Pics to Picks 2 – a weaving challenge

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P2P2 – The big reveal

So today is the day of the ‘big reveal’ for the P2P2 challenge.

Back in May I signed up and received my partner and then the pictures to inspire me. And inspire me they did….I just didn’t have enough time to explore them all.

My first attempt didn’t progress beyond the first weaving – not for lack of interest. Here is my original blog post.

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I like the colours, and I’m happy that I did the loose weaving. Weaving loosely has also been an inspiration for me lately. I started because of a discussion about leaving more space in my life – for weaving, for life, for the summer months – and that fit with the spiritual connection that this photo implies…

The second photo that I decided to play with was the one of the apples.

I liked my first thought about the apples and the indented holder and trying out some collapse weave. Would the ‘apples’ bubble out as I thought? Would the wool that I had on hand felt enough? How close to set the warp, how to weave….

So, you will see the initial set-up on the loom on my post here.

I started weaving pretty much as I saw the photo – crate, apples, crate, apples – quite symmetrical.

P2P2 Apples

I soon had other ideas and wanted to play – SAORI style. So, the first thing I tried was taking some green weft threads and leaving them long and extended out the left side of the weaving and then threaded them through the reed and heddles and added weights so that they would become warp threads. I was thinking of apples tumbling out of the box….though the result didn’t really turn out that way!

P2P2 Apples

I added more green threads to the left-hand side, then some purple until I had one further square (apple) on the left side.

Then I felt that the right side looked a little rigid and so I started decreasing on that side. Cutting the warp threads at the back and turning them into weft. Then both sides…

P2P2 Apples

Weft becomes warp and warp becomes weft. Fun!

Results on the loom – hmmm….. not so sure.

P2P2 Apples

Then I ran out of warp – I hadn’t made a very long one. I didn’t intend this to be the last piece – and it won’t be (another is already on the loom) – but it is where I am at today for the ‘Big Reveal’.

This is the piece after washing, washing in the machine, drying in the dryer, washing again, drying again. Quite a transformation!

P2P2 Apples

P2P2 Apples

I’m so pleased that the apples did pop up and the purple ‘crate’ felted. I realize that I made the crate too big and the apples too small to be a replication of the photo – but that wasn’t really the intent anyway, especially after the first 3 squares 🙂

I have ended up with a little neck scarf that I’m rather happy with.

So here, at last, are my final pictures.

P2P2 Apples

I am thinking that I’ll get a big apple green button to sew partway up wider end and then tie the fringe of the narrow end together into a button loop so that I can just hook it on to wear the scarf.

P2P2 Apples

P2P2 Apples

Thanks Meg for organizing this. Thanks Kaz for the inspirational photos (I still have more ideas) and thanks to the others for sharing their work – very interesting ideas, approaches and works in progress. Looking forward to seeing the ‘reveal’ post of others.

To read more you can see the reveal and the journey posts of everyone here.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Exploring apples…. (p2p2)

I have picked up another thread of the P2P2 project and am exploring the photo of the apples from CuriousWeaver.

P2P2 - apples

I originally had the idea of collapse weave and wanted to pursue that. So I have made a warp with wool and cotton – hoping that the wool will shrink and felt – and the cotton – not so much. I would have liked having something like bamboo for the green, but wanted to use what was on hand.

I started with just the brighter green for the granny smith apples and then added in the lighter one for the highlights.

Warped and ready to play…..(note that the colours in the first photo are more the true colours – not sure how to adjust these to get the purple so that is not so blue…)

P2P2 - apples

Interesting that my first bit of weaving seems to want to be regular and symmetric like the photo…

P2P2 - apples

I can already feel the ideas coming – so now do some experimentation…wish I had made a longer warp!!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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P2P2

P2P2 – Pics (as in pictures) to Picks (a pick is a single row of weaving) 2 (as in the second time this has been done). Well, now that I have the definition out of the way…..

P2P2 is really a “Weaving Design Process Challenge” that Meg in Nelson (New Zealand) has called together. I saw a post about it just at the last minute and put my name in.

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The first part of this challenge that I am working on is to “Collect three (or more if you like, but no more than around six) photographs/clipping/drawing to inspire a weaver.” Once I have these together, I send them off to my partner – Chewiedox in Ohio.

And then I wait with anticipation for images to arrive to inspire me from Kaz – aka Curiousweaver – in Australia (who, by the way, is also a Saori weaver and has just set up the first Saori weaving studio in Australia).

Here is the link to the original P2P to get an idea of what people did last time.

You can follow my progress with this project by searching on my blog for P2P2 as I will tag all posts with this. And you can follow others progress by clicking over to their blog, website or Flickr photostream here.

Should be fun doing some Saori exploring and weaving with some photos/images/drawings – or whatever shows up from my partner. I’ll keep you posted!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

PS – If you want to learn more about Saori weaving and see if there is someone in your area, please have a look at SAORI Global and the network of Saori studios.