Archive for May, 2008

May update

May 19, 2008

It’s been a busy time. Those of you who get the Beaver Magazine may have noticed the article on page 9 of the current issue. It’s about my weaving project at the St Boniface General Hospital, sponsored by Manitoba Heritage, and Manitoba Artists in Healthcare.A story about Carol on pg 9 of the Beaver

I just got back from the Center for Rupertsland Studies Colloquium in Rocky Mountain House. So much information! Such interesting people!

Now back to work on that 3rd variation of the Assomption Sash. This is the one that’s done in 2 parts, with a seam down the middle.

Assomption Variant, part one of sash made in 2 pieces and sewn together

The colors were hand dyed. I did a bit of back-and-forth to the museum, comparing with the original. The colors are not a perfect match, but pretty darn close. Yes there’s a hot pink in the original sash at the Manitoba Museum.

In my ‘spare time’ I’ve been working on some sprang. I’m hoping to finish a multi colored shawl, trying out various techniques and patterns. I think if I set a row of tassels along the lower end, it should hang open when I wear it.

Booksales are going well. Over 400 sold in less than 3 months! Get your copy now while supplies last. Only 1000 were printed.

April progress

May 7, 2008

Well, I finished that Assomption swatch,

Strands Swatch #5

and did another one of a related pattern. Both Manitoba Museum and Musée de St-Boniface have sashes that are very loosely woven, in the Assomption (arrowhead and lightning) pattern.

Loosely woven a la GouletClose up of loosely woven sample

Swatch #6 reflects that loosely woven Assomption pattern. It sure was difficult to keep it loose, weaving the respun 2/8 worsted wool at 6 wefts per inch. But it’s done now, and I’m on to a sample that was woven in 2 (lightning) pieces and sewn down the middle. I spent an afternoon at the Museum last week, matching up colors. One of these days I have to get someone to show me how to attach photos, ’cause youall are really missing something, not having the images.

The sash I wove last year has been framed beautifully and installed in the hallway of the St Boniface General Hospital. Included inside the frame is a plaque describing the project “Fragile threads when combined become very strong cloth, thus the sash symbolizes the uniqueness of the individual and the value of teamwork.”

I’m putting together my presentation for the Centre for Rupertsland Colloquium in Rocky Mountain House next week, May 14-16. I will present the paper I wrote for the Museum of the Fur Trade Quarterly, Spring 2007, that is, how to distinguish fingerwoven from loomwoven.

And I’ll get to see the mountains again.

The end of June I’m planning on attending the Handweavers Guild of America’s Convergence 2008 in Florida. I’m looking forward to learning lots of new techniques.