textiles

Today I went to the Post Office

Today I went to the Post Office

on23 January 2013 / in weaving

I biked to the Post Office to mail necessary business letters and I found a treat in my mail box! Yep, my mommy loves me. She sent me all my favorite colours!

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Cleaning up the studio – Old and Glowy Things

Cleaning up the studio – Old and Glowy Things

on22 January 2013 / in fashion, weaving

I wove this fabric in 2006 from flouerscent surveyors string. It takes 1 hour to twill weave 1″ of fabric and tie in the color coordinating fringe. In total the final dress required 120″ of fabric. It was well worth the time and effort as Day Glo Weave won first place in Surface Designs Fashion Competition in 2007.

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Warp Madness

Warp Madness

on20 January 2013 / in weaving

Chains of Conductivity Twisted Warp two hours later Finally!

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No more warp thread!

No more warp thread!

on19 January 2013 / in weaving

At 11 PM last night I realized I didn’t have enough of the orange tencel to complete the last 3 inches of this warp. So I went to bed. in the morning’s light I’ve selected a few options from my stash. Desperation is the motivator for much of my innovations. a selection of possibilities getting closer neon orange twine, peachy […]

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Winding a New Warp

Winding a New Warp

on18 January 2013 / in weaving

The warp threads are the long threads that feed thru the heddles of the loom.  They are the 1 and 0’s of the fabric computer and create the pattern in the fabric. the vertical purple cotton threads is the warp. This is a plain weave one shaft up (1) and one shaft down (0). The next row will reverse with […]

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Sewing Tools – Thread Snips!

Sewing Tools – Thread Snips!

on17 January 2013 / in sewing

My favorite thread snips are from Golden Eagle and about $14/dozen on eBay. I keep a pair at every machine, loom and threading station. BONUS – the blade is less than 3″ long so you can take them on the plane! I just ordered more from eBay and ….. the handles are colors!

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How to Weave eTextiles

How to Weave eTextiles

on15 January 2013 / in eTextile, weaving

Way back in April 2012 I was writing an article on how to weave LEDs into a conductive thread warp. I was frustrated that I couldn’t share the progress on the interwebz. In my tech world I support open source and creative commons. Yet, with media and competitions I have to respect first rights of publication. Its a difficult balancing […]

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Today on my Workbench

Today on my Workbench

on11 January 2013 / in weaving

Its time to wind a new warp and dress Holly for Conductive Fabric Sample #3! But first I have to wet finish Sample #2 to measure for shrinkage, test its hand and see the finish. To accomplish that I must first find the sink So that I can clean the dishes. Then clean off the cutting table so the fabric […]

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Weaving Conductive Fabric Sample #1

Weaving Conductive Fabric Sample #1

on9 January 2013 / in weaving

cotton mint warp with lavender cashmere weft Mistakes in the warp threading as well as the weft make the fabric unacceptable for this specific project. However it is super sexy in its simplicity. I’ll reserve final judgement until after I wet finish the fabric.

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weaving progress – conductive fabric

weaving progress – conductive fabric

on6 January 2013 / in weaving

Plain weave of fantasy fabrics, beads and LEDs. 20 inches done 50 more to go!

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Handwoven Conductive Fabric

Handwoven Conductive Fabric

on4 January 2013 / in weaving

Handwoven double plainweave with fantasy yearns, LEDs and beads. This electrically conductive fabric will be used to craft a couture dress that will be shown at Tasmeem Doha Qatar March 2013.

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Weaving Terminology – Heddles

Weaving Terminology – Heddles

on1 January 2013 / in weaving

“Each thread in the warp passes through a heddle,which is used to separate the warp threads for the passage of the weft. The typical heddle is made of cord or wire and is suspended on a shaft of a loom.”wikipedia If you miss threading a heddle your fabric won’t be what you think.

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Honorable Mention at Wearable Expressions

Honorable Mention at Wearable Expressions

on22 February 2008 / in fashion, textiles

  I won an honorable mention for Day Glo Weave at Palos Verde’s Wearable Expressions Competition!      

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