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Handwoven Scarf I

 Lately I've gotten several requests for commissioned scarves and have decided to post pictures to chronicle my ongoing work. Please keep in mind that I am a weaver and not a photographer like Autumn Cruz (http://www.autumncruz.com/Autumn_Cruz/Welcome.html) who has done the photos for my site.

For this scarf, I was asked to combine several blues into a single piece - a scarf 6" wide and 65" long with 3" fringes. The warp contains 3 different hand-dyed blues and a commercial navy. The weft is %100 soy silk in blue-green.

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Hanging Hand-dyed, Handwoven Placemats, Part II

Another month of sawing, sanding, and staining, and I've given up on how to hang four placemats with one contraption (see August 17 entry). I started this because I have limited wall space - and no assigned table space - to display hand-dyed, handwoven placemats.

The solution is simply hanging each individual mat between two pieces of stained pine and securing it all with two "O" rings. Done! Now back to weaving - period.        

Hanging Hand-dyed, Handwoven Placemats

I am a weaver, not a construction engineer! Lately, however, I've become a construction engineer of sorts. The reason is that I have a gallery show in Ashland, OR in October. The gallery (http://www.illahegallery.com) focuses on art for the home, and I will be showing hand-dyed, handwoven wall hangings, placemats, and towels. The challenge has been to figure out the best way to show the placemats.

Orange, the Color

When people are asked what their favorite color is, the majority will respond "blue." Many will say green or purple, maybe red -- and a few go with yellow. But "orange?" - almost never. Me? I'm not too fond of orange:  I can't wear it and I don't have it in my home. However, I have a fascination with the color orange in my weaving.

Weaving a Car

Lexus is developing a new car made from carbon fiber. Carbon fiber consists of extremely thin strands composed mostly of carbon atoms. Several thousand of these strands are twisted together to form yarn. The yarn is then woven into a material that will ultimately become the car body.

Check out the loom at www.lexus.com/quality/

Hand-dyed Yarns

When I did my first dye project back in the last century, I decided that it was just too messy to do on my own.  I was taking a class to learn the whole process:  card the wool (I did not sheer the sheep), spin it, dye it, and then weave it.

Tencel and Bamboo: Natural Fibers or Not?

Rayon, viscose (another name for rayon), tencel, and bamboo are among the more well-known fibers made from cellulose. Cellulose is the primary component of the cell walls in plants, including wood, cotton, and hemp.

May 23, 2010 - Natural vs. Synthetic Dyes

The web site was launched on Tuesday (5/18), and I've already gotten questions about the type of dyes I use. Many assume that natural dyes are the best for the environment - and since I work with only natural fibers, the assumption is that I use only natural dyes.

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