...Thoroughly consumed, enthralled and excited about weaving damask on the drawloom. Now, I have a big, complex loom that does not require electricity. Eight years ago I sold my first drawloom to Kay Faulkner and this 'new' one is a Myrehed combination - having unit draw as well as shaft draw. The learning curve has been steep and challenging - including figuring out how to make the counter-marche tie-up possible for this arthritic body of mine.
Here is a picture from Kay of her version of the top-controlled CM tie-up with some color-coding for easier, accurate changes mid-warp.
Convergence in Milwaukee was too near to stay away, and besides, I wanted to bring our Aussie, Kay Faulkner, back with me to play a bit. The drive across Big Mac began the trip ‘over the top’ as we say - far more pleasant than Chicago traffic.
|Big Mac - the 5-mile-long bridge across the Straights of Mackinaw, is always under maintenance, but such a view!|
Not only did I get to see and play with Kay who was teaching at Convergence, but I made new, and renewed old friendships, including Anne and Rex Dixon, Jukka Yrjola and his partner/son Jarko of Toika, Art Elkins of Webs, Richard of Ashford, and Barry and Jane of Schacht.
|Photo op with Barry and Jane. First time in a long time, they too attended an HGA Convergence.|
Milwaukee enchanted me for the small-town atmosphere and friendliness, the old-world architecture with big-city goodies like buses, restaurants and a great museum.
|Couldn't resist this invitation to capture the old German architecture reflected in the modern neighbor.|
|Kay and Kati on the lounge deck, toast the slightly sooty but sunny sail on the S S Badger Ferry, east toward Michigan.|
|Kay admires our welcoming Southern Cross Australian flag.|
|Kay tries to capture the grasses on the shore of our relatively-tiny inland freshwater sea, actually Thunder Bay on Great-Lake Huron - home of Treehouse Studio.|
Way too soon we had to carry Kay over the bridge to Ontario for her visit with Jette Vandermeiden (check out her amazing weaving videos at "Weaving with Jette" you-tube" and http://www.huroniahandweavers.org/teanaustaye.html) and to teach a workshop for the Huronia Guild. Find our Kay and see an exciting report on the Australian High Court handwoven robes by herself, at https://kayfaulkner.wordpress.com/
Meanwhile, back in Alpena, Father Charlie’s mother/my friend Maxine asked me if I would consider weaving a special pall for the Rosary Society members’ funeral Masses. The budget was not generous, but I am a member and may end up under it myself, so I said ‘yes’ for the challenge of it. The draw loom arrived at a perfect time for this, and so far, though my courage is strong, technique and concentration need work. Here is a portion of my explorations.
|Yarns and hooks and kittens - Oh My!|
With encouragement from weaving friends Julie Hurd and Linda VanAndel, three pieces were submitted (and accepted) into the Jordan River Arts Council’s "Rare Threads: Ancestral Inspirations" - and two sold! Here are two of the show’s organizers modeling their acquisitions "Michigan Tartan Glitz" on Linda and "Ingrid Bergman’s Style" on Julie. What greater honor could a weaver ask?
|Julie and Linda in Treehouse Treations (I just made that up). photo by M Waara|
|Linda and husband John VanAndel (US Navy WWII pilot, Ret.) in Linda's handwoven-handtailored Michigan tartan shirt.|
outside the vendor hall at Convergence, that refreshed my primitive sprang skills and Kay suggested it would be the perfect technique to use on the exposed warp between the two panels. All these honors, I am rolling in it! ‘Fiona’ is my personal favorite. She is now in the collection of my DH as the cat is very much his ‘special’. She is terrible-cute and sweet, also the proverbial scaredy-cat.
|Fiona, 23 x 32 in, woven wool on linen|
|Shadow Play 16 x 46 in, woven, sprang, cotton, w/ wood & bamboo|
The Besser Museum’s annual juried show accepted two pieces and Big Bluestem won an honorable mention award.
|Colony: Big Blue Stem 30 x28 in, handwoven linen, cotton, grass. Organics III Early Spring 36 x 23 handwoven wool w sprang.|
Our Vet called mid-November to ask if we would consider adopting a rescued cream-colored Persian. Three cats is enough. But then our daughter Zella, in for Thanksgiving, heard the story, said we must inquire... Ambrose (amber-points, but a boy-cat) is a beauty, sweet, and a lover, but four cats IS a LOT of cats and there are still some hissing matches on occasion.
|Newly adopted Ambrose, Fiona under the chair, Greyfur of the magnificent tail, and Morag learning to play mice, er...nice.|
|All Saints students with the two-handled IRM making colored-rope cinctures. 32 three to 4-yard ropes takes a lot of cranking.|
A contract with the Weavers Guild of Minnesota, www.weaversguildmn.org , August 17-20, 2017 will have me offering a program: "For the Love of Lithuanian Weaving" and leading a 3-day workshop "Lustrous Linens - Weaving Linens with Success" .
World-wide weaving friends make my life so rich - but so does having a weaving studio on the Northern shore of Lake Huron with DH and FOUR cats. Did I say four is a lot of cats?
|A crescent moon, Venus (upper L of the moon) and wintry sunset over Thunder Bay, Michigan|
Wishing all handweavers a thread-full, healthful, joyful 2017, Kati
PS, yes there are still some ‘hurt book’ copies. A stack of cases fell over and bent corners on (too)many copies. KRM