there are 2 spots open in the next running of Getting Warped (April 12/13) and in the Historical Horizontal Stripes (April 26/27) Adult Continuing Education classes running through Bozeman Adult Education.
What will you learn:
Getting Warped: Beginning Warp Calculations (planning the warp). Using a Vertical Warping Mill, and Front to Back Warping on a table loom using the reed. You will plan, warp a loom and weave a project in 4 hours of class time
Historic Horizontal Stripes: How they were used and where to find them using Art pieces on display in museums, and online research. Discover how they were created using standard looms, not just tablet weaving or drawlooms. Learn about the earliest weaving books and what they have to offer to weavers today. Learn new weaving techniques using loom control and pickup without pain. You will also weave horizontal stripes of your own during 4 hours of class time.
Time and Location Mon/Tue 6pm to 8 pm, at the Willson School on the second floor. (Accessible as there is an elevator if needed).
Cost of workshop is $47. Looms and materials and handouts are provided.
To Register: look on the list on the left side of the page. It’s about half way down. https://bsd7.revtrak.net/Registrations/
It is Christmas time again. I have been able to get back to the drawloom this winter and I designed and wove a new Christmas Tree using the rules for Opphamta. My original inspiration was a counted cross stitch design that I saw on Pinterest. The design as I first saw it was not suitable for weaving in Opphamta. I made the necessary modifications and discovered that it can be woven on a drawloom that has 41 blocks. This can be accomplished with either a single unit drawloom, or a 50 shaft drawloom. The pattern can be modified to be woven on looms with less than 40 blocks by eliminating the rows from the bottom of the tree.
If you are interested in purchasing the original piece that I wove on the drawloom, please contact me via email, or PM me on facebook.
2019 has been a very interesting year. I had reconstructive surgery on my ankle in February and have been under going physical therapy to improve my ability to use the ankle most of this year. I have recently completed my full time work with Oracle and now find myself able to devote more of my time and energy to my weaving and Fine Art studio practices. I have begun offering introductory hand weaving workshops through the adult education programs in Bozeman and Ennis. I expect to continue this opportunity in 2020.
I now offer individual and small group instruction at my studio as well. A fee of $55 per student will cover loom access, materials and 6 hours of instruction. Workshops run from 10 am until 4 pm with a lunch break. Maximum workshop size is 4 participants, this arrangement allows for one on one attention. Participants will be using modern table looms and professional weaving techniques. See my workshop proposal page for workshop topics and course details.
2020 is year planned for professional creative growth, both in my capacity to bring weaving workshops to the public and my private studio practice on the drawloom. I intend to be busy at my large looms a good portion of my week. I will be both designing and weaving new pieces to share with you. I hope that you will continue to join my on my journey through time as an historical weaver.
The story behind the weaving of “Mournin’ Max”, my summer research and my learning while on the road with my loom.
A collection of the “Mournin’ Max” project overshot drafts for both 4 shaft and 8 shaft looms based on the work of Mary Meigs Atwater. Draft package will be available in .wif files for weavers with weaving software, and pdf format for those that do not have weaving software.
A “Mournin’ Max” Weaving Challenge 108 card deck, and a companion Draft Solutions book. Perfect for a full day guild weave-along or workshop. Designed to introduce weavers to the concept of building a draft from looking at a textile.
Who was Max anyway, and why would someone mourn him?
Last weekend was my first Continuing Education Weaving Workshop in Ennis. I met four new weavers and we had a wonderful time learning about weaving and these beautiful looms. I can’t wait to see everyone again in my studio. It was a great experience preparing the lessons and the looms. I have found that the studio packs well into my motor home, leaving me with plenty of space to rest at the end of a whirlwind day. Our one day “Let’s Get Started Weaving” Workshop was held from 10am until 4pm.
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.
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.
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.