April progress

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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.

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