Friday, May 28, 2010

Anxiety Weaving

I've been feeling a little bit disjointed lately, which my current weaving project reflects perfectly. A large portion of my brain has been devoted to work and final projects at school, so I decided to weave without planning. I grabbed almost every cone of tencel on my shelf, threw together a striped warp, and started weaving a simple 7-shaft satin.
I kind of thought it would be ugly, because I gave very little thought to the colors. In fact, I started to plan out a striped pattern on paper, but the color combinations all turned out ugly. So I just started warping. As I warped I thought: wow, this will probably turn out worse than the stuff I drew! But now that it is on the loom, I'm actually pretty okay with it. I know that it won't be everyone's favorite. But wildly unplanned is sometimes fun.
Being a satin, the backside is one solid color (the weft color). Here I'm using gray. There is enough warp for two scarves, I haven't decided what I'll use as the weft for the second.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Wedding Crafts

Here is the front of that pillow I showed in my last post. A couple of my dearest friends were wed over the weekend. Awesome time! And this was their wedding present from me.
Also, remember these scarves? The bridesmaids wore them, and I think it was lovely. The blue and orange accents throughout the wedding worked very nicely. It was such a cool wedding!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Pillow

Check it out, I made a pillow.
Pretty bad week around here, but I made a pillow.
The other side is cuter, but you can't see it yet. It's a secret.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Picks and Pixels?

Uh oh, my last post was commented on by my dweeb older brother.
And this morning I am as excited about my discovery that Lidar data exists for Yamhill County as I am about my current embroidery project.

This blog might start to blend...
Weaving and GIS, is that okay?

By the way, have you seen the awesome maps that Rilla Marshall weaves over at Marshall Arts?
Pretty cool.

Maps? Woven? Talk about up my alley.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

It's Been a Year

Guys! I've had my blog for more that a year now. And even though I haven't posted much lately, I haven't missed a month since I've started.

I started a part time job a couple weeks ago, as well as found out that I've been accepted to the master's program with a graduate assistantship. I am very excited about both of those things, and very busy because of them. I've been getting more and more excited and involved in GIS (Geographic Information Systems), and unfortunately my school work, work work, and goofing around with GIS work has taken over my weaving time. But this summer I will force myself to have time for craftiness.

One of the things that I've been really excited about lately is Open Source software, especially Open Source GIS software. Usually GIS software is prohibitively expensive, so unless you work for someone who can pay for it, you really aren't going to get to use it. But Open Source GIS software is getting more impressive by the day, and I've been having fun playing with it - for free!

And now I just found out about the Open Source Loom project: www.osloom.org
It's a wonder to me how much my interests completely overlap sometimes.