Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.

Ashley Smith

Friday, September 16, 2011

Fiber Extravaganza!!

Even though it has been "hot, hot, sunny, bright, I can only stand to be inside after dark, summertime wonderfulness"... I still have a couple of fiber fun things to share!

First there is this:
Warp painting with Kristie!!
More photos can be found here: Blue Flag Handweaving Studio's Facebook page

This was a super way to spend a summer day.  We started at Kristie Sherrodd 's Studio, Blue Flag Handweaving Studio in Sandpoint, ID, where we talked about design, color wheels and looked at a bunch of painted warps. It is simply amazing how beautiful a scarf (or any fabric) can be with a painted warp.  Even simple plain weave can be transformed into a rhapsody of subtle color changes and depth. After some book work and planning, we measured off our own warp to paint and had lunch (as usual a highlight of my day!!)

After noontime sustenance, we reconvened in Kristie's carport to paint away.  Now, I always imagined that a painted warp entailed warping your loom and then painting the threads while they are on the loom.  Seems messy.  And, since a lot of dyes have to cure for 24 hours, time consuming.  There is, of course, another way: lay your warp chain out on a table to paint it.  Which is what we did.  So incredibly fun!!!  I highly encourage you to take a class with Kristie- she is a super teacher, uncommonly patient and exceedingly talented.

At the end of the day, we took our dyed warps home to cure and then wash.  Here is what mine looks like: (ok, I never took a photo of them, but Sharon's friend Al did at the Weaver's potluck and here is a link. Photo of my painted warp chain)

Which brings me to the next thing! The Third Annual Weaving Study Group Potluck - wahoo!
We had soo much fun- We ate, we talked, we toured, we drank, we spun.  Once again, I took zero photos, but here is a link (with permission) to Sharon's Flickr's photostream. 
Weave Study Group Potluck 
She and Al took a bunch of fantastic photos- they make our ranch look so beautiful.

ok, so lots of photos to look at, but none here... so here is one in parting!
Happy Chickens!
Next up...
The Bob.

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