Thursday, March 31, 2011

Doubleweave Overshot Jacket...Finished!

Finished the final details on my jacket yesterday, and am very happy with the way it turned out. 
I've entered it in a garment challenge cosponsored by Handwoven magazine and Vav magasinet.  Handwoven will select ten garments for a runway fashion show at Vav (Sweden's version of Convergence) in Boras, Sweden, in 2011.  Keeping my fingers crossed!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Haute Handbags Magazine, "Crackle"

The latest issue, Spring 2011, of Haute Handbags magazine is scheduled to hit the newsstands April 1st, and I'm thrilled to have an article about my handwoven shoulder bags in it!  I met Beth Livesay, managing editor, last October at Artistic License Fair where I was a vendor.  She invited me to submit the handbags for consideration and, after acceptance by the editorial committee, I wrote two articles.  
Photo by Stampington & Company
The first article is about my introduction to weaving and  the use of color in designing the handbags.  
Photo by Stampington & Company
  Because Haute Handbags had never featured a handwoven handbag, Beth asked me to write a second article explaining the weaving process.  To illustrate the article, I took photos as I began another project, and am pleased that they are included with my article.  

My hope is that readers of Haute Handbags will be inspired to seek out a weaving teacher and add to the growing number of weavers in the world! 

For more information about this issue of Haute Handbags, visit: 

It's a gorgeous, colorful issue!


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Doubleweave Overshot Jacket

I've been working on my jacket since Thursday, taking my time, trying to make sure I get it right.  That means making sure the horizontal and vertical grain lines are absolutely straight, the pattern matches at the seams, and carefully following the adage, "Measure twice, cut once."  Actually, I think I measured five or six times before I worked up the nerve to cut!

This shot shows the front and the reverse side of the fabric.

I'm using a Vogue pattern by Marcy Tilton; designed to use felted wool.  I made a test garment to see if I might like a longer version, but opted to keep it short.

I like the way the collar drapes in this photo; that's what I'm after!
Because the jacket is unlined, the seams need to be finished, so I'm using a "couture" finish, binding the seam allowance edges with the same synthetic suede I'll use for the outer edges.
So far, so good!  Now for the sleeves which I hope to finish today.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

8/2 Cotton & Rayon Scarf, Undulating Twill

Inexpensive and available in a wide range of colors, 8/2 cotton tempts me to try and find a way it can be used to weave cloth for garments.  The trick seems to be avoiding the dish cloth look!  I want something soft and fluid so am experimenting with combining a cotton warp with rayon weft.  Here is the sample I started yesterday:

The warp colors are arranged to mimic a hand dyed warp (I hope!), and I sampled with a variety of weft colors and textures.

Here are a couple shots of the finished scarf.
 I know this one is blurry, but I like the way it shows the undulating twill structure.
And I can't resist posting this last shot of my sweet buddy, Pica.  She's resting after spending the day with her vet to have a growth removed on her leg.  She also got a bath and a major brush out, so is looking particularly soft and fluffy!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Bertha G.Hayes and Doubleweave Overshot

Jennifer Moore, author of  "The Weaver's Studio: Doubleweave," gave a presentation at our guild last month which inspired me to revisit doubleweave.  One chapter, in particular, caught my attention; doubleweave overshot...  no doubt because my weave structures study group has spent the past couple of months exploring overshot.  And, because the technique meshed perfectly with an idea I had for a double-sided fabric that could be used for a jacket showing both sides.

I had seen an overshot pattern in this book of Bertha G. Hayes' Patterns from the 1940's that I liked.

The original pattern was a small, tight design I liked the circular motifs a lot, so expanded the draft to enlarge the circles.  
 Here's what it looks like on the loom.

This is the top layer, woven with a mix of copper and two reds.  The bottom layer is two shades of copper and one red.  I've woven over four yards (actually over eight considering there are two layers), with about one yard to go.  Whew!  I can't wait to get it off the loom and see how it looks.
This is the cover of Jennifer's Book.  Aren't the colors great?              

Friday, March 11, 2011

Reconstructed Jacket

My reconstructed jacket is finished, and it's been cool enough recently that I could actually wear it!  I like the way it looks and the way it fits, plus I have enough left over pieces of fabric to make another garment.  Thinking of doing a shorter, pullover top.  Love those purples and oranges!

 Just noticed the garden hose in the background of these two shots.  Now how classy is that?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Reconstructed Clothing Workshop

In January I taught a reconstructed clothing workshop for a group of very talented ladies from the weaving guild I belong to.  Everyone made their own version of a tunic I designed, and the results are definitely worth sharing.

 They started out with a wonderful mix of color, texture, and pattern, and then began to arrange and rearrange, determining the central piece, and then developing their ideas for the side panels.


Laurie, Queen of Purple
Helen, working on a mix of soft, creamy greens.

  Pat, working with her favorite palette of orange and violet.

Karen started with an Impressionist-style printed tee shirt, 
letting the colors and textures guide her selection of the other pieces.

    Robal focused on a wonderful mix of Fall colors for her tunic.

           Connie's work-in-progress.  Great mix of steely gray, navy, and black, with a hint of red.

 Susan, working on a mix of Spring and Summer greens.

Pam chose a sequined top for the central focus of her tunic, 
highlighting the teals and purples with the other fabrics she used.

Pat, nearing completion.  Next, the sleeves!

And here is a picture I took in February at our Clothing, Etc. meeting of a few finished projects.  I didn't get pictures of Phyllis and Debbie at the workshop, so I'm glad to have them here!  

Good job, all!  And I'll catch the rest of you later.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Handwoven magazine March/April 2011

So exciting today!  My pillows are part of the preview that Handwoven magazine posted of the March/April issue!  Am anxiously awaiting the issue's arrival in my mail box!
Photo by Handwoven magazine

To see a glimpse of a gorgeous scarf designed by Daryl Lancaster and beautiful, colorful towels by Robin Spady, follow this link: