Tiny Expo * Saturday, December 9th

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We are looking forward to sharing our heirloom handwovens with you this Saturday at

Tiny Expo!

Saturday, December 9, 2017 * 11am-5:30pm

Downtown Ann Arbor District Library

 

 

 

Taeko studied weaving and home arts in Japan .  Shown above are her beautiful heirloom handwovens.  Her velvet lined scarves, cheerful cottolin rectangles, and Smålandsväv ornaments are beautiful, unique and one-of-a-kind.  All of Taeko’s weavings shown above will be available at Tiny Expo.

Tiny Expo Announcement November 2017

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Blending the beauty, wisdom and durability of Japanese, Swedish and American handwovens to create heirloom textiles for the home.

 

・Ori・Väv・Weave・ is happy to announce that we have been chosen to sell our heirloom textiles at… 

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

11am-5:30pm

Downtown Ann Arbor District Library

Tiny Expo is an annual holiday fair that features over 40 artists and crafters selling handmade wares in a festive library space. This year  Tiny Expo is a part of the 2nd annual Winter Art Tour. There are 10 art shows in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti featuring over 300 artists during the weekend of Dec 8-10. When you get your official passport stamped at 4 of the 9 locations you can enter to win handcrafted prizes.

Here’s a peek of some of the items you will find at our Tiny Expo exhibit!

 

Taeko

Taeko and I met one year ago at a Weaving Lecture presented by Marion Marzolf.  Soon after we gathered for tea to talk about weaving, our lives, and our love of all things beautiful.  Since then we’ve come together to create designs, warp  five different looms,  experiment, sample, encourage, weave, laugh and cry together at the looms.  We celebrate a year of  joy and inspiration with our exhibit at Tiny Expo.

 

Taeko wove this beautiful Smålandsväv scarf in September.  We set the loom up together in the spring with a warp long enough to weave several scarves – see April 2017  for more details.

 

The Studio

Two large Swedish Glimåkra looms, along with equipment and materials in one room of the house means we are working in pretty tight quarters.  The three smaller looms we are weaving on, along with our sewing machines and work tables are found in other rooms in our two homes.  When we bump into walls and looms or need to squeeze loom parts in carefully so not to break a window we laugh and say “two looms, small room”.  Try saying that quickly several times and you’ll be laughing too.

 

 

Tammy

I created this blog almost two years ago as my weaving journey at Vävstuga’s 16 week Väv Immersion class began.  You are invited to stroll through these pages and peek into my time at the loom and in life.  It’s called Tammy Weaves.  When I weave, I feel completely Tammy.

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See you at Tiny Expo!!!

October 2017

・Ori・Väv・Weave・

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer 2017

Sashiko

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.

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Smålandsväv continued…

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!

 

Lavender

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

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.

 

Poke Berry Dye

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.

 

Lake Michigan

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….

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May 2017

Smålandsväv – Scarf #1

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.

 

 

 

Warped Weavers – April 2017

Local weavers – all members of the Ann Arbor Fiber Arts Guild and the subgroup Warped Weavers – came to visit my studio and learn more about my experience in the Väv Immersion Class last year at Vävstuga Weaving School in Shelburne Falls, MA.

I shared a typical day at the farm house, a bit about Glimåkra looms, the special Smålandsväv set up currently on my loom, along with sixteen weeks worth of weaving, spinning, bobbin lace, drafting and fiber analysis.  Though almost impossible to share 16 weeks of life in weaver’s utopia, I described my experience and enthusiasm for the program and the beautiful textiles that now fill my home.  I look forward to future conversations with these local weavers as we continue to share resources and wisdom with one another.

 

The Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild (AAFG) is an educational, not-for-profit club of fiber artists. It was founded in 1956 as a club for weavers and still has a large number of members who are weavers, as well as many members who create other forms of fiber art.

