Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Student Work: More of Anthony's work

Anthony continued to show an interest in weaving, but it was time for him to relinquish the Dorothy to other students. I brought in Card Weaving, a book by Candace Crockett. Anthony chose a pattern, and made a warp using 5/2 perle cotton. He did some extra calculations to expand the weaving in width for a belt. We were both surprised and happy that the two sides of the piece are different.
Anthony is not only a good weaver, he is a good teacher. He took his cardweaving with him around the school, explaining the process, and 60 some other students were exposed to weaving.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Student Work : Anthony

As many of you know, I took a part time job last summer. I am now teaching sewing and other textile arts at a therapeutic boarding school. I absolutely love it!

When my students could not grasp the concept of grain, cross grain, bias and selvedges, I warped up my Dorothy loom and took it to school to demonstrate fabric construction. Anthony became very intrigued with weaving, and finished off the demo warp, weaving rag mug rugs from the selvedges and scraps of cotton fabric we were using in the classroom.

I then warped the loom with gray 2/4 merino/cashmere blend. The sett was 6 epi, plain weave. Anthony did a beautiful job of maintaining an even beat, and 6 picks/inch, and wove two scarves. The fabric fulled perfectly into a soft, luxurious scarf, and everyone in the class learned about wet finishing and fulling. Here he is modeling the two scarves before he gave them as gifts.

Now it was time to up the ante. Anthony loved the chenille scarves that I make to sell, and wanted to weave some too. We discussed the point that 16 ppi would take much longer to weave than 6 ppi, but he was willing to try. I brought in my warping board and some 1200yards/pound rayon boucle’. I showed him how to wind the warp on the board and how to make a chain. He finished preparing the warp all by himself.

Anthony threaded the reed and the heddles and then we wound on the warp. I should have helped him more with that, as the packing paper did not wind on perfectly straight. As the weaving progressed, a few selvedge ends slipped off the edge. We wedged an extra stick under the loose threads, and Anthony continued weaving. Once he was finished with the first scarf, we unwound the warp, and rewound it back on with more attention to the packing. Here he is modeling his red chenille scarf.

I am so proud of Anthony. He picked up the concepts of weaving immediately with only short demonstrations of the various parts of the process. He perservered through all of the frustrations of a misbehaving warp, and tedious weaving on a table loom. His scarves are beautiful and show his care and attention to detail. This is even more amazing when I tell you that when I first met Anthony he was very hyperactive. In our first sewing class together, he climbed out the classroom window and was break dancing on the floor! (he's going to kill me for mentioning this,lol)