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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Weaving

 I have been staying in quite a bit the past two weeks. Even in the early morning my studio is just unbearably hot. Sorry, but I don't love clay that much! I have so much nervous energy and my hands always want to be busy making something, so I have found my thoughts wandering to fiber.
 Friday I went to Siler City and bought some angora wool and signed up for a weaving class that will start the first of September. I have this nagging interest in weaving lately and I might as well try it out and see if it is something I will stick with. The investment is minimal. $80 for the class and the loom was $3 at the thrift store. I also found these really cool spools that I want to do something with. I love the colors of them. The angora is amazing, so soft and beautiful.
I would to figure out some way to incorporate clay and fiber. I have always loved textiles and it's nice to have something to work on inside when the days are so hot or so cold that my studio isn't fun to be in. There is also a local class that I am interested in for spinning your own yarn. Wish I could just raise the alpaca, make my wool and weave away my days. Nice dream...... Happy Sunday. We are staying cool and watching the Tour de France, drinking our healthy juice and having a lazy day xo

11 comments:

cookingwithgas said...

fiber=possibilites =endless.... what is it about fiber? It does call, but my plan is fiber in winter months. It will be interesting to see what beauty you pull out of your fiber.
Hugs galore

Anna M. Branner said...

It really is interesting how many clay artist move on to fiber...I'm excited that you have signed up for a weaving class! And spinning too! It's SO soothing. My stress buster of choice, and you end up with something pretty. :) Keep us posted!!

Dennis Allen said...

Could you incorporate raku beads into weaving?

Hollis Engley said...

My mother was a weaver, in the later years of her life, before Alzheimer's took over. She was good, too. You'll make great stuff, Tracey.

Tracey Broome said...

We'll see what happens ya'll, I just have an itch to scratch right now. Dennis I love the idea of raku beads with weaving!

Paul Jessop said...

Hi Tracey, when I did my A level pottery, I also joined a textile course, and it was a close thing that I didn't switch to fabric, I loved silk painting and fabric printing. the whole thing is so interesting.

Scott Garrett said...

Weave away Tracey!! You know I like to mix up my media. Look forward to seeing what happens. Great photos by the way!

Susan Wells said...

I know what you mean about FIBERS! OMG. Drucilla's work is especially mouth wattering. I've been wondering the same thing: how to incorporate... nothing's come to me yet...

handstories said...

looking forward to see where this might lead...and the spools were a find!

Kevin Carter said...

I did just the opposite - I came from fiber and ended up in clay - so to speak.
I started by making quilts, as a result of seeing the quilts of the redoubtable (in a good way)Nancy Crow, Michael James, and Judith Larzele.
From there, I became interested in weaving, and purchased a little loom just like yours (going by your one pic)
at a church flea market, for about two or three dollars. I think I wove only one thing on it, a small strip using green and blue yarn, which I used as a bookmark for quite a few years, I may still have it somewhere ( this was about fifteen years ago)
Anyway, the loom sat unused for years until I decided to recycle it - I saw that the wood would be good to keep, so I took the loom apart. Now a couple of the round pieces are being used as handles for my homemade trimming tools.
I bet you could find an interesting way to blend weaving with clay, in your houses or something.

Lori Buff said...

Who knows, you could become Cynthia and Edwina Bringle rolled into one. The spirit of your barn lends itself well to the texture of fibers, I'll bet you come up with something great. I'm excited to see what you develop.