March 28, 2012

I just found the coolest tool at  It reads as if it's a new thing, but who knows.  It's a Weaving calculator.  For those of us who are becoming more and more math impaired, this is a good thing.

Thank you, Weavolution.  And by the way,  I really love the Cyber-Fiber weaving class idea.


March 23, 2012

I've been dying more loopers.  This time I'm using Procion MX dye.  I love the colors, but the process is tedious, so far.  Got to figure out an easier way to do this. 

Last night, I took one of the more natural colored loops and one of the natural loops that has a grey strand running through it and pulled them apart to look at the fibers.  Then today, I called the manufacturer to see what those fibers are.  As I suspected, the fiber in the more natural loop is polyester.  The grey strand in the other loop is acryllic.  That's why it doesn't take the dye very well.   So, now time to research to see what kind of dye might work better on the mix of cotton and acryllic.  Or, maybe those will just remain natural and grey.

Good news from the manufacturer:  They're starting to weave some wool socks.  I'm told that they are also a natural color with a little yellow tint to them and they are "mostly" wool.  So, must have some poly or acryllic in them. 

I'm thinking that I'll be ready to make another run to the plant in a few weeks.  Wonder if anyone will want to go with me this time.  Think about it.  Wool loops!   I wonder.. can you felt a looper rug?  

March 14, 2012

Lessons from the Jurying process

I have just recently tried for the 2nd time in my weaving life to join an organization that requires you to turn in samples of your work which are scrutinized (Juried)  to determine if your work is up to the organization's standards.  And for the 2nd time, I didn't make it.  My reaction this time, though, was entirely different. Thank goodness.

Last time, I was devestated.  They didn't like my work.  I vowed to never go through that experience again and was depressed for months.  How could they not like my cute bags, I thought.  Then, I pulled out the documents that I had been given which described the jurying process, what items I should submit, and what materials were acceptable and not.  I had failed to pay close attention to these documents befoe turning in my sample bags.  And, there was my problem.  If I had read the materials list, I might have made better choices when finishing each bag.  For each of my sample bags, I had used a material that was prohibited. 

That takes me to the present, it's been several years since that experience, and after bolstering up my courage, I submitted 5 samples of my work to be juried for membership in a large regional guild.  I have just this week been notified that again my work was not accepted.  But, here's the change.  This time, I disappointed, but eager to learn what had prevented my selection and what could I do to change my work in order to gain acceptance next time.  I an energized and ready to start 5 new projects.   I like making  and showing my bags.  They're different from what you normally see at craft shows.  Plus, they sell, which tells me that people do like them. I even get special orders for a several of my more standard designs.  But, here is what I learned (Hopefully!!) through this week's experience:
It's all in the details!

I find that I get so close to an item as I make it, that I just don't see the little things that ultimately made the difference this time around. So, I'm going to fix the details that were in need of fixing for each purse and will post them for sale on my shop (  Then, it's time to get back to the design table to make plans for 5 new projects, which I will turn in on the next Jurying date in the fall.  And, this time, I WILL make it.

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