Halfway through my weaving project, I’ve been encouraged to post a blog, to help keep the world posted on my project.
I’ve set out to make a set of sash samples using the fingerweaving technique, representing the variety possible within this technique. There will be 8 samples in all, based on actual sashes found in museum collections across North America. Each sample will be aprox 18 inches (35 cm) long. The samples will be handed over to the Manitoba Museum. The project is supported by Manitoba Artists in Healthcare, and Manitoba Culture, Heritage, and Tourism.
I started in November, 2007. I have completed 3 of the pieces, and am working on number 4.
Here’s number one, from November, 2007. It’s a ‘W Pattern’. A Rindisbacher painting of life in the Red River Settlement depicts a Métis man probably wearing a sash of this pattern.
Number 2 was woven during the month of December, 2007. This piece is based on a sash in the Manitoba Museum collection, a classic ‘Long Flame’ pattern.
The third swatch is the ‘bias weave’ or ‘oblique’ method. White beads create the pattern.
The fourth sample is known as the double arrowhead.
These samples are all woven with a fine 2/8 worsted wool. I respun to tighten the twist, to help the wool stand up to the fingerweaving process.
Tomorrow, March 3, I will visit Friesen’s Press, to watch the pages of my book roll through the presses.