Krokbragd

Let me first say that I have no idea how to pronounce that.  The warp for this project was originally intended for another project that fell by the wayside.  It sat on the loom, neglected for months, until I finally rethreaded for a 3 shaft krokbragd wall hanging.  

Weaving this is a slow, meditative process.  I have no pattern, but decide from row to row which colors I will use to create the patterns.  I’m using Knitpicks Palette for the weft, most of which I had on hand.  I’m glad the original project didn’t work out, for I love weaving this.

Monks belt

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These handwoven curtains were inspired by a pattern in the Treasure Chest of Swedish Handweaving.  I modified it a bit to suit the 8/2 cotton I had on hand and to better fit the size of my kitchen windows, disguising a less-than-beautiful view of the hot water heater and back porch.

More textile travel

A few weeks ago, I had the great pleasure of traveling to Kingsport, TN and taking a class with this wonderful person

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Walter Turpening, a superlative craftsman, taught a group of us how to weave benches.

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Bench in progress…

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Bench nearly finished…

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and bench at home at my loom.

Class took place at the lovely Exchange Place in Kingsport.   The site was also home to an exhibit of weavings made by the Overmountain Weaving Guild, samples of drafts discovered on the historic property.

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Six of us took the class, and everyone left with a magnificent bench.  My classmates were a kind and interesting group of weavers and woodworkers, and Walt’s wife Ellen took great care of us all.  A wonderful weekend!  My bench will provide many hours of comfort at the loom.

Yardage

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Finally, here is about six yards of fabric off the loom!  I used the same warp, same twill pattern, and three different weft fabrics to create fabric for a jacket, a skirt, and a bag.  Now to make time for sewing!

 

Textile Travels

I traveled to Seattle to visit my brother, a musician and free spirit who is also the best tour guide ever.  Knowing my love of all things fiber, he took us to the Suquamish Museum, home to an inspiring exhibit of Coast Salish weaving,

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as well as the biggest spindle ever.

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We visited the Seattle Asian Art Museum for a splendid exhibit of indigo textiles.

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Our visit was not only fabric, however.  There was food,

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long hikes with magnificent views,

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dugout canoes on the beach,

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not to mention the woodland walks, the water, the book and record stores, the weaving and yarn shops…. Pacific Northwest and Jason, I love you.