Working with others is not common in our weaving world, usually a loom only wants one weaver. Producing a quality textile requires many skills though, the spinning of the yarn, the sewing of the garment, the dyeing of the yarn, you get the picture. I feel lucky if I can master one part of the process. I choose to weave. My friend, Nancy Roberts has chosen to dye.
Nancy lives just down the street but it took a guild meeting 15 miles away before we really connected. Nancy has done some weaving, knitting, spinning, but her real love is Machine Knitting and Dyeing, thus her web site www.machineknittingtodyefor.com
We have worked on a number of projects together. This one took a year in 2009 and a third collaborator, Loretta Warner ( www. lorettawarner.com ) .
We have since worked on a number of different projects, some good, some not so successful. The current project is based on a warp I did a number of years ago. With 4 cones I was able to go from black to a sort of periwinkle in the center. It took many changes of cones throughout the warping, lots of counting.
With Nancy’s expert dyeing of a very narrow knitted blank, I was able to wind this warp directly onto the beam, no switching out of cones of yarn, endless counting etc. It isn’t woven yet but just looking at the warp on the beam makes me happy.