When taking a class I like to work on similar projects on my looms at home. It helps reinforce what I am studying in class. Here is a chenille scarf on my Schacht Might Wolf.
I found I had too few colors in chenille to make a colorful scarf, so I dyed a grey chenille. I love ProChem dyes, a little soda ash, salt and warm water!
Chenille Jacket Completed
Last week the fabric was on the loom.
The fabric was cut in half, joined at the selvages at the back and the sides. It's a simple pattern, but not easy with handwoven chenille. Chenille can be a challenging fabric. It tends to unravel so easily. The mending zigzag on the sewing machine worked best to keep the chenille fabric from returning to yarn!
Detail of the sleeve
When tackling a new skill, sometimes the best way is to take a course! Last winter I bought a Schacht's Mighty Wolf loom and it was a little overwhelming! I took a weaving class at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center in Birmingham, MI. This spring I was awarded a grant from the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild to continue my studies. Now I'm back at the BBAC to learn how to work with chenille yarns and make a sampler of weave structure
My instructor, Sue Walton, is knowledgeable, clear in her instruction, unflappable and able to solve or redirect any weaving problem. Perfect!
In the classroom setting you learn from the other students and watch how their projects are created and woven. Several of the women in my class are longtime, talented weavers. It's so inspiring!
My First Project: Chenille fabric for a short jacket. The fabric has a great feel and drape and I'm pleased with the color. I expect to have the fabric off the loom this week. The next challenge is to cut and sew the fabric into the jacket I have in mind. Thank goodness I have a serger sewing machine to finish edges!
Next post? Perhaps I'll be showing a finished jacket. No pressure though. It's all a learning process.
I am Terrie Voigt, and I'm a textile and glass artist. I create art in both mediums and at times combine textiles with glass to create multi-media pieces or wearable art with glass closures.