|Cascade weaving, 2014.|
|My first and only preliminary sketch of a woven wall hanging. Topaz, 4' woven wall hanging, 2014.|
Many fiber artists use a cartoon when weaving. A cartoon is a full scale visual guide for the weaver. I recently used a cartoon for the first time when making Pacific Peak (top, middle). The weaving was based on one of my paintings of Mt. Hood.
|yarn scraps and Pacific Peak on the loom|
I like to keep the weaving process very fluid and intuitive, but this has its challenges. Halfway through the project, I have to put the weaving aside until I have a clear idea of how to finish the work.
My focus in weaving has been wall hangings, but, for the last few months, I have been exploring functional weaving projects. For Christmas, I made some herringbone potholders out of recycled cotton yarn and backed them with reclaimed denim. More recently, I cut up woven sample pieces and made sachets filled with lavender harvested from our garden.
A lofty goal of mine is to make handwoven wearables for my wardrobe. But it has been awhile since I have sewn clothes for myself, and I didn't want to jump right into a big project, like a sweater. So I started with accessories- a square scarf and woven leather bracelets.
|weaving with wire and leather|
In December, I started working on my first paper weaving using handcolored paper. I cut tiny strips of paper and then wove the strips together by hand. It was a slow and tedious process, but I am so pleased with how the two works turned out. The paper weavings are now framed and available for purchase here.
Round weavings are my latest creative venture! Like most of my wall hangings, these designs evolve during the weaving process. They kinda look like sea anemones, don't you think?
It's been fun experimenting with new designs and materials these past few months, and I have so many more ideas I want to explore. I look forward to sharing these projects with you. And as a huge thank you for being a loyal reader, here's a 20% off discount code that is good thru Friday, Feb. 27th: INSPIRE. To shop my original weavings and paintings, go here. For art prints and small art, check out my Etsy shop.