I have belonged to the Complex Weavers Bateman Study group since its inception some 7 (?) years ago. Before that I had explored Bateman’s Multiple Tabby on my own, but that is ancient history. The group was only supposed to be in existence for 5 years but there were many who wanted to continue as well as a number who wanted to join, so a new group was started two years ago. I continued, thinking I will never understand Bateman, maybe one more try will do it. I am sure the years looking over the Virginia Harvey manuscripts were a big help but even better was working with Linda Davis. Her new book, Bateman Weaves, the Missing Monograph is what I now use instead of the monographs for reference. I love Linda’s book because it encourages exploration and creativity.
Our samples are due in October for this years crop of Boulevard weaves. In an never ending quest for elegant and subtle, I chose 20/2 cotton and a 60/2 variegated silk for the warp, and an analogous color for the weft also in 20/2 cotton. This will hopefully be a blouse by the time we meet in Reno at Convergence You can’t see the silk at all, but it did look good on the loom while I was weaving it.
Not the best picture, I agree. It really isn’t that blue.
The impulse item–purchased some years ago from Yarn Barn. I had a problem:
In case you can’t quite tell, the texsolv cord completely frayed, causing the shaft to sink almost to the floor, causing long floats on the back on one side. But I had
my impulse buy! So glad I had it!
But I didn’t mention what I should have talked about, that I only got a yard of the blue silk and then decided to use that for the binding as well as the one side of the front and cut the binding and found that I could not work with that narrow a piece and went back to the store and they were all out but the proprietor liked it too and had made a shirt out of it and had some scraps left and brought them back to the store and gave them to me whereupon I could finish the binding. hahhahahaha and I never once despaired.
I have talked about learning to sew for several years and I kept putting it off. It would be an investment in time, money, and I would have to find yet another space for another craft. Our CA bungalow only stretches so far! I had some very good excuses.
My friend Bettes came through Berkeley not too long ago and stopped for a day to visit, a total delight. She wanted to make a pilgrimage to the local fabric store and I went with her. I dunno, I was there, I wanted to do it, I finally signed up for classes.
After starting the first project, thinking that this vest was going to cost in the neighborhood of way too much, I began to have second thoughts. I am too old to learn a new craft. It takes a good ten years to become proficient, blah blah, blah.
Then I came across this article in the New York Times Magazine. Scroll down and you see a picture of an elderly woman intent on a canvas. Hmmmm, she started selling her paintings at the age of 89. But I read too fast and thought she started painting at the age of 89. No matter. She started something. If she could start at 89, well, surely I can start at 70. It was inspiring.
First vest is almost done. I even think it will fit.
Really? some people don’t like the internet? or at least the technology that it entails. Ah, but what a joy this last month. I have heard from several people since I wrote about these potholders, including the lovely Gretchen Mueller whose potholder was the impetus for this whole project.
There was a lot of thinking through to be done. What yarn? Erica did not say anything about size when I posted to her. I thought 5/2 was used and believed I had some, but no, on inspection, it was 10/2. But I did have a stash of varying amounts of 8/2. Maybe a double strand would work. In fact Gretchen used a 8/4 carpet warp. Sett, go with experience, so I adapted the numbers Erica gave me. Now how to get it on the beam. No way was I going to put the draft from Photoshop into a weave draft. I printed out the PS design and marked it in 7 card sequences for each inch for beaming with my warping wheel, back to front. If you think I came to this as quickly as I wrote it… how I wish!
See previous post for what it looks like today, still a lot of progress to me made before I start thinking about all the problems I should have already solved!
Only one loom, I don’t know how other people keep track of more than one! I had a treadle loom once upon a time, but when I started weaving with the electronic lift I found I could not go back and forth from loom to loom, kept losing that kinesthetic memory.
What will it be? Good question. I hope those potholders I mentioned earlier. Been a slog to get this on the loom. A new respect for Gretchen Muller and Erica Pfister!
Happy New Year from ever sunny California, may your looms sing/zing/ all year.