Archive for November 10th, 2009

Two Years

On 10 November 2007 I wound a warp for the very first time. The next day I finished dressing the loom and wove my first picks. I had a copy of the Handweaver’s Pattern Directory by Anne Dixon, access to the internet and all its wonderful resources and a secondhand 4 shaft Robinson table loom. Some never before seen photos of that first sampler:

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Two years on I have a growing library of weaving books, a developing stash and 3 looms – the Robinson, an 8 shaft Ashford table loom, and a 24 shaft Noble floor loom. I’ve been fortunate to go to weaving classes with Liz Calnan at the NSW Handweavers and Spinner Guild.
Here’s a look back at my life as a weaver (click on any of the photos to go to one of the original blog posts about it).

(Edited to add: pretend the rest of the text is at the bottom, after the photos. WordPress seems to want to squash it all at the side in a totally unreadable format.)

I don’t know if that (below!) seems a lot or a little for two years of obsession. I suppose I am occasionally forced to give some grudging minutes to family, home, work, washing my hair etc.

So what’s next? In progress I have a warp tied on but not beamed for more huck lace (seen yesterday) and some silk chenille experiments on the Ashford loom. Weaving class at the guild should start up again next year, plus I’m booked into a one-day class on painting/dyeing warps at the Guild Summer School. Next April I’ve got a week-long class with Kay Faulkner at the Orange Textile Fibre Forum.

A fortunate life 🙂

(now the bit that should  be above!!! Remember you can click on any photo to go to that blog entry)

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First class project - plain weave scarf

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Class twill sampler

Autumn twill scarf

Autumn scarf

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Monks belt sampler

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Ocean shadow weave scarf

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Rosepath class sampler

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24 shaft twill sampler

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4 shaft colour&weave sampler

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lace & finger manipulated sampler

Fancy twill scarf

Fancy twill scarf

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4 shaft double weave sample

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8 shaft colour & weave

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8 shaft twill sampler

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Swedish lace sampler

Double weave scarf

Double weave scarf

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Overshot sampler

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Bellringing in overshot

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Undulating twill sampler & scarf

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Bellringing in summer & winter

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Ringing in huck lace (runner)

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collapse weave?

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Collapse weave v2

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More ringing summer & winter

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Diversified plain weave

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freestyle scarf

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Deflected double weave scarf

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Advancing twill bookmarks

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Treasure pouch

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Felted cards

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Freestyle rosepath cards

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Freestyle rosepath bag

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Huck lace ringing scarf


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