Finished another scarf. Do like them narrow when made with the nubby yarn; another hand dyed, hand spun. Actually, in this climate, narrow done with any weight yarn is really preferable. No matter how cold it can get, if you can wrap a scarf around your neck several times, you can stay warm.
Now to start a scarf with a finer, even textured yarn. Want to test my my new found selvedge skills.
I have belonged to the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston for a number of years. My interests were (and still are) kumihomo and dyeing. But, unfortunately, I was not a weaver.
In years past, I tried felting (didn’t feel right to me), tapestry (that I’m still trying to work on) and I took a rigid heddle loom workshop. The workshop was interesting but I never really felt the ‘flow’ and never did finish my project. This never stopped me from buying the wonderful yarns I would come across; especially handspun.
This past spring the guild again participated in the annual Fiber Fest; winding, into balls, the skeins of yarn purchased by the attendees. I wandered through all the booths looking at all the wonderful offerings. One of the vendors has a shop not very far from our community and is well know by members of the guild. This was the first time I stopped to see her and the beautiful pieces she was making on one of her rigid heddle looms. She also happened to have some stunning yarn. She and I chatted and, of course, I was ready to dust off my loom. Bought some of the beautiful yarn and decided I had to make a sample with some scrap yarn of equal weight. The sample turned out not badly but I realized I needed more practice.
I pulled out some of the hand-dyed, handspun yarn I had. Warped the loom with a coordinating color (orange is pretty yummy)and started weaving. Pictured in my result. Not bad for my first ‘real’ weaving.
I have just warped and started weaving my second piece. After this one is done I think I’m going to be ready for my wonderful new yarn.
Very fond of bamboo art and finally had a chance to get to see the Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art exhibit at the Asia Society.
Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art
28 January 2017 – 30 July 2017
Featuring a selection of works from 16 Japanese artists, including rare wall-hung installations and works never before seen in Houston, ‘Modern Twist’ both engages and educates audiences about a vibrant cultural art form.
The pieces were absolutely stunning. Easy to see how they took several months to a year to create.
My husband went with me to the exhibit and he was as fascinated as I was by the complex and beautiful work. I may be able to get him to go see them again before the exhibit closes.