I am really proud of myself this week! I have actually managed to get started on my scarf!
This week has been exam week at school, so I have had a little bit of free time to get some stuff done. Plus, I have a nice big long table at work, so it has been really easy for me to spread out my stuff and wind my warp and my weft. I decided to use the rayon yarn that I had left over from when I was still in college just because I really like the way that it dyes and handles. I was actually unsure if I was going to have enough as I only had two partial cones, but miraculously, I had enough for the scarf and I still have a little bit left over. It's not enough to make anything out of but still. Regardless, I am going to need to order more.
I also managed to get my weft dyed and I love the way the green turned out!
The warp has yet to be dyed. I'm hoping to get to it either tonight or tomorrow. I know that I want it to be blue and orange, but I am still kind of undecided as to what shades of blue and orange I want it to be. I think what I might due is mix my dyes tonight and then dye it tomorrow.
You would think all of the swatches that I have would help make my decision easier, but the truth of the matter is that I think it makes it more difficult!
I haven't had a very productive week. In all honesty, I've been running around like a crazy person. Things just keep popping up at work and at home and I haven't had any time to anything extra. So the warp and weft for my scarf are still not prepared and the way that things are going, they are not going to get done before next week. But, school is done for the semester next Tuesday, so after that, I will, or at least should, have some time to get more stuff done.
However, despite my lack of time to physically do anything, I have had some time to think about some things. I'm beginning to think more about a new body of work. The stuff that I have been doing just didn't make me feel like I was challenging myself and I wasn't super excited by it, but I think I have an idea of some things that will and I have some preliminary ideas in my head that I need to get out on paper. I know that I do want to work with bird imagery and bring in the watercolor on silk that I have been working with. But, I also know that I want to bring in hand embroidery and I'd love to bring in natural dyeing. However, I need to do more research in that particular area, especially because I predominantly want to work with black and white and as of right now, I am not sure what dye I could use to achieve a black or blackish color. I also really don't want to work with harsh mordant to achieve the color. It's just not something I'm interested in, but again, I need to do more research. Any tips would be appreciated.
And, I do have some good news! I have been hired as an adjunct instructor by Wayne Community College and will be teaching a section of Art Appreciation in the spring. I am really excited because teaching at the college level is one of the things that I would like to do one day and I feel like this is a step in the right direction.
I think that I have decided that the best way for me to get back into a groove is to start out doing something just for fun. So, I've decided that I am going to weave a scarf.
The next couple of days for me are going to be pretty busy, so I don't know if I will actually get to any weaving this weekend. But, I plan to get the warp wound and dyed on Monday.
I'm kind of excited! I was given this cone of nice cotton yarn and I think that is what I plan on using (if I have enough. If not, I will just use rayon). Also, I haven't gotten my floor loom quite set up, so I am going to use my table loom for this one, but I got the back beam fixed, so it should no longer keep popping off when I wind the warp forward.