The inspiration for these towels came from an item in Jane Stafford’s studio, using similar colors. From there, I decided to work on gradation, using Fibonacci sequences and division of space.
The warp was made up of Boucle cotton and 5/2 cotton, which I wound together so that most of the time the boucle threads weren’t adjacent. I also tried to use gradation in changing colors.
As I wove, I changed the weft colors as I went. I had a basic plan, but I let the colors be my muse. There were a few surprises along the way, for example, I had never considered using white in the weft, but it worked well. Also, at the end of the warp, I decided to just use straight orange rather than putting in stripes. It turned out that there was enough to make a towel, though it was slightly shorter than the others and I really liked it.
Jeanne, Eileen and Betsy are our next three entrants to be showcased here. Jeanne entered two scarves. One was made starting with a painted warp. The second used Theo Moorman techniques she learned in a workshop this spring.
Jeanne's Painted Warp Scarf
Jeanne's Theo Moorman Scarf
Eileen had an indigo-ikat dyed warp that she used for her Nevada County Inspiration entry. She also entered another shawl, a scarf and yardage this year.
Eileen's Nevada County Inspiration Shawl
Betsy entered two rugs a towel and an interesting wall hanging using wheat as weft material. The wall hanging was also inspired by the Theo Moorman technique.
Betsy's Wheat Wall Hanging
There are few more people we will show off in the next post.
The second week in August is a busy time here in Nevada County. The local fiber guild is responsible for setting up and managing the woven, spun, felted and handspun made entries. Members of Not 2 Square did their part and entered their fiber exhibits. Wendy-Marie entered two scarves and a shawl.
The top scarf was woven and then enhanced with fabric paint and a stencil to create the leaf pattern.
Wendy-Marie's shawl was designed using a musical score and assigning colors and widths of stripes based on the music.
Sue V entered a number of items. There were two sets of napkins (top pictures) and two towels (bottom pictures).
Her Nevada County Inspiration piece was designed with local river salmon in mind.
Sue also wove a scarf using the "snake skin" pattern featured in Handwoven magazine.
This is just the beginning of the entries. More to come in later posts.
Every weaver needs a loom of some sort. Many of the Not 2 Square Weavers started out on rigid heddle looms and have progressed on to four and eight shaft looms. In fact, almost everyone in our group now has an eight shaft loom and loves the freedom to weave many of the more complicated structures that eight makes possible.
We thought that it might be fun for our readers to see our looms, and what we weave on them.
We start the series with a relatively new weaver, Diane C. Although Diane also likes back strap weaving and has taken classes with Laverne Waddington, she also sports an 8 shaft Mighty Wolf. As she began weaving on the loom, she documented her projects by taking a photo of her project while still on the loom. As you can see, lots of variety here. Is it possible that starting out with an 8 shaft loom lets you progress as a weaver more quickly?
Marcy E. started out with a four shaft loom. I believe it was a Gilmore and she happily wove on it for several years. (see the photo below).
When Marcy learned about an 8 shaft Gilmore that was a real deal, she snapped it up right away and sold her old loom. Marcy has mastered the art of tying new warps on to old ones and loves to do a series of projects with color changes in the warp. See the evolution of colors displayed on her new 8 shaft loom below.
This new loom has a wonderful light and a raddle on the castle. Marcy hangs bits a pieces of weft yarns from the loops since she always warps front to back and doesn't use the raddle.