Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sac Weave Spin Open House

Sacramento Weaver's and Spinner's Guild had their annual Open House event at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center. Lots of spinning, yarn, and weaving on display. Above is some warp faced weaving samples.

Here is a booth setup by Marilyn Greaves, who weaves in the Navajo style. She also teaches this style. Here is a look at a work in progress.

This loom is about six foot tall and it has a rug about half finished on it.

Here is a small student loom with a rug about 10 inch by 20 inch.

Here are some kumihimo bobbins being used to control supplementary warp.

This little basket is made from 100% wool yarn. It's about the size of a coffee mug. By Pat Henderson.

More yarn woven baskets by Pat Henderson.

This is a working antique Great Wheel that is 225 years old. You don't see one of those every day.

This is a loom that was setup for kids to try weaving. The most interesting feature to me are the wooden dowels on each side. On larger rag rug looms those dowels would be metal rods used to help the sides from pulling in. The slots for warping are a common feature on rag rug looms too.

There was an article in the Sacramento Bee over the weekend about the Guild.

Have a good day!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Found on the web

While researching I run into websites of interest and I post them here for you to examine.

tips for rag rug hems: Jenny Bellairs blog

Dirty Jobs: Mike at Ohio Valley Natural Fibers woolen mill

Also at:

Pehuenche/Pewenche Weaving - Chile

The Mapuche (English version)

Deb McClintock's Weaving and Dyeing

Jane Evan's Split Shed Weaving Technique

Wadmal Class 2009, note weighted warp loom

Yearning to weave - free rigid heddle loom projects

Twining On the Lily Bag Loom
Instruction manual for basic twining

Ruth Macgregor's website, Spinning Forth

Beautiful backstrap weaving
Qanachin - Respectable weaving

saami weaving on youtube

These videos of Saami weaving were mentioned on the Weaving yahoogroup.
You go to Youtube and search for "greneveving" (means branch weaving?)

Look for Greneveving - Rátnogođđin del 1 (Part 1)
Also check out parts 2, 3, 4

See her weave first selvedge with a rigid heddle, then mount the piece on a warp weighted loom, then watch the magic as she weaves with her fingers. This is beautiful stuff.

Textile School
Under Weaving there is discussion of different types of looms.
It's about production automation but interesting

Cabin Cove website/blog
David Taylor Daniels, weaver

Handloom Weaving, Mattie Phipps Todd, 1902 - A scanned book
Comprehensive guide to basic weaving

Rag Rug Weaving - Master's Thesis - Ashlee Tecza 2007

Raven's Tail Weaving


Artists Talk about their work - Audio MP3
Includes raven's tail technique

Ravenstail Weaving

Edited to add:

The list of Ravens Tails sites is not complete without this one.
Talk about soul and eye candy
Raven's Tail - Cheryl Samuel

Have a good day!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Sami Band Weaving Tutorial

Sami band weaving tutorial begins in Braids and Bands yahoogroup
Look in the files area to see equipment list and first tutorial pdf's

You will have to register in the group to view and download the files.
Registration is free.

Braids and Bands yahoogroup is one activity of The Braid Society

Have a good day!