Designing to Weave

All artists design their art the way that works for them. Designing to weave

My design process is all over the place. 

I see something I like and say to myself "I want to make that." So I save it somewhere and when it comes time to create, I forget where I put it. Then the search is on. 

Sometimes I pick out a pattern from one of the books I have. Other times I scour Facebook or Pinterest for patterns. 

Most of the time the colors I choose come from my stash. I don't collect yarn, I don't have the room so I only buy what I can store. Because I sew my handwoven fabric, I can experiment with color. My brain likes this method.

My brain doesn't stick with anything too long so winging it as I go along works for me. I don't' usually have problems finishing projects but I can't do the same project twice. Not knowing what is going to happen while I weave is often the fun of weaving. I get to see the fabric materialize right in front of my eyes. This process leaves the world of color open to my interpretation.

Once I decide the color and pattern, since I am disorganized, I create a warp of the colors I chose. I have often found myself running out of yarn in the middle of winding the warp. This becomes part of the design process and keeps it exciting! 

Once the warp is on the loom it gets even better. Generally, my purses take 12" of fabric. This makes color experimentation lots of fun! I don't plan stripes or blocks of color. I weave what I want. The entire process is an experiment and evolves as I weave. I start with a treadling plan then experiment as the fabric takes shape. These experimentations create the stripes and variations in my fabric.

Once the fabric is done, I cut it from the loom, I sew the ends on my machine and throw it in the washer and dryer. When it's dry, I press it and put it away until I get the pull to use it. 

Then the fun continues. Each purse is laid out on the fabric to best enhance the colors. Pockets are added, or not, depending on the feel I want. I like color (can you tell?) and will mix some up every once in a while with the straps, pockets, and linings. 

For me, the sewing can tax my patience. I have learned through years of practice that the pattern has to be simple. My offerings on this site are a testament to these years of practice. I learn as I weave without too much time given to the pre-planning. This is what works for me now. Tomorrow is another day...

What's your design process?


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