Welcome to the crafty side of my life. Here I'll be musing about projects I'm working on, and the creative process around them. Oh, and there will be occasional bouts of cooking, photography, and poetry, too.
Spinner, weaver, felter, beader...don't you love how seemingly simple ingredients can come together to make something surprisingly whole and inspiring? I am a textile artist, living in the desert southwest US. For the last many years, my audience has been the historical recreation community. These days I am branching out, following where my muse takes me. It is a fun journey!
Here's how the prototype baby wrap turned out, modeled by the lovely lady that was the inspiration for the project. Is that not just the most adorable baby ever??
Now that word has gotten around that I can do custom wraps, my project list has rather exploded. Given an estimated time to complete a project of two weeks, I'm booked until...lets see...some time in April currently. Time to get to weaving!! Next up on my to-do list is to figure out how to squeeze in more time in the studio, around family, day job, other projects, and my historical recreation activities.
"Just keep weaving...just keep weaving...."
This is the wrap that is currently on the loom. The client picked out 4 colors of grey fiber reactive Procion dye, and requested warp painted stripes that alternated the grey and white, set off by thin stripes of black. When you dye your own yarn however, you're never quite sure what you're
going to end up with. In the hand painting
process, the greys diluted down a bit and their undertones really came
through. Also, the dye wicked down the way unexpectedly in some places, and didn't take up in others. So we have green, blue, teal, etc versions of grey, with
sparkles of the original white left to shine through. I not sure it was what exactly she had in mind, but I love it! (I'll be writing her in just a bit here to get her opinion.) I'm crossing this
wrap with black weft, to leave the colors intact. I should have enough
yarn on the loom for a second wrap. I'm thinking of a teal weft for
that one, to pop out the unexpected gift of color. And now, back to the loom.