Indigo/Walnut ScarvesThese 2 new scarves were a continuation of my experiments with organic indigo dyeing and investigations into weaving items for potential sales.  These are woven in 10/2 mercerized cotton in an undulating twill with doubleweave selvedges.  I wound the warp in 2 warp chains and dip-dyed the warp (prior to weaving) in both my organic indigo vat and a walnut dye bath.  This was my first attempt to dye with walnut.  The weft is un-dyed white 10/2 mercerized cotton.

Doubleweave Structure-play on 24 shaftsI started playing with multiple structures and changeable structures in doubleweave during my last doubleweave class (with Jennifer Moore) at Penland in Summer 2013.  While there, I had access to a 12-shaft loom.  After returning home, I purchased a 24 shaft loom and as my first project on my new-to-me loom, I decided to continue my experiment.  One of the biggest issues I had with the first experiment at Penland was the different displacement caused by a different structure in the top and bottom layers.  This caused one layer to wrap up around the other layer at the selvedges especially once it was initially wet-finished.  In an attempt to minimize that issue with this second experiment, I choose to use plain-weave to create tube selvedges to act somewhat as a frame to hold the yarn in any adjacent structures in place.  Having two of the pattern block layers limited to plain weave also helped to stabilize the cloth.  It appears to have worked.

Finished CamelsFor Christmas 2013, my mom and I created handwoven and hand-sewn camels for her grandkids/my nieces/nephews. This is our 4th year doing a Christmas animal (previous years: giraffe, elephant, tortoise).

The sewing pattern for the camel was designed by Lois Boncer and printed in the August/September 2002 issue Soft Dolls & Animals magazine.

Intersections(photo credit: Dina Rossi)Intersections built on the ideas I was working on with the 4-layer woven wall scupture.  This time, I used Habu stainless steel silk yarn and integrated much of what I learned from the previous piece.

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