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Finishing out October

I’m closing out October with 9 finished pieces. My plan is to get enough ahead of my goals that I can spend some time weaving not-for-sale items, such as a transparency or two. So I managed to fringe and wet finish a few more pieces.

I beamed the 10/2 tencel red-orange-yellow warp I’d hand painted earlier this month. I loved it going on the loom.

beaming the red orange yellow hand painted warp

I’d been waiting to try a few things. One was a draft that I was calling ‘wobbly eyes.’ 'wobbly eyes' weaving draft

The other was experimenting some more with creating iridescence with color. So I chose an 8/2 periwinkle tencel weft. I was not in love with it on the loom, nor after it was all done.

hand painted red-orange-yellow scarf with periwinkle

I wasn’t happy with this while it was on the loom, and finally remembered to listen to my own advice: either color or weave pattern can be the star of a piece, but if you combine the two they just fight with each other and it rarely ends well. So I cut the scarf off the loom and rethreaded for a simple point twill. I chose a dark red rayon 8/2 weft. I knew on the loom that this would work, and I was right. Due at least in part to the season, I’m calling this scarf Red Maple. (Note that the colors aren’t quite as intense as they appear in the photo.)

hand painted Red Maple scarf

I thought I had enough warp left for 2 short cowls. I was wrong – there was only enough for 1, but this turned out to be my favorite of the 3: Golden Maple.

hand painted Golden Maple scarf

In fact I liked it so much that I wore it to the NYS Climate Summit I attended yesterday.

Right now I’m getting an almost-redo shawl warp on the loom. It’s 8/2 cotton and a fine vintage synthetic treated as a single thread in the heddles.

cotton and syntheic warp on back beam

It’s an almost-redo because I couldn’t find any of the ‘lumpy’ cotton yarn I’d used as weft last time, so I bought the closest thing I could find. We’ll see how it turns out.

Completely unrelated, some weeks ago a friend introduced me to a local dance class. Actually, I invited myself to go along with her. I. Am. Hooked. This is a soul line dance class, offered in a rec center in the city. The women in the class are so welcoming, the dancing is great fun, and unlike lots of other exercises I’ve tried, this one doesn’t hurt my knee. I often make mistakes when a new dance is introduced – which happens every single week – but it’s all good. When I get home I watch YouTube videos of the new dances and learn them as the week goes on. So I get more exercise every day. I am having a GREAT time AND losing weight – win-win! Here’s a clip of one of the newer dances, one that gets the heart rate up, especially if you do it several times in a row. Enjoy!

4 comments to Finishing out October

  • Judy T

    Peg – your dance class looks like it’d be a ball! How fun! Thanks for sharing the video.
    Ahhhh …. YES…. the golden maple is spectacular! What a great thing to wear to a climate summit.
    Your wobbly eyes is a really intriguing design but is too strong for me… almost makes me feel dizzy to look at for more than a few seconds… wonder what that says about me.
    I do love the look of your hand painted warp on the loom and love how the colors of each piece often speak to you so that naming them just comes naturally.

    • Peg Cherre

      Judy – The dance class is lots of fun, even when I make mistakes. I’ve always loved to dance, so it’s the perfect fit. Thanks for the compliments on the hand painted scarves.

  • Oh what great fun! Music is a wonderful thing. Love the scarves. How was the climate change meeting?

    • Peg Cherre

      Theresa – Music IS wonderful, isn’t it?! The Climate Summit was ok. The morning keynote speaker was very good, but after that things went downhill. Although I wanted to hear the afternoon keynote, I left right before lunch, as my butt had had enough of sitting in hard chairs.

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