Ever wonder how the fabric is woven? Here is a short demonstration via YOU TUBE of me weaving at the AVL fly-shuttle loom.
I often get asked about my process. Materials and ideas come together and result in a finished piece. There are many decisions that are made along the way. The picture below is a photo editorial of my creative process. It starts with the yarn, then fabric and textures ad leads to the finished piece. Areana Cirina is the lovely model in this photo taken by Photographer Kendra Martin.
How would you portray your creative process?
It starts with color. I design a color way and plan for 100 yards. From this warp I can create different fabrics that are related to each other by the warp colors. Once the fabric is off of the loom, it is washed and dried. The fulling process allows the fabric to bloom. I roll the fabric out on my 8 foot cutting table and determine where to layout the pattern pieces. Sometimes, stripes are at one end of the yardage for the yoke of a jacket, but the sleeves must be cut at the other end of the yardage. The pattern pieces are of my own design. I assess the variables in my customer’s figure and adjust the pattern for a custom fit. I design for real women of all shapes and sizes.
Chenille fabric is a challenge to weave and sew. My goal is to make a garment that will last, so I take the time to cut, serge, stabilize, under stitch and hem. All of this work is in the foundation of the garment. The end results is a well-made, soft comfortable garment.
Recently, I have acquired a new tool in my studio. It was made to do one thing, but I saw the potential to use it in another way. This innovation has allowed me to develop a signature technique that is found in my “Ruffled Edge” series. It is a design detail that co-ordinates with the handwoven fabric to create a unique look.
The scarves and shawls I weave are warped by hand on a warping board. Color thoughts stream from my mind/eye/brain to my hands as each thread is measured out. The color transitions blend across the warp in a painterly way. It takes longer to wind a warp this way, but it allows me to build a color story.
In my studio, there are 12 pairs of scissors, 3 sergers, three sewing machines, and 4 looms. With these tools, I weave, cut, sew and design.