Thursday, December 1, 2011

Spinning & Plying at Loscon 38

Here's what I spun up and chain plyed at Loscon this weekend.  It's Joan Contraman's Dolphin Tails.  I love Joan's batts.  We used to be in Designing Weavers together, before she moved to Montana.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Fiber Artist Bio

I had to make a bio page for an art gallery show I'm in, and tho I couldn't upload it here, I was able to more or less recreate it on my facebook page here:!/notes/ellen-shipley/ellen-shipley-woodcuts/10150417474201520

It's weighted toward printmaking because that's what I've got in the show.  ;-j

Friday, November 4, 2011

Double Woven Edges

Brilliant!  Check out Alice Schlein's Weaverly blog post featuring double woven edges:

I detest weaving edges, whether on a shawl or a towel, what-have-you.  Fringe takes forever to twine, and I don't like leaving it loose.  I've never cared for folding over and sewing either.  But this technique shows promise.

Start and end with double weave (and on a later post she shows you how to do that even on 4 harnesses:  When off the loom tuck the ends into the "tube" and whip closed.  Nice clear finish.  8-]

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

My SCA Device

This is the mini-tapestry of my device for the Laurel's Cope.  I'm unsure how to deal with the back of the tapestry.  I've only ever mounted mini-tapestries to be framed, never to be work on a garment as a badge, and I'm unsure what is required.



And here it is on the Laurel's Cope at Coronation.  8-]

Sneaking a try-out of the cope.  ;->

Monday, October 17, 2011

Fiber Frolic 2011 - Pictures

My sprang class -- all my serious students!

Steph finished her bag in class.


Rebekah all but finished her bag.  She worked on it all day.  That's dedication.  ;-]

Woody's fiber prep class:

There's Rebekah working away on her sprang.  ;->

The trick is to make the roving "unzip" from the drum just the way Woody demonstrated it.

Woody makes it look so easy.


Some other classes:
Tablet weaving

Some really kewl tablets made out of  Home Depot color chips...with hole protectors.


Bjeux tapestry

Spinning circle:

Dyeing station:

Felted scarves: 

Indigo Tye Dye:

Some of the merchants:

The end of a long, happy day:

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sprang Class - Fiber Frolic

Here's a pic of a student working on a sprang loom.  Note the cord pushed to the top.  Loom was warped in the easy figure-8, with a string to hold the cross pushed to the top.


Stretcher bars came and I'm putting the looms together.  Had to buy all new looms this time so I ordered smaller bars to keep the cost down.  Still plenty of room to weave.


Sample loom for the class on Sat.

250 wraps on the bobbins.  Enough for two sprang bags.  20 loops on the looms.  4 skewers, 4 string place holders.  Tapestry needles.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Woven-Felted Scarves

Here's the original concept -- felted bit added to a gauzy material to create a crinkle or seersucker effect:

Zen Garden

This is a loosly-woven scarf with filmy bits of roving felted on that wouldn't distort the matrix very much:

Starry Night

This is another loosly-woven scarf with more substancial felted bits.  The idea was to allow the felt to create a seersucker effect:

Stones in the Steam