Handwoven articles; planning the next sample

I’m pleased to say that the new Handwoven magazine (Jan/Feb issue) is out! This one contains not one, but two articles by me – one on Complex Weavers (p. 14) and one on my Celtic Braid Cape (p. 59). Check it out!

I’m considering what to do with the rest of the sample warp. I hate to simply cut it off, because it took a lot of time to get it onto the loom, and there are still several yards of warp left. However, it definitely has problems; there are a lot of threads dangling at the back of the loom, which makes advancing a pain, and I’m experiencing a lot of broken threads, which may be from tension problems, since the two warps are tensioned separately. I’m inclined to cut it off and wind a new sample warp.

I’m still thinking about what I’d like to sample in the next warp. I definitely want to try gradient colored phoenixes (red, orange, yellow) phoenixes on a black background. I also want to try painting the warp on the loom – making the background swirls of red and orange, with yellow phoenixes on top. I haven’t decided what width yet – I’m still chewing on possible uses for the sample, which will of course affect the width. Probably 18-24″. Warp length will be 7-10 yards. I’m hoping to get the new warp wound, dyed, and onto the loom over the four-day Christmas weekend.


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