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#54 The Artistic Process at Mija

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Recycled (dubbed Vintage) clothing made into quilts with a "modernistic ethic," as explained on their website.

This family business of Libby and Jim Mijanovich turns out BEAUTIFUL framed quilts.
(Their website is beautiful, also.)
We suggest starting with this link to their offerings at Gallery Asheville.

Then..  clicking here will to take you to their own website, where they detail the artistic process
(We suggest clicking on only one slide at a time, rather than using the built-in slideshow function. It goes too fast to read the accompanying text easily.)

After you view The Process,  read this WSJ article titled "Finding Your Inner Artist" Their story is near the bottom of the article.

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

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#53 Rag Rug Weaver of Note - Sarah Hotchkiss

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You've gotta admit she does some GREAT rugs! (The link is at the bottom of the page.)

Here's a quote from Sarah Hochkiss' website:

"I remember Aunt Val taking me to visit a weaver, an ancient (to me anyway, I was ten) woman known for her rag rugs. I stood in her studio, awestruck. Such immense wooden looms, so many yarns and colors! Here was a place that actually created fabrics, then wove them to create yet more fabrics. How I yearned to work in such a room!"
Clicking on the various photos will enlarge them. 
This is a bigger site than it first appears. You'll find various "click here's" tucked into various pages. They are all interesting! 

Here's the link     ENJOY.

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot thumbnail, above, is a cut from her webpage.

#52 Traditional Knotted Netting

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Here's a direct quote from this weaver's website:

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There's much more to explore on her website, including how she learned the art from her husband's great grandmother of 92!

Don't miss the great little bird in the sculpture gallery. What talent!

Here's the link

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot thumbnail, above, is a cut from her webpage.

#51 Mesilla Valley Weavers -05 in the Interesting Guild series

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This guild is "Exploring and Promoting Fiber Arts in Southern New Mexico and West Texas," quoting their website.

One of the features we like in their organization structure is naming individuals as Mentors in the specialities of:
 +General Weaving Questions
+Coiled basketry with weaving fibers
+Design/color questions
+Warping back to front
+Overshot weaving
+Basic Spinning
+Tapestry Weaving
+Wedge Weaving
+Large library of weaving books

So…if members have a question in one of the areas, they can contact that person directly. S-p-r-e-a-d-s  out the leadership roles nicely !

Now… for a treat, here's the work of the the Tapestry Mentor. Beautiful!

The guild's home page is here.

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

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#50 Whidbey Weavers Guild- (#4 in the series of Interesting Guild Websites)

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We think you'll be dazzled by the w-i-d-e range of woven items the Widbey Weavers Guild turns out!

While you're on their site, also click on About Us.

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

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#49 Weavers at our Local LGBT Fest


Recently, three local weavers brought a loom to the LGBT festival in Lafayette/West Lafayette, inviting fair goers to try their hand at weaving.

Here's the finished scarf in rainbow colors!

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-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

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#48 Cloth Weaving - Via Flickr

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We typed "Cloth Weaving" into Flickr.  Here's what we found.

Note: Clicking on any picture at the site will bring up a short description (usually), source, links, keywords, etc.

Click here and be amazed.


-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

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#47 Backstrap Weaving

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Laverne Waddington recently wrote

"And this is the thing about backstrap weaving and the fact that part of the loom itself is ME - a living, breathing thing with changing moods and attitudes  which are so easily reflected in the cloth I am producing. Just the way I am seated in any one weaving session and a change in the amount of tension I am applying can have an  effect  on the way the motifs look…more rounded, more elongated. Some days I weave in half hour bursts and barely settle into it. On others I can sit for three hours at a time and get into a wonderful flowing rhythm."
To see her complete post, click here.

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

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#46 Zoom Loom Dolly

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If you already subscribe to Schacht's E-Newes, you will already have seen this. If not, here are the instructions for the dolly. It's cute!

Dolly is made from squares made on Schacht's version of the old approx 4in x 4in "pin" loom that you probably used as a kid. Schacht calls their improved version a Zoom Loom.

The instructions are on the third page of the .pdf, so be sure to scroll down to it after you click here.

If you haven't seen Schacht's video about their Zoom Loom, click here.

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot-thumbnail, above, is a cut from their website.

