Latest From The Studio
Latest Tapestry Rugs
Woven on Cranbrook Loom
4-ply Churro warp from Tapetes de Lana
Weft - handspun Romney and Coopworth, vegetal dyed
Walnut, madder, cutch, Navajo tea
Left: Original design
Right: inspired by one of the little paintings of rug motifs found at the Hubbell Trading Post in Arizona
Drawloom - Silk and Wool Scarves
Warp Jaggerspun Zephyr (50%silk/50%Merino) in 2 close shades of red
Weft - assorted pure silk from my private stash in varying shades of red, lavender and pink
Sett - 30 epi
12" x 72"
Handspun Wool Yardage
Handspun Shetland singles - S and Z, som indigo dyed
This was an experiment using slightly energized handspun singles and combining S and Z in warp and weft. The blue warp is S, the grey Z - weft was Z spun.
Subtle effect were that the fabric didn't track or distort from the energy left in the yarn - instead, the fabric was smooth on the loom and remained smooth after wet finishing - needed little or no steam pressing.
Sett: 20 epi
Full Sized Oaxacan Style Rug
This rug is made from a combination of Mexican handspun churro-type wool and millspun churro wool from Mora, NM.
Woven on the 4 foot Cranbrook rug loom.
32" x 40"
Course at Jacquard Center/Oriole Mill
This was an opportunity to design fabrics for the industrial Jacquard loom using Jacqcad software and the looms at the Oriole Mill.
The loom was warped with 20/2 unmercerized black cotton, 51 ends per inch and the suggestion was to weave various satin or twill damask pieces.
Chosen weft was 16/1 or 20/1 linen in natural, grey and red.
Shown at right is the design process -
1. Acoma Pueblo pottery as inspirarion
2. Pencil drawing of modified motifs
3. Photoshop stitching of the 2 hand drawn squares
4. Woven fabric in black and grey
Loom used to weave fabric
This is the direct opposite of the techniques pictured in the first two pieces, but equally satisfying. The Jacquard technology allows fabrics to be woven with patterning that would be nearly impossible on a handloom.
Likewise, the knotted pile or tapestry pieces cannot be duplicated on the Jacquard loom.
Finished jacket - worn first to performances at the Metropolitan Opera - 4 operas in 4 days - you can't wear the same thing every night.
Rug on loom showing cartoon.
Detail of Flower Motif
Rug in front of hearth.