April 15, 2017

Well, finally!  Here it is.  Seems a little anti-climatic to me, but this is the first reveal to the world. 

Are you curious why I haven’t posted any photos of it yet before this??  Because I’m scared about it!  It seems so simplistic when I look at it  – simple shapes and lines, simple colors.   But when I look a little closer, I can see complexity lurking behind those black threads.   I have several firsts in Blackwater Projec...

April 12, 2017

Now that I’m approaching the end of the weaving, I get to start embellishing!  I say that as though I know what I’m doing, but as usual, I only have rough ideas.  So what embellishment does this need?  I suspect that if I start asking people for their opinions, I’ll get just as many different answers.  So I’m going to go with my gut, which is not always a very pleasing result.  And it’s usually fraught with hesitation and self-doubt.  (It...

April 12, 2017

Okay, I haven’t updated in a while because I’ve actually been weaving more.  As opposed to thinking about weaving or trying to figure out how to weave something.  It feels good to be friends with the loom room again.

I am getting close to being done with the weaving.  Please note I didn’t say project, or even on-loom work.   I still have a long way to go, but it’s coming along.  I did do a double-sided clasped weft to construct the da...

March 24, 2017

I am amazed at how many decisions I’m making for this project along the way.  Do all weavers go through this?  Or is it because I’m still such a novice?   

I did free-form weaving, for lack of a better name, with my doubly-clasped wefts to get the river up to the dam.  Now I’m to the point that I’m ready to start my waterfall. (If I’m starting at the bottom of the waterfall and going up wouldn’t it be a waterclimb?)  An...

March 22, 2017

Okay, so what’s next?  I’ve got my black fabric base started, but I’m back to the question.    How can I make my waterfall and river with some perspective?

I’m going to go back to my sampler for what I hope will be my answer….

If you look very carefully, there are just a few rows that I was playing with a clasped weft for the outline picks.  See – right there….

I envision my wonderful bamboo yarn being the outline weft, which...

March 18, 2017

I feel I owe an explanation for what’s coming.  Today is not so much about weaving as it is life in general. 

I’m a worrier.  My doctor calls it anxiety. My friend who is a counselor says it is a genetic condition.  My sisters say it’s normal life.  (Which actually reinforces the genetic theory….)  Lately, I’ve been worrying a lot – to the point of losing sleep.  I’ve had several health issues which bloomed out of the blue:  corneal e...

March 11, 2017

Sadly, the name Blackwater Project  is more apropos than I realized.  This is the point that I expect to hear a collective “I told you so!” from all the people who have been weaving for more than a week.  Last night I spent nearly 2 hours in the loom room and it wasn’t such a happy place.  During that time, I managed to get two picks woven.  Two.

Any sane weaver would cut bait (warp) and run.  My head is telling me to d...

February 11, 2017

Okay, this is happening.   Hubby bought me a slinky – the old-fashioned metal kind (not plastic).  I have an all-black warp already on the loom.  I usually warp front to back, so it’s all set except for tying on to the front apron rod.  I can slide the slinky right onto the reed in the beater and it stays there by itself pretty well.  Here’s the plan:

Blackwater Project will weave from bottom up, meaning I’ll be st...

January 14, 2017

Okay, I have the sample done, and I shared it at the last gathering of the Four Harness study group.  There was general approval, but there’s something that’s still bothering me about the Blackwater Project.  (I do like saying that though!) 

Here’s the crux of it:

I picture the water falling over the dam, and then the river flowing toward me.  I want to widen the river as it gets closer to the viewer.  I know there are some places...

December 10, 2016

My Blackwater Project test sample came off the loom two nights ago.  I left it one day all by itself, just to relax and let some curves work their way into the honeycomb.  True to my lazy-weaver self, I didn’t measure it on the loom first, I didn’t measure it off the loom immediately, and I didn’t measure it after 24 hours.  I left it in an overnight wash, and I didn’t even measure it when it came out of that.  At the moment, it is hangin...

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