Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tapestry Cuffs

Here are the two tapestry cuffs woven on my Mirrix loom. The colored yarns are hand dyed silk cords. The cuff on the left used two weft yarns throughout the weaving, blending colors together to create a rich cloth. The other cuff introduced me to 5 different tapestry techniques, using a single weft. I really enjoyed this one and look forward to doing more tapestry on a larger scale with wool yarns that I have dyed.

Claudia Chase, owner of Mirrix Looms, is currently working on a new online tapestry course, which I will definitely take. Meanwhile, my next project will be making another bracelet where I learn to warp the loom so that there are no warps to finish off when the piece is taken off of the loom. I am extremely interested is this technique, because I ultimately want to weave a series of 4 selvage wedge weave tapestries, inspired by the work of Michael Rohde.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Felt Beads

I recently took a class on making felt beads at New England Felting Supply. I had a really fun time, in addition to seeing one of my artist friends, Cheryl. These are my completed beads, awaiting for just the right material to string them and complete the necklace. I ordered some Italian Mesh Ribbon today, thinking that might be just perfect, not to mention a nice contrast in materials and texture.Stay tuned for the finished necklace later this week.

Monday, September 03, 2012

New Bracelets

I finished the first bracelet woven on my new Mirrix Loom. I really enjoyed weaving it and look forward to many more to come. I think I will try the Tapestry Cuff next. Not only do I love wearing cuffs, but that project will introduce me to the process of tapestry, which I intend to explore more of on an artistic level in the months to come.

This next JPEG is a set of stackable bangles that I made using a variety of techniques. Most of these are a quick, easy approach to making some new jewelry for my wardrobe. The wrapped beaded bracelet in multi-colored blue size 8/0's seed beads, is my favorite of these.