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Artist Crush – Art Scarves

If you have been following me on Facebook and Instagram, you’ve seen a lot more of what I’ve been working on. My plan is to do a series of posts to show more of the process of my projects. It’s both for me to document what I did and for you, in case you want to know what I’ve put into it or if you want to try something yourself. I would love to hear what you think, so don’t hesitate to comment below.

If you know anything about me, you know that I’ll go on a project tear and I develop some serious artist crushes. I’ll get really super obsessed with an another artist’s work and have, have, HAVE to try it. It can be in fiber, on paper, or with pixels (pixels are FREE!). Sometimes I finish it before the next muse shows up, sometimes I don’t. I’ve learned to stop worrying about that and choose smaller projects that stand a chance of being completed.

This is something I finished:

If you love that as much as I do and you’re a weaver, go on and sign up for UrbanGypz’s Art Weaving Beyond the Basics. I’ll wait for you. *grin* I’ve been reading Stacey’s newsletters for quite some time and I had, had, HAD to do this! The weaving bug hit me while The Boyfriend and I were moving. (I saw a pretty weaving video, I unpacked my studio, I became consumed by the wool fumes, had to buy this, really wanted to drop everything and weave, stop judging me.)

Stacey is super awesome, both as an artist and as a teacher. I learned so much watching her demonstrate each technique and even what she was working on for herself. This is either my recipe for success or disaster. I’ll let you decide that for yourself:

Watch Stacey’s free weaving videos. Become obsessed.

Buy UrbanGypz’s Art Weaving Beyond the Basics because I must have all. the. information.

Move house and be forced to wait until much later to watch the rest of the videos.

#homesweethome

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(By the way, I’m not affiliated with any of the links in this post. I’m just a mildly obsessed fangirl.)

Unpack the yarn and warp that loom!

Time to play with Loomikins! #Weaving

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For the technical specs of my scarf, the yarn was just remnants of all kinds of yarn I had left over from other projects. I used longer little bits for the warp and tiny little bits in the weft. I used all kinds of yarns too. Cheap wool/acrylic to novelty stuff. There’s handspun and commercial in there. Loomikins is a 24” Ashford rigid heddle loom. I used the 7.5 heddle.

Start weaving and playing with the techniques!

And so it begins… #Weaving

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The yarn at the top was some left over ruffle yarn. It made for some really interesting texture. Since I’m not an expert weaver by any means, the class was very enlightening. I decided to use every technique she showed in the class. It may have been overkill from a design standpoint, but boy, was that ever FUN! I love how it came out.

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To finish it off, get some beads with a hole big enough to stick the yarn through. That seriously blinged it up.

Bling and texture close up
Bling and texture close up

I guess as cliché as it sounds, just have fun with it. You really can’t screw it up that bad. Use a few yards of your better yarn in it. Take a chance and put random colors together. You won’t be able to judge it until you take if off the loom and wet finish it. It’s amazing how it’ll make it come alive. Give it a shot! I think you’ll find it a lot of fun!

(This was originally posted on the old Yay for J in an article called, “Artist Crush – Art Scarves”. Since the website deconstruction, that post is no longer available.)