Saturday, May 22, 2010

May Meeting

JoAnn wove this top which features a neckline that was loom shaped.  Getting the neckline just right as you are weaving the shoulders, can be tricky.  One suggestion was to trace around a commercial pattern's neckline and then use the curved shape above the neck as a guide while you weave the shoulders.  Since the center part of the warp wasn't being woven as JoAnn shaped the curve, she was able to use those unwoven threads as a decorative fringe.  Note the finish in the  detail photo.
I looked for a written source on shaping necklines on the loom, but couldn't come up with anything in the magazine indexes.  I did find instructions in an out of print book Weaving in Style which is available from several booksellers.

Dee had a couple of interesting things for show and tell.  The first piece is an off white shawl with a bit of gray/brown boucle threads for an accent in the warp. This is a two block twill giving the shawl an interesting texture.

Dee belongs to a wearable art group and their latest challenge was to make something from a Lois Ericson design for a meeting in which Lois herself will be present.  This vest is handwoven wool with decorative ribbon applique and a bright green lining that Dee decorated with a gold scribble pen. Note the interesting seam finish on the right side of the photo below.

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