The New Work blog will showcase my newest projects – even before they are complete. When I make a custom order I always put on enough warp to make additional rugs or blankets. Now, as well as purchasing completed items through our Products page, you can order a textile from a current run that is on the loom. Periodically, I will post pictures and sketches of work in progress. It is fun to convey the excitement I feel as I weave each new design.
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The studio is bustling with plans for upcoming exhibits, workshops and shows. Our textiles will be featured at Seasons on St Croix in Hudson, WI. The opening of “Warm, Cozy & Gorgeous” is this Friday Feb 6th, 5-9pm. Chad Fouquette (furniture maker) and Lauri Wilson (glass artist) will also be exhibiting. The show will remain up through March 1, 2015.
The big loom is being threaded up for a beautiful contemporary piece in rich greens, reds and golds, traditional Norwegian colors with a modern flair. The rug is 8′ x 10′, extra pieces available in this size or smaller.
We’re working on a new Snowflake design in a throw with red, beige, green, and blue. Here’s a sneak peek on the loom.
The 6′ loom has a nice rug on it in rich greens, browns and orange-y reds, it is 26″ wide and we can make it any length that might work for you.
Let me know if you see anything you are interested in. We’ll be open this Thursday evening Feb, 5 from 5-9pm! And as always M-F 9-4.
Welcome back to the blog! A lot has been happening this summer both in the studio and on my trip to Sweden. I saw lots of great textiles, visited Växbo Lin, a linen weaving company making beautiful fabrics for linens and clothing. Ilso visited the Studija Naturals, a production weaving company in Latvia using mostly linen. They make linens, scarves, and fabulous clothing, all on traditional hand looms.
I saw two great exhibits, more than that, but two especially wonderful textile exhibits. One was called Re Rag Rug, where two women using recycled materials came up with 12 techniques other than loom weaving to create rugs. They crocheted, knit, stitched like quilts, braided, folded, sewed and dyed the materials. It is a fascinating exhibit extending the traditional rag rug idea to reuse materials for functional use.
The other exhibit was called Next Level Craft. Younger artists were asked to create an exhibit using traditional craft techniques; there were figures dressed in their finery, flowers, and animals. It was almost parade-like. It included an original music score, a video, and a continuous light show. Some flowers and other characters had fluorescent yarn accents. Birds were made of wire, roots were braided into eyeglasses, and an embroidered felted gown included a felted crown and crochet cape train. Some characters were all black; others were very colorful. There were beavers in blown glass with wooden tails, a little girl with felted rings on every finger, and a backpack and bikers cap made from naver bark. The whole exhibit was so festive and inspiring! Check out the pictures below.
The main reason I went to Sweden this summer was to participate in the Väv weaving conference in Umeå, in the northern part of Sweden. I studied weaving in Sweden in 1986 and was fortunate to see 8 of 11 of my classmates on this trip. The conference had a Sami theme, complete with a tent, fire, and reindeer skins; most exhibits were of traditional weaving. There was one contemporary weaver who made geometric double weave hangings with metal circles placed between the fabric layers to form a pattern. The logo for the conference was very bright–orange, red, lime green, black and blue–and many exhibits featured weavings inspired by the logo. I had a small booth at the conference and sold my books and few kits for table runners, and dish towels.
RE RAG RUG
Folded and sewn wool fabric
Braided with wool fabric
strips of knit fabric folded into squares and sewn together
crocheted with fabric strips
Re Rag Rug, sewn with sweater fabrics
NEXT LEVEL CRAFT Exhibit
1986 weaving class reunion
VÄV CONFERENCE, Umeå Sweden Sept 2014
Väv traditional weavings
This spring we wove and installed a 13′ x 20′ rug for the McKnight foundation. It was woven in two pieces,
6 1/2′ x 20′ each and sewn together. Neva Conway wove the rugs and did a fabulous job check it out in our studio and it’s new home.
Cindy Banchy sent us a picture of the Beyond wall hanging above her new staircase. She has a matching bench in the entry too.
Another happy home owner from St Paul sent us a picture of their new rug!
We have a new rug on the loom called Mayan. It is a prototype for a new fabric for bags, pillows, and upholstery.
A lot of new work is visible on the studio looms now. Stop by at Art Attack open studio tour November 6-9th to see it all.
I am very excited to be working with the McKnight Foundation again. In 2003 they commissioned me to design and weave 3 rugs for their new location in the Mill City Museum building. They are in the process of restructuring a new area and we just confirmed the design for a 13′ x 20′ rug. I love the neutral greys and beige tones with accents of purple, rust, lime and dark brown from the upholstery fabric. Can’t wait to see this one! Going on the loom in June, there will be extras in half width, 7-8′, sizes.
We have another big rug going onto the 12′ loom as soon as we get the yarn in next week. It is a fun, lively, blue, green, red, lime, yellow, accent of black, 10′ x 10′ rug in the Pinwheel pattern.
The Limestone pattern, shown below, is for a bedspread. There will be extra blankets available in a 56 x 82″ size or you may specify a particular size and we will weave it to your specifications while it is on the loom.
Next on the small loom is a nice contemporary piece in grey tones, grey blues, greens, dusty red and rust with black. It is 30″ wide and we can make it any length.
My husband and I have been having fun collaborating on a few benches. Here is a picture of one we just finished, it is 34 x 14 x 20″, they run $795. The legs are made of steel tubing, you can select a fabric from our up coming jobs if you like.
The Urban fabric shown in the sketch above will be used on the next bench. We also have one with a beautiful grey and neutral block design, ready to go into another bench, see image below for design and colors.
A big THANK YOU to the Handweavers of the Valley for a great workshop in Exeter, CA! An enthusiastic bunch, lots of fun and lots of REP was had by all. Thanks to my gracious host Nancy and Uwe Reimer for putting me up in their guest house on the Kaweah river at the base of the Sequoia National Forest. Yes, I was in heaven looking up at those 250′ trees, and Uwe is a fabulous chef, nourishment for body and soul !!!!
This is called Pinwheel-Depriest, it is 5’6″ wide and we can make it any length. It is a darker piece with a gorgeous blend of rich colors. Let us know if you are interested in getting in on this beauty!
Before the Ohio workshop I posted a video to help the students prepare their warps. I also posted it on my Teaching web page (under the About section). Warping Tips for Rep Weave didn’t need to be private, and it includes relevant tips for all weavers.
It’s always fun to take a piece off the big loom, the 8′ x 10′ Pinwheel-Ely came down this week. It is available in an 8 x 10, 8 x 6, and 8 x 30″ runner. And the Limestone blanket is also off the loom, washed and on the shelf. It turned out as pretty as I invisioned!
This shows the purple part of the Limestone blanket and a sample of the new Waterdance rug that came off the loom earlier this month.
Beginning bobbin lace class starts soon, 4 Saturdays starting Feb 22, 2014, from 2:00pm to 3:30pm. We meet in my studio, Northrup King building .
Thanks to everyone at the Central Ohio Weavers Guild for two great workshops last weekend!
The Limestone throw is coming out so pretty with soft blues, greens, and purples, burgundy, can’t wait to see it off the loom and washed!
We should have it in the shop next week!
The Pinwheel rug is almost done, 8′ x 10′, more to weave on this warp if you are interested in a runner, 8′ x 30″ or other size, let us know!