Thoughts on my final fibers final…

First of all, it’s REALLY WEIRD to think this is my last final for fibers…ever…

I am working in a group with two other girls for my final. I’m kind of excited about it. 🙂 The basic premise is creating a fairy tale, child-like garden using fabric and paper alterations and weaving techniques. I don’t have any images or anything to post because we haven’t started anything yet. This is more of a brainstorming session for me.

One of the things we’ve decided we want to do is weave a cloque piece that will resemble moss. So we’ll be using wool and silk in greens and yellows. We’re not really sure how much we need just yet. I’ve done some simple calculations using the weaving calculator I discovered a while ago at Haley Studio. It’s not exactly how I do my weaving calculations, but it gives me a basic idea of how much yarn I will need and all that stuff. It’s super handy. 🙂

So I’ve done some calculations for the woven moss. We’re also planning on sewing flowers out of fabric. My mom lent me this book a while back (which I returned…and now I need again) called Fabric Manipulations. It has all kinds of cool looking stuff in it. I’m probably going to borrow that again and find some versions of flowers. One of the girls pulled out her Anthropologie catalog and we looked through that for some ideas. In the March issue, there was a snake that was woven out of paper. It was pretty cool looking and we’d like to make something like him. We’ve each done some sketches but nothing is certain yet. I think we’re all scared of being too forceful about what we want. But we’re communicating pretty well so far so I think that’s good. And when we’ve sat down and talked about it, we all pretty much want the same things and are all willing to incorporate things that the others want. It’s a big project, but I think it’ll be beautiful if we can pull it off. 🙂

I can’t wait until I have more concrete ideas/pictures/thoughts to share with you. Be looking forward to it!
~JoAnna

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After a rather long absence…

Yes, I’ve been gone for a while. Sorry! I’ve got 18 hours this semester, had spring break a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been sick for the past few days. 😦 I am determined to write about SOMETHING though!

First of all, a follow up to my last post. I attempted dyeing a warp using the Jacquard Pigment dyes. It…didn’t really work…Well it did, but I’m not really satisfied with the results. All the colors (green, purple and blue) kind of muddied together and turned grey-ish…Oh well. The main thing is that I am not sure it’ll remain colorfast. These dyes, since they are technically pigment, need to be heat set. I tried that to an extent, but the yarns were really wet and weren’t drying. So my plan is to warp as normal, weave as normal and then when I take the scarves off the loom, I’ll put them in the dryer for a while and THEN wash them out. 🙂 Hopefully it will work.

Oh also, I attempted dyeing a ball of yarn. I think it would have gone better if I hadn’t tried to scour it in the washing machine (haaaa…), had paid better attention to the directions and wound the ball LOOSELY instead of very tight and dipped the ball instead of pouring dye onto it. Lessons learned.:)

Okay. This picture is from Craftzine.com. I found it while stumbling. I have been planning on starting an “herb” garden for a while. This is just one idea I had for how to go about it. I was talking to Ben’s mom the other day about herbs and she said that they actually make good house plants. I may also just buy some pots or a big pot and plant them in there. 🙂 I’m super excited but it’s not happening until we move because I don’t want to try to move even MORE plants across the country. Anyway, this post is brief, but I’m getting sleepy and need to rest up to get better! 🙂
 ~JoAnna

Dyeing warp yarn non traditionally

I’m in search of way to dye a cellulose warp (i.e. plant fiber. Cotton, linen, rayon, etc) I’m completely determined that I don’t have to buy Procion MX dyes. De. Ter. Mined. However, I have yet to discover how this is possible…

I would like to try the Jacquard Pigment Dyes that Dahrma Trading Co. carries. Mom has some of these so I may try that sometime soon.

From my understanding, Kool-Aid dyeing doesn’t work on cellulose fibers. Boo! 😦

This idea has been in my head for a long time. I’m not really sure what my aversion to buying Procion dyes is about…I just don’t think it’s necessary. I want to try it with something else.

It would be great if I could find something to use from my kitchen. That’s why I went through my natural dye stage.

Anyway, I don’t know anything, I haven’t found anything for certain, but I want to figure this out. 🙂

I posted a question to Weavolution (I believe it was in the It’s a Good Day to Dye group forum) a while ago asking if anyone had tried the pigment dyes on yarn. All I got was, “No. But it wouldn’t work because it would alter the hand. Read the disclaimer/instructions/information on the website.” Then how does it NOT effect the hand of the silk scarves that my mom dyes by hand using the pigment dyes? I might actually have the time this weekend to do this! I hope so. I’m supposed to be working on dyeing this warp right now, but I don’t want to interrupt the demo in the surface 1 class.

I should go work on altered fabrics. 🙂

~JoAnna

Looong week

It’s been a loooong, busy week. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been on BREAK! 🙂 I wove up a total of 6 scarves this week. Oh my…My back is soooo tired. But I’m proud of them and I think they all look good. I’ll try to post pictures soon. I’ve gotta finish twisting the fringe on the last one.

I still have some homework I have to do before next week, but I don’t think it’ll take long.
~JoAnna

Aaaaannnd I'm…back…

Oh my. I know I’m being ridiculous, but I discovered that since I’ve been using WordPress (which is really only about a week) it’s been driving me away from blogging. Well…I’ve been trying to learn to read signs in myself better and I know for a fact (When it comes to weaving anyway) if something is driving me away from weaving, I have to figure out what it is and deal with it. In weaving, that can mean throwing an entire warp away. In this case, it appears to mean that I use a (perhaps) inferior blogging website. I’m a creature of comfort. I like things to be comfortable. For whatever reason I find blogger more comfortable.

Hopefully this will be my last mental blog breakdown and switch…At least until I need a website for my studios. Which I don’t think is going to happen for a year or two…The point is, I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

Thanks for bearing with  me.
~JoAnna

Could I have more mental issues?!

Yes…But we’re focusing on this one.

I think…I’m switching back to Blogger. *lol* I know, ridiculous. If anyone is actually following my blog, they’re probably thinking, “Just make up your mind!!” I think this is it though. (Well…until I need an actual website for studios. Then perhaps I’ll be here)

I’ve decided that for whatever reason, I prefer Blogger. I’m more comfortable with the interface, I can pretty much do everything that I can on WordPress. (Just has different words that mean the same thing. I can even create pages which I didn’t know)

I really like that Blogger is connected to Google. I don’t have to have another account to keep up with. It automatically logs me in to either my email or my blog dashboard when I log into one or the other.

Anyway, thanks for bearing with me as I confuse the every living crap out of my readers and myself.
~JoAnna

Cool Tools

I recently ordered a fringe twister from Yarn Barn KS and it came today!
I gotta say, I’m beginning to get some pretty cool tools. It’s exciting. Recently I’ve gotten:
A mini end feed shuttle (Oh the ordeal that was!!)
A ball winder – A Royal (brand) from a thrift store for $3 bucks!
A fringe twister – It’s gonna save my poor fingers!
Ben is currently working on building me a bobbin winder. We looked at the one at school and he took some measurements and then made the wood part in about an hour or less. (probably less) It’s made out of Mahogany. Umm…Amazing. I’m so excited. Anyway, he glued it up on Sunday night and then he’s gonna give that part and the plans to his dad so HE can do all the mechanical stuff. Perhaps soon I’ll have my very own, handmade bobbin winder. It’ll be really pretty.
I also have a handmade warping board which I prefer over the LeClerc ones that we have at school. The pegs are closer together and the whole thing is shorter so it doesn’t hurt my back to wind warp off.  Here are some pictures of all the tools that I mentioned. 🙂 Enjoy.

~JoAnna