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Experiment weaving rag rug-style with old shoelaces. Using a single shoelace per shot seems to work out best, but then I have to deal with the ends…

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Between moving back east and not having internet for a while, I’ve dropped off, but I’ve still been making. More to come.

More waulking - a song in Gaelic.

A waulking, or traditional method of fulling woolen fabric with movement in time to traditional Scottish folk songs. This was at Marshfield School of Weaving this past summer.

Variations on Finnish Diamond in cotton

Jacquard loom at work

Trip to Family Heirloom Weavers in Red Lion, PA.

Studio and work of Barbara Zaretsky of BZDesign in Asheville, North Carolina. Barbara block prints with natural dyes on handwoven silk. She is also director of the the adjacent studio/workshop, Cloth Fiber Workshop, which offers classes in fibers.

Traveling east now - we were in New Orleans and visited the shop of Ronda Rose of the Louisiana Loom Works at 616 Chartres Street. Ronda designs and weaves custom rag rugs for her clients. The maximum available width is ten feet and all of her rugs are machine washable. Beautiful shop amazingly situated in the middle of the French Quarter.

A weaver-friend came into visit Ronda while we were there - turns out Dan had played music with her before - Weaver-fiddler Daron from the By & By String Band!

Wool warp, alpaca weft

My friend Loretta's rug

Trading room at the R. B. Burnham Trading Post in Sanders, AZ

I visited the R. B. Burnham Trading Post in Sanders, Arizona at the urging of Ed Chamberlain, curator at the Hubbell Trading Post. In addition to offering rugs, jewelry and other native crafts for sale, this post also offers a huge selection of churro yarns, many hand-dyed with natural dyes. These natural dyed colors are the basis of the Burntwater style of rugs. Regrettably, the company or individual who was previously dying for R. B. Burnham has gone out of business and they are currently selling the remains of their stock in these extraordinary colors.

The rug room at Hubbell Trading Post

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