Warped Weavers (WW) is now a subset of the AAFG, as the guild itself now includes all techniques that involve using fiber or fiber techniques including: Basketry, Beading, Bead Embroidery, Bead Weaving, Kumihimo, Crochet, Doll Making, Dyeing and Painting, Embroidery, Felting, Garment Design and Construction, Handmade Paper and Book Art, Knitting, Knotting, Quilting, Sewing, Spinning, Weaving, and Surface Design.

Both groups meet monthly and support a variety of fiber activities, educational opportunities, a great library, shows and sales. I am very fortunate to live in proximity of so many incredible weavers and fiber artists.  For more information about AAFG and WW click on the blue links above!

April 2017

 

Setting up Smålandsväv

Smålandsväv is a double harness weave that can be woven on a large framed loom without the need of a drawloom attachment.

I fell in love with Smålandsväv  last spring at Vävstuga.  My notes, blog and memory, along with Becky’s video – Dress You Swedish Drawloom and the book – Damask and Opphämta guided countless hours of preparation and set-up.  I am grateful to Becky for her attention to details both in class and in her video. And I appreciate Betsy, a local weaver, for gifting me this classic book which is out of print.  My new weaving friend Taeko spent several days discovering the ways of Smålandsväv while assisting with the set up.  We had many “learning experiences”, laughed a lot, and proved that “many hands make light work”.

The 4 rows of  heddles near the reed create the pattern and are hung with elastic bands on shaft bars borrowed from a smaller loom to allow the shafts to be pulled down into the loom.  In addition, two rows of  large-eyed heddles are hung closer to the warp beam to support the plain weave.  These shafts are counterbalanced with pulleys and held with elastic bands for extra support.

As I sampled, I had occasional errors in the plain weave.  The book showed the plain weave tied to the middle treadles and with this tie up,  I could not get a good rhythm. Finally, after multiple errors and increasing frustration while sampling, I recalled (and saw in my class notes) that on the Smålandsväv loom at  Väv Immersion, the plain weave was tied up to the treadles to the right and with the pattern on the left and middle treadles.  Once I made this change, there were no more plain weave errors!

Smålandsväv, like many drawloom set-ups has a narrow shed.  The Glimåkra damask shuttles fit well in the pattern shed, provided I advanced the warp regularly.  However, the the damask shuttle would get stuck in the shed while weaving the plain weave.  I adjusted the narrow shed to create a bit more space and then recalled that Bob, a weaver from the local guild, had gifted not only me, but our entire group of local weavers, with beautiful slim shuttles he had hand crafted in his woodshop.  This shuttle slid with ease through the narrow plain weave shed and gave an extra damask shuttle for the pattern weave, thus allowing fewer quill/color changes!  Many thanks to Bob for this amazing shuttle!

The warp is a beige 16/2 cotton set at 30 ends per inch in a 15 dent reed.  The weft pattern uses various colors of 16/2 cotton doubled and a white 16/2 cotton single for the plain weave.  The warp is long to allow plenty of sample space and length to weave 7 or 8 scarves/table runners. Like an empty canvas, the warp awaits to be woven with a variety of colors and designs!

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The winter and early spring brought other textiles pleasures as well – all in various shades of teal.  I knotted the fringe and helped with finishing touches on friend Renee’s beautifully woven scarf – her very first handwoven textile!  The cottolin bath towels woven at Väv Immersion continue to be a delight to use – no more bulky, fuzzy towels for me!  These handwoven towels are light as a feather, absorb with ease, and wrap comfortably around one’s body.  I also appreciate the lightweight when I swaddle my hair with these towels.

Night-time knitting produced a lovely warm hat that actually covers my ears and my first lace knit scarf.  I was fortunate to be a part of a Brooklyn Tweed knitting group at SPUN, our new local yarn shop.  Participants were guided by Christine, Pattern Support Lead for Brooklyn Tweed and Carol, Co-Owner of SPUN.  It was great to increase my knitting skills and get to know other fiber artists in Ann Arbor.

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Spring brought forsythia to brighten the window which houses the new year’s paper stars that gave sparkle to the house during the dark of winter.  And now the days are becoming too warm to enjoy my new scarf and hat.  And so I’ll trade them happily for time in my garden.  Happy Spring to you all!