Madrona Fiber Arts – look who’s weaving!

A couple of weeks ago, I went to Madrona for the first time!  Madrona is a really wonderful fiber arts festival in Tacoma, Washington. It’s one that every fiber instructor I’ve ever met loves to teach, and that the students adore, as well.  It’s really well-organized, feels very cozy, and really offers some fantastic fiber arts classes.

You know that I’ve been weaving up a storm lately – well, actually, since I haven’t blogged in months, you might not know that!  Anyway, at Madrona, I took two rigid heddle classes from Linda Gettman, who is a fantastic instructor.

I learned lots of new  lace stitches (weave patterns?) and how to create different weave structures like waffle weave in multiple colors. The images in this post are of a few of the new patterns I learned.  I can’t wait to incorporate them into my own weaving!

All of this weaving is done on my 15″ Schacht Cricket loom. It was easy to transport, and I was so glad to have it to use in my classes!

I love my new Schacht Cricket Loom!

Olive and I have been having so much fun with our new 15″ Schacht Cricket Loom! I have been borrowing a 10″ Cricket every so often from the office, and have really been dreaming about having a 15″ of my very own.

Olive helped me put it together (it’s that simple!) and get it warped for the first time! We were up and running in about an hour. Not bad for a new toy!

It comes with a heddle that works for worsted weight yarn, and I recently went over to Fancy Tiger Crafts and picked up heddles for sock and bulky, too!

My first weaving … somewhat warped but I love it!

So a few weeks ago, Angela Tong came to Craftsy to teach her RIgid Heddle Weaving class.  While she was here, everyone at work totally caught the weaving bug, including me.  I’m not very hard to convince that any new fiber hobby is a good hobby…but even the camera guys were like, “This is so cool! I gotta get one of these looms!”  Our camera crew is very crafty, and really gets into every single shoot, but there was something so amazing about weaving that we all just fell in love with it.

Angela Tong teching her Rigid Heddle Craftsy class

When Angela left, she left me with one of the looms, already warped, and with a “Stashbuster Scarf” already started & said that I could finish it and keep the end result! She had used scraps of tinsel, and even some wool felt fabric strips from Weeks Dye Works (Awesome fabric, threads, and more. If you haven’t checked out their products, do!) …I loved the scarf so far! And how much fun that my good friend had started it. It’s the one she’s working on in the picture above.

We had just come back from TNNA a few weeks before that, and I had some incredible carry – along yarns from SWTC that I’d been dying to try out.  Jonelle had given me a spool of String – Me – Along, which is a very fine yarn with sequins.
My first weaving!

If you know me at all, you know that I love bright colors, sequins, glitter, and anything shiny. So, to me, stringing this sequined yarn along with my weaving yarns seemed like the perfect way to add some cohesiveness to the project. (Just wait…you’ll see!)

I combined that and a bunch of fun yarns including some O-Wool left over from my Shapely Boyfriend sweater, some Ozark Handspun, and more than I can even remember.

AND…I finished the Stashbuster!

I wove this!

I just can’t believe that I made this!! It’s so awesome. I love the stashbuster effect, in that the colors and textures of the weft are so random…but the warp really ties them all together in a pleasing way. I can’t wait to try more weaving on the Cricket. I’ll have to watch Angela’s Craftsy class to learn how to warp it, though!!

I wove this!

I wove this!

Gratuitous Olive pic:
Olive and my scarf