Over the years I have incorporated weaving in other mediums done as a student, teacher and professional artist.
During my Southwest Period, fiber found it's way into pottery pieces. The influence of Navaho weavers, their history and craftsmanship for developing wool from sheep to fiber became an integral part of several mixed media art pieces.
Still today, the colors and designs continue to influence choices I make. In many ways, the Southwest influence will always be a favorite for making jewelry, clothing, and art.
I always thought I wanted a large 'Floor Loom', but space and commitments to other 'Art Forms', and jobs took precedence. Now, I am over the large loom and all that it entails...which is a lot.
I am now more interested in the weaving of my pioneer ancestors. They were weavers of cloth for home and hearth.
So, it is safe to say that repurposing fabric scraps, old clothes, sheets and more into rag rugs and other home and hearth items is built in to my DNA. However, much to my surprise, I have taken a rather conservative approach in starting another 'Fabric Art Form' even though it is of great interest to me. With this basically new interest, I am starting small with a home made loom.
Yep, it is a repurposed picture frame with the warp being held in place by nails and the weave secured around curtain rods. The rods are an important part of the loom when weaving in the ancient art of 'Twining'.
I am drawn to this weave because it covers the warp completely and creates a more interesting texture than the typical over and under style. I also like the way it changes the patterned fabric strips as they are woven. So, are you wondering when I will make the jump from a 12x16 repurposed loom to a honest to goodness real 'Twining Loom'?
This Adjustable Twining Loom' for Rugs, Place Mats or Table Runners
in Solid Maple and Hand Made in Pennsylvania
is on it's way to Texas.
It's a 'Loom Dream' come true.