This is what freshly woven cloth looks like, straight off the loom, loose threads and separator threads and all. Love this stage. Get to wrap it around and around the mannequin. But it will get trimmed and hemmed and washed and dried to create 4 new tea towels for the ongoing exhibition I have with Kathy Hooper at the Saint John Arts Centre here in Saint John, NB. Up until March 2021.
Getting ready for the exhibition A Home: Made with Kathy Hooper. At the Saint John Arts Center in Saint John, New Brunswick Canada. From November 6 to December 17th. Will feature some of my handwoven tea towels, inspired by weavers from many cultures. A little sneak peak….
A commission for a client. I usually weave up one according to their specs, and then another one or two to give them some options that maybe they haven’t thought about. Here’s an example….First one a houndstooth pattern, on loom and then fresh off loom showing off. And second, a traditional log cabin pattern, still being woven.
The colours and patterns of the Andes inspire me a lot. This cotton scarf is off to the new Craft NB Shop in Fredericton NB. Pop up shop open from October 31 to the end of December, at 408 QueenStreet.
Walking along the Kennebecasis River yesterday, this leaf caught my eye. Perhaps because those colours emulate the warp on my loom. My thought? Nature is the original artist, par excellence.
The baby blanket is done. Beautiful long stapled pima cotton. The baby will certainly be able to “grow into” this blanket, and keep it til well past his toddler years. Before giving it to him, though, I had to play just a bit. Realize it would make a beautiful wrap or shawl, with different dimensions. Very versatile.
Tis tulip season here in Saint John New Brunswick, and this week we have been treated to an unabashed display of colour and beauty in the city parks and streets. And that has wended its way into my weaving this week, along with the summery colours of the scarves I started and finished last week. Next up? Some cotton scarves in the same colourway.
I discovered this wonderful yarn called “llama silk”: 40 % wool, 30% llama, and 30% silk (noil, the nubby kind). Together, the yarn is soft and when woven, has a lovely drape to it. Today, I wound another warp, tied it onto an existing one on the loom, and wove it up. Tomorrow, I’ll do the trimming and washing to see how the threads snuggle into place as they want to (they do that, you know:-).