Thursday, May 31, 2012


While I have not done much weaving lately, I have been applying for shows.  And wonder of wonders, I had three pieces accepted.  I am especially delighted with the one that came today.  My "Pixilated Forest" will be in the ITAB show at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, August 7 to October 14. 

I will also have a piece in the Convergence show "Latitude" in Long Beach, CA in July.  That one is "City Lights."

The third piece is the most recent "Myiajima Tori" which will be in "Glamour, Glitter, Glitz" the Complex Weavers show in Long Beach, CA in July and Rockville, MD in September and October.  This last venue is at VisArts Center and will coincide with the Complex Weavers Seminars in Maryland in September.

So I guess I really do need to get weaving on some new pieces for the future.  Yesterday I did manage to put a couple of hours in on the powerpoint for the Seminars.  It was so good to get back to weaving theory and stretch my brain a bit.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Hello again

It has been a long time since I have posted anything on the blog.  Lost some momentum this winter.  We acquired two new puppies who have been taking a lot of time to train. Higgins, the apricot male poodle, and Eliza, the black female poodle, are now five months old and mostly trained.
I have been spending a lot of time babysitting and reading.

But I have managed to do a little weaving, too.
This is my son Hugh in a passport picture, when he was 8.  He had very wild hair in those days.  I am experimenting further with the pixilated effect.  Trying to push it to see how large I can make the squares and still not loose the image.  The technique is again double weave, but this time it is 5 shaft satin.  It gives more color choices, but I am not sure it is worth the extra at this point.  So many of the colors tend to be very similar.  

The other piece I finished this winter/spring (we didn't actually get a winter this year in Washington) was derived from images I took on my trip to Japan in November.  
For the structure of this one I went back to the double weave twills based on 4 shafts.  I especially like the rather random colors and structures in the water.
The red in the wave pattern is to make those sections look more like the classic Japanese lacquer on bento and other wooden boxes.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Weaving Obi

At the textile center in Kyoto there were also some jacquard looms weaving obi cloth.   

In the first picture the weaver is doing a pickup brocade on a shaft loom.  The second is the jacquard.  
Here is a closer look at the fell of the cloth.
The brocade is woven upside down with the long floats on the upper side.
This is the right side of the pattern.
Upstairs there was this wonderful little model of a jacquard loom.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Back from Japan

My husband and I visited out son in Japan last month.  We did many of the usual tourist things, but along the way I took a few shots of lovely kimono that I thought I should share with you.

All except the second one were in a kimono show at a textile center in Kyoto. The second one was just walking from the train to a hotel in Kobe.  There were quite a few lovely kimono-clad ladies in the hotel.  They were on their way to fancy family parties.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Here is a picture of the piece right off the loom.  There are still ends to darn in and some mistakes to correct.  The quality of the photo is not the greatest in terms of sharpness or color, but you get the general idea.
I will have it professionally photographed later this fall, and then you will be able to see the real magic of the color blending.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Panel Two Woven

There will be three images in this piece, and now the second and center one is woven.
This is the last you will see of the red auroras.  The third one has the more common green coloration.  I have really pushed myself this week to make headway in this long piece.  I think I will take most of the weekend off and return Monday.

I appreciate all the comments I get on my weaving.  Weaving alone in the studio can be isolating.  It is nice to know that there are some "someones" out there looking at this.  And friendly critique and questions are welcome as well.

Thursday, September 22, 2011


I am almost exactly halfway now.  The colors are a little strange in this picture due to the incandescent light.  I am constantly surprised by the combinations and blends of colors in the weaving.  I did almost no simplifying in the file beforehand, so the color interactions are more complex than other things I have previously done.  Fun.
These colors are a little more realistic, but the green could still be greener.