As you may recall, I took a weaving class at MassArt in Boston this summer. It was one of the best experiences I have ever had! I finally learned enough about weaving to feel confident using my own big treadle loom at home, which I've been doing pretty much non-stop ever since the class got out. I also loved having the excuse to drive up to Boston a couple of times each week and explore. The students in my class were friendly and had a lot of great advice for me about the area, but they were also focused and driven to learn, which was awesome.
The MassArt weaving facilities were incredible (somewhat beyond my wildest dreams). I had seen them through the window last fall when I took a graduate open house tour and was honored to use them this summer. Here is one of three weaving rooms.
This yarn closet reminds me of Ollivander's wand shop. Don't you think?
Here is the loom I used during the class. This is part of my final project--it's sort of an overshot weave.
I wove this bag at home on my little rigid heddle loom for a friend's birthday gift. I used various techniques--pick up, but also bits of techniques from backstrap weaving, and other things that occurred to me as I went along. There is some twill, some rib, and so forth.
And here, finally, are a couple images of a scarf (one of a series for the shop) that I'm weaving on my own loom at home. It's a honeysuckle overshot weave, made with lovely bamboo (excellent drape and hand, beautiful sheen, eco-something-or-other) in a goldenrod color and crisp white cotton.
I can't wait to see how the scarves come out! It's a very time-intensive process for many reasons. Overshot takes forever anyway, and then the sett is 24 epi, and my loom requires regular tweaking to maintain a respectable shed, etc., etc., but I'm listening to lots of NPR and weaving constantly. And I love it.
Yours, Louisa Merry