#45 Silk Weaving in Laos


Our son, and his wife, brought back this beautiful woven piece from Luang Prabang a few years back. Below is the text that accompanied a YouTube video -  showing the silk weaving process.  

"I was talking with Bai and the weaver in this video is actually in the act of creating the pattern for the textile she's weaving. If someone is really interested in understanding the technical aspects of the weaving process Carol Cassidy's catalog/book "Weaving Tradition: Carol Cassidy and Woven Silks of Laos" has great illustrations and photos of the loom and the complete weaving process. On pg 51 she writes, "Thin bamboo rods or, more recently, nylon threads are interlaced into a framework of vertical threads to establish the master template. Working out the designs, some of which require hundreds of rods, is a slow and painstaking process involving great skill and patience. A master weaver may compose the pattern as she goes, or she may transfer a design from an earlier texttle. The time needed to create a pattern depends on its complexity and on the skill of the weaver. A simple design may take a day to create, while a highly complex design may take months... A flat bamboo stick is used to create the shed of each line of weft pattern."

And that's exactly what you see in this video. The weaver is "picking" the design with the flat bamboo stick."

Click here to view video

More videos about Laos

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

#44 Skye Weavers

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The backstory: Dorothy follows Yahoo weaving groups, and Marg Coe, a frequent contributor, linked to this. Marg Coe is a prolific, interesting, weaver and author, but we'll do a separate post about her sometime. 

Right now, we'll stick with the site that Marg found.

OK, Here's the skinny: 
Marg found (on a blog unrelated to weaving) some folks who were on holiday in the Isle of Skye, and took pictures of a unique bike-pedal operated automatic weaving loom.

That's right, a person pedals to operate the automatic loom!

 It's all engineered from odd bits that the owner acquired. The machinery is housed in an old  croft house.
The name of the company is Skye Weavers.

We want to give you a couple different links to give the best overall view of the loom machinery.

First, the original blog that contains the folks' own carefully captioned photos. Click here.

Next… here's the link to Skye Weaver's own website. It has a Vimeo made by a German TV station. (The narration is in German, but it doesn't really matter what language the narration is.) Be sure to also click on the tabs at the top of their page.  Click here.

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

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#43 Teaching role changing?

Long post: in email preview, click "Read in Browser" at bottom of email, for complete article. 

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We've noticed that several notable weaving teachers  are saying in their blogs, that traveling is just getting much harder to do. 

But... their passion for teaching has been pretty much tied to traveling. (Tho most also publish books, monographs and some DVDs.)
But... the number of learners who now routinely use internet-able tablets has just exploded.
Is travel becoming less important for learning?

You may have noticed in our earlier posts that "web seminars" are just in their early days: Interweave now has its webinars, Weavolution has its version, also.

There is some variation in how they're offered; some you have to be at your computer at a specific time (hard for us to do), others are essentially a DVD that is streamed to you - "on-demand" for 90 days, then they disappear.

Both require reliable hi-speed internet!

What are the upsides to a learner, and the downsides?
That's a future post - after we personally get more experience. Dorothy is viewing one of Daryl Lancaster's pre-recorded online seminars now, to get a feel for the effectiveness.

In the meantime, here's a quote from Daryl on the impact of technology on her teaching.

"I’m finding more and more that there is a new kind of learning happening, since everyone owns some kind of technology, at least in a conference like this. As I teach, give references to URL’s and websites, and mention terms, and equipment, many of the students are rapidly pulling up websites, and equipment references, and terms and googling things as fast as I give the information.  It is sort of fun in a way.  By the time the class was over, one of the students had already purchased and downloaded Ann Dixon’s new Inkle Pattern Directory.  Apparently it is available as an e-b00k.  I hadn’t realized that since I own the hard cover and showed it in class.  Another had already signed up for one of my online classes.  It certainly keeps you on your toes.  Your information has to be accurate and sources have to be available.  I feel as though the ways I’ve done things as a fiber enthusiast and a teacher for the last 30-40 years are rapidly becoming obsolete and are being replaced by rapidly changing technology (emphasis, ours).  It was really great to be demonstrating how to do a technique and have a  dozen tablets and cell phones pushed towards your hands.  It used to bother me if people recorded what I was showing, but really, there is no stopping this trend, and anything that helps get people enthusiastic and weaving or sewing, or anything else that involves the hands, I’m not getting in the way."

