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10.02.2014

Weaving How to: Vertical Stripes


The more I weave the more similarities I find between ceramics and fiber art. Ceramics is a close second to my love for the loom - but I feel like I'm learning to mold a tapestry into place just as easily as sculpting clay. 
There are some weaving patterns that eluded me at first. I think we all know which ones I am talking about... the vertical stripe. 
You can't get a solid vertical stripe with a straight border and have it be connected to the weave. If you interlace the stitches the solid border disappears and you end up with a totally different look. (View a fuzzy border example here.
If you can sleep at night knowing you cheated on your weave a little bit, I will show how to achieve the perfect vertical stripe ...and have all of your friends say 'whaaaaat? how did you do that?'.
image via Urban Outfitters
I created this long, skinny design for someone very special in mind: my sister. The amazing curtain above was some major inspiration! I loved the stripes, triangles and graphic black + white color scheme. As I was sketching I kept coming back to flanking my design with two bold vertical stripes and then I would stop myself and think 'don't be crazy, you can't do that'... and then I did.
You can see the problem of creating a vertical stripe above. If you want a solid border, your stripe will end up isolating a chunk of your warp strings. Without a way to connect the stripes, your weave will separate and hang loose - it looks really sloppy if you don't do it intentionally!
The answer:
1. Finish your weave with the impossible vertical stripe design you dreamed up.
2. Grab a 2 ply piece of yarn and your needle. Working from the back of the weave (so that your stitches don't show) thread the needle through three rows on one side of the gap, and then three rows on the other side of the gap.
3. Continue closing the gap by pulling the needle tight so that the stitches are invisible and knot the end.
4. Do the same technique on the other side of the stripe.
When you turn the weave over, the stitches will be completely invisible and the impossible stripe will be attached to your weave! Like magic!
After finishing this guy, I wrapped him up quickly and hopped on a plane before I could take a good picture of him hanging up. All of the photos you see here show the back of the weave... so you'll just have to take my word that the front looks good. Love you Audra!

9.29.2014

Leather Agate Necklace DIY

A few days ago I had to go through my forgotten jewelry stash for a photoshoot. I realized that most of the necklaces I have aren't my style anymore. What's a poor girl to do? Seeing as I have accumulated a stash of jewelry supplies since I was 12 years old (thanks for indulging me all those years, mom!) I decided to make something new.
I have been spending way too much time on Etsy lately and stumbled upon the wealth of jewelry supplies section! Almost everything for this necklace was purchased on Etsy - here's the list so you can check out the shops:
Deer lace: https://www.etsy.com/transaction/221417856
Beading Thread: https://www.etsy.com/transaction/221424161
Pink Shell Beads: https://www.etsy.com/transaction/221424403
Sliced Agate Druzy: https://www.etsy.com/transaction/221429421
Cotton Yarn: As a weaver... I have too much of this lying around.
I wanted a piece that was different and could be used in layering. I have loved wrapping all sorts of jewelry in cotton yarn lately - it makes every piece feel more organic and handmade to me so I tried to incorporate this technique into the necklace.
1. String the length of the necklace in pink shell beads.
2. Slip knot the deer lace through the druzy.
3. Use wire to wrap the deer lace around the pink shell beads and hold together.
4. Cover the wire by wrapping the length of the leather in cotton yarn.

9.26.2014

Visiting Mattawa Part 2

I promise these are my last photos from our trip to Washington - it seems too long ago already! 
Now that I live in flat Houston, TX I've realized how much I took for granted the beautiful Northwest. I couldn't help but take too many photos of the landscape as we travelled from Seattle to the east side of the state. The difference is amazing, but both are amazing in their own way. If you want to see what I mean, scroll down - and feel free to wish you were back in Washington also.
Some of my favorite memories were boating, picnicking, swimming and golfing near the Columbia River. Our section of the river is beautifully framed by cliffs and hills so that on clear days there is a perfect reflection of the mountains on the water. 
Even though our brief trip was two weeks ago, I have loved taking my time to go through my photos and remember how much fun we had. I can't wait to go back!
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