I am happy to announce that Kendrick Kreations will now be carrying Paternayan Yarns. Please contact me, if you would like to place an order. Thank you!
January 18-19, 2014. Summer and Winter weaving class, taught by Letitia Rogers at Kendrick Kreations Fiberarts Studio. We were so lucky to have Letitia teach this class. She always gives you way more than you would expect -- lots of variations, great handouts and illustrations. We had a wide range of experience levels among the students, and Letitia has an incredible way of explaining the in's and out's of whatever she is teaching so that everyone understands it. If you ever get the opportunity to take a class from her, you won't be sorry!
May 30, 2014. Another Saori Style Weaving Day at Kendrick Kreations Fiberarts Studio, the fourth of its kind. I host this type of event once or twice a year with 6-8 weavers, all weaving on the same pre-warped loom. Everyone brings some kind of yarn to represent themselves in the weaving and there's also a huge basket of yarn from which to choose. This year, the warp colors represent the six weavers, each choosing a specific color and everyone got a small handmade doll (1") to place into their weaving at some point.
"The Wave" is finally finished, after being on the loom for two years! I do still have to hem the top for a hanging rod and finish the fringe, incorporating some tiny seashells, but the hard work is done. All in all, I'm very pleased with the way this turned out; planning to sell, but for now, it will hang in the sun room. No worries; sunlight will not hit it directly!
Front porch weaving needed a facelift, so I got busy yesterday while the weather was nice and warm, albeit a little windy.
The horizontal warp is nylon twine and the weaving itself is done in brightly colored tulle ribbon.
Below: Last year's tree weaving was pretty much destroyed by recent high winds, so it, too, gets a new look. The structure, as with the front porch weaving, is nylon twine and the weaving itself is made from various inexpensive yarns wound into balls.
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The Care and Feeding of a Stash
Digging through the layers of Sherrie's stash is like looking at the layers of rock in the walls of the Grand Canyon.
One of the things they don't tell you when you begin weaving is how quickly yarn stashes develop. While I'm sure there are a few good weavers out there who do regular cullings and only buy yarns they will use in a short period of time, most of us will be nodding and chuckling as we recognize ourselves in this post from Sherrie Amada Miller. —Christina
Sooner or later all weavers wind up with one. When we talk about them we often sigh and then roll our eyes. What does a weaver possess that can possibly produce so much emotion? It’s “The Stash,” of course!
Oh, those stashes. They begin very innocently with perhaps a few cones of 8/2 cotton for a dish towel. We don’t even realize we’ve taken the first step to building one. But by the time we realize we have a stash it’s too late. It’s already staked out its territory and wastes no time whining for more space. I think cones of fiber must secretly procreate after dark.
No matter how many New Year’s Resolutions I make to stop buying fiber, by the middle of February there’s always something I can’t live without. My weaving happiness depends on it. Ordering just one cone doesn’t seem ecologically sound, so for the good of the planet I order multiple cones.
There is an art to the care and feeding of a stash but by the time I figured it out, it was too late for me. My stash is a hodgepodge of fiber types, colors, sizes, and textures. One day as I was desperately searching for an elusive color it struck me that a stash can be a time machine. By digging deep into my bins, baskets, drawers, and closets I was going back in weaving time. I felt like a geologist but instead of studying bands of rock I was discovering long forgotten fiber stratum. There it was, the Chenille Era, a thick layer of fuzzy rayon chenille, a souvenir from a former love affair with this velvety fiber. A little more digging exposed the Highland Shetland Era, bringing back memories of the woolen blankets I wove during the time I owned a 60” loom.
I found evidence of my brief flings with linen, metallic yarns, and wild novelty yarns. Here was a stash that had grown willy-nilly over the years without any master plan. I wish I hadn’t been such a fiber dilettante. If only I had focused more on obtaining a wide spectrum of colors within a few fiber families I would have a more workable stash. Yet no matter what kind of fiber collection we wind up with, I realize that within those bins and baskets is a unique story. It’s the story of our weaving pasts. There’s written history, oral history and fiber history.
By the way, I’m still waiting for Handwoven magazine to publish a project that calls for chenille, wool, linen, pearl cotton, 8/2 cotton, mohair, and a glitzy metallic all in one textile. I’ll be all set.
—Sherrie Amada Miller
Finished my Spring Shawl WAL project in record time. I used silk noil, cotton and cotton boucle in the weaving. Sett was 8 epi. This was a great project because it gave me a chance to practice leno, Brooks Bouquet, Danish medalions (which I had never before woven) and some inlay. The fringe still needs to be trimmed and twisted, but other than that, it's complete. This is also a great lightweight shawl for Texas.
Completed the sea shell weavings this morning; they will be for sale at the Third Annual Trunk Show at my studio in San Marcos, on December 14, 2013. I will be working very diligently between now and then to have some lovely new items available.
The first of several double weave sea shell "flags" for sale at the December Trunk Show. I'm generally pleased with the results and hoping the next one goes a little faster. It took me quite a bit of time to insert the shells. There must be an easier way.
Lydia Kendrick, Fiber Artist, self-employed, home studio business in San Marcos, Texas