Blending the beauty, wisdom and durability of Japanese, Swedish and American handwovens to create heirloom textiles for the home.
More soon about our 2017 Holiday Heirloom Handweaving!
Taeko and Tammy
Sashiko is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching (or functional embroidery) from Japan. The Ann Arbor Public Library had a class on Sashiko. I chose a wave design and found my love for embroidery quickly return after decades away from this art form.
It was so fun, that I was inspired to repair my favorite duvet covers using the tradition of Sashiko and variegated embroidery floss.
My older daughter requested that I weave a Smålandsväv Scarf for her using colors from my favorite scarf that we affectionately call “the peacock scarf”. I experimented with various color combinations and background shades and will soon begin weaving the Smålandsväv Peacock!
I love weaving lavender with friends and they love it too! The tactile weave in one’s hands combined with the beauty and aroma are simply heavenly.
Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid-making. Cords and ribbons are made by interlacing strands. Cindy taught kumihimo to a group of weavers this summer. When I craved more, she brought over the thread for me to continue. And not just once, but twice! Cindy is pictured using a large kumihimo loom to create a beautiful dog leash.
Three years ago I dyed with poke berry and it was time to try again. This time I was not alone. Anthea joinned me in the fun and helped me keep great records for our next time at the dye pot. Happily our yarn remained a beautiful fushia, unlike my first attempt that came out a rusty orange. Dying holds a bit a mystery, as our next skein was dyed in the second bath and it came out a light orange.
Being on the beach is one of my happy places. The songs of water and wind combined with the warmth of the sun and the sand calms me, soothes me, centers me. Ah….
A few months had passed since the design and set-up of the Smålandsväv Scarf. What a thrill it was to weave this beautiful pattern in May. Getting back to the loom brought me great joy. The overall pattern repeats with a slight variation to celebrate the center of the scarf.
My younger daughter requested the scarf while visiting me at Väv Immersion. She spied Becky’s Smålandsväv samples and fell in love with one in particular. A few weeks later, I wove a sample with the colors that had caught her eye. This spring I finished the scarf just in time for her summer break. In no time she wound the fringe and experimented with the various ways she could wear and enjoy her dream scarf.
Left Photo: Just off the loom. A bit stiff, but oh so fun to try on!
Right Photo: Softer and more pliable with washing and wear. With a slightly different look showing off the reverse side.