Showing posts from January, 2014

'Fabrications: The Art of Fiber' at the I-Square Gallery, January 13-February 6

Featuring works by 17 artists from the Weavers' Guild of Rochester -- including me. The I-Square Gallery is at 693 Titus Avenue in Irondequoit (just a few businesses east of the House of Guitars) and the exhibit is free and open to the public. Most of the items on display will be for sale, including these: Hand-dyed top in silk/rayon velvet Vest in hand-dyed silk/rayon velvet with silk dupioni back panel Cotton tunic with shibori dyeing in walnut Kimono in shibori-dyed Habotai silk The hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. till 2 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. Email me at or Zanne Brunner at for more information. An opening reception takes place on Friday, January 17, from 7 till 9 p.m. And a postscript: There will be trunk sales! More information to come.

Collapse Weave: I Finally Realized the Error of My Ways

And I really like it! The photo above shows some collapse-weave fabric, just taken off the loom and washed, that clearly has two distinct textures. If you look closely, the top 1/3 of the piece is slightly more dense and darker in color, with an emphasis on the dark stripes. The section at the bottom 2/3 of the photo features the blue/green stripes and is slightly looser and broader. Why? It took me a while to figure this out. Simply put, I changed the weft -- and thought that there would be little difference in the outcome. The warp is hand-painted 60/2 silk and the weft is a super-fine overtwist wool. The difference: the weft used at the top of the photo was a 2-ply overtwist wool from Habu. The weft at the bottom of the photo was a Z-twist wool from the Handweaver's Studio and Gallery in London. BIG difference between the two and I intend to exploit this when I make the garment. Here are a few more views:  The fabric when it's dry  Closeup of the same A