You'll find all of Daryl's pre-recorded seminars in the right-hand sidebar of her blog.

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot-thumbnail, above, is a cut from her website.

#42 Saori™ weaving

Screenshot, below, is from Pinterest, Saori weaving Board

Woven SaoriStyle shawl  woven with my art yarn as weft and habu stainless steel/silk as warp

Certainly there is a w-i-d-e range of detail
that can be created in drawing and painting… from lots of tiny details to almost no fine detail.

 Likewise there is a range of detail within weaving, from intricate patterning and precise edges all the way to the current interest in Saori™ weaving, which has aims for broad detail, and is valued for its "self-innovation," as the philosophy is described.

Popularized by a Japanese woman, Misao Jo, the philosophy is often called "Freestyle Weaving." 

One website is quoted as saying; "Saori is an art form in which we express our true selves in weaving. There are no mistakes, no patterns to follow. Weavers just weave what they want to with complete freedom and creativity."

The global organization has a directory of registered studios, including 13 in the US. 
While Saori™ emphasizes freedom from drafts, over mastery of traditional technique,  remember, all standard looms, warp thread, and accessories, are more than capable of allowing a weaver to create whatever he/she wants with - or without - a draft.

Here's a link to one Saori™ website.
The manufacturer, Sakaiseikisangyo Co. Ltd, offers 5 specialized loom models, accessories, ready-made warp, weaving threads and books.

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

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#41 Scottish "Leno Gauze" (Madras) Manufacturer, MYB

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A short quote from the Scottish firm, MYB Textiles, -History page:
"The company Morton Young and Borland Ltd was founded in 1900 in Ayrshire, Scotland, exclusively manufacturing Scottish Leno Gauze weave, later known as Scottish Madras. Soon after, in 1913, the company invested in Nottingham Lace Looms to offer a larger variety of products to its clients and to bring Lace making to Scotland. The Irvine Valley offered the perfect damp climate for the Nottingham Lace machinery and its product. Morton Young and Borland has developed the name MYB Textiles over the past 20 years to add a contemporary edge to their proud heritage."

Such massive machinery weaving such delicate lace.

We think you'll enjoy browsing their website, particularly knowing that they have advanced with technology and many of their lace looms now operate with CAD software. 

Near the bottom of page, they have an excellent collection of manufacturing pictures, each of which can be enlarged for detail.
Be sure to also wander thru the tabs at the top of the page! Beautiful products.

Click here

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

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#40 Central Ohio Weavers Guild

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The Central Ohio Weavers Guild held a sheep-to-shawl demonstration at the recent Ohio State Fair, July 26. Click here to view the short video. After the video is finished, return to this page to see the guild's interesting programs and workshops for 2013-2014. 

Note that that when you're looking at the schedule, there are links within the text, which give bios of the presenters. Click here.

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

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#39 Tapestry-Ancient and Modern: Tina Kane

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Here's a short quote from the author, Tina Kane:

"In 1968, as a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, in Comparative Literature, I had never heard of textile conservation. At the time, I was renting a room in the Berkeley hills. The owners of the house had a beautiful collection of Navajo (or Diné) blankets, which caught my interest. By coincidence, that same year I was with friends in Santa Fe, New Mexico, who introduced me to a young Diné man, a student at St. Johns University. At some point I asked him where I could find out more about how Navajo rugs were made, and he generously offered to show me. His mother was a well-known weaver and he had worked with her. I had no idea how fortunate I was. The Diné were not eager to share the secrets of their crafts at that time, especially weaving, which is a sacred art. Their mythology has it that Spider Man taught them to make their looms from sunshine, lightning and rain. The day I learned to weave in the Diné way I was introduced to a new world, and my life changed."

Click here for this complete article from The American Tapestry Alliance. 

And… be sure to also go to their homepage.  Fascinating group of artists!
You can also get to their homepage from here. 

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

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#38 Fiber Burn-Test Photos

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Many fiber burn-test instructions  to identify unknown finbers, by burning... do so in words alone…

This one adds pictures!

And, while you're there, check out the other techniques and tutorials in the right sidebar. And don't miss "About Us" at the top of the page.

Click here 

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot-thumbnail, above, is a cut from her blog.

© Dorothy & Ron Baker 2013