The weaving madness continues

Well, I have to admit it–I am addicted to weaving. I have been taking a class once a week to learn how to use my Glimakra rigid-heddle loom. My first complete project was a houndstooth wool scarf. A little hot for it now in So Cal, but I will appreciate next winter, I’m sure.

I also have a nice collection of frame looms that I am using for more artistic pieces: wall hangings and tapestries. I just ordered an inkle loom to make straps for my purses and if that isn’t enough, I have just discovered Saori weaving which is a Japanese contemporary hand weaving program founded by Misao Jo in 1969. She started weaving at 57 years old and created her own loom and style, free from the traditional concept and rules of weaving. Now, this is right up my alley. I am going to take an intro class, but in the meantime I’ve been experimenting with Saori style on my rigid heddle loom.

I am going to use these panels as insets on my purses and pillows.  Of course, I am dying to get one of the Saori looms, but they are quite expensive. If after I take the class, I can’t live with out one, I will start saving my pennies to buy one.

Needless to say, I am having a great time! 🙂

4 responses to “The weaving madness continues”

  1. Lynne Palmer-Whalen Avatar
    Lynne Palmer-Whalen

    I love how you keep experimenting and learning. These weavings are stunning!

    1. Thanks, Lynne! I really am having so much fun. Now, if I could only get rid of the day job, so I could have more time to play. 🙂

  2. Your first completed project? It’s anazing! The selvages and beat are so even! You certainly have what it takes to continue with your chosen play-time activity. I look forward to seeing your upcoming projects.

  3. Thanks, Grace. I also just had my first “bad results’ experience with this project. My weaving teacher said to wash in cold water and then trim the loose ends. I thought she said it was okay to put it in a gentle wash, but maybe I wasn’t listening correctly or I failed to tell her it was 100% wool and all the fringe felted, lol! Guess I’ll have to come up with a creative way to fix the ends. Maybe trim off felting and add new fringe or this:

    More adventures in weaving to come, I’m sure. 🙂

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