Saturday, December 1, 2018

weaving with hand spun art yarns on my ashford rigid heddle loom

I get asked in my spinning classes " what do you do with hand spun art yarns?"  I say " It is ART, you hang it up and and enjoy it!" BUT i also  like to weave  with my art yarns… if  i use for weft i use my Saori looms, but if i want the art yarns in the WARP and  also the WEFT  i use my  loom  ASHFORD RIGID HEDDLE LOOM CLICK HERE   along with there exclusive FREEDOM ROLLER ACCESSORY
and i use the exclusive heddle size for the ashford looms in 2.5 size which fits my art yarns  ASHFORD EXTRA RIGID HEDDLES IN MANY SIZES SIZES CLICKJ HERE 

here are my two latest art yarn scarves 

 what is this thing I have in my hand???? it is the new AHFORD HANDI HANDLE CLICK HERE in my Etsy shop.

this  brand new handle allows you to advance your cloth or warp beam easily if you have  mobility issues with your hands,( which i do not but i still love the feel of this new tool  and use all the time ) absolutely brilliant   it comes in 2 sizes. smaller for the ashford sample it looms, and knitters looms,  also a larger  size for the ashofrd rigid heddle and table looms! 

  love my ashford rigid heddle loom

it is the only rh loom with the exra roller beam  you can add called the freedom roller 


after i wove the bright sparkly scarf i wove a guy art art scarf

 I strongly dislike all the clamps on all rigid heddle looms! so i use  a Irwin med size bar clamp to hold the loom and to use in place of the stupid clamp and peg that  are sent for warping. no more flying off peg disastrous  episodes ! they are less then $10 at the hardware store 

the sucess is  in part to the 2.5 heddle and the ashford freedom roller  again  which  allows you to put more than a few yards on your ashforsd rh loom!

  soaked and drying in gingko leaves

Suzan drove down from Redding for a  SAORI TRY IT CLASS CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

 ALL  Saori looms have bulit in bobbin winders!

  and as a newer weaver Suzan absolutely adored  weaving on the saori  CH60 loom!

   She broiught a weaving she just finished to show me a hand spun while long rug!
  I asked her if she know how to spin yarn? she said no the yarn was in a bag that came with a old loom she was given  sooooo we went up stairs  to the spinning studio and i taught her how to drop spin

 the golding bronze rimed spindles i use are here in my etsy shop these spindles are amazing

"This was so much fun , and I learned so much, we will be back"


Jill Nickolene Sanderts

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Hand woven Saori Cloth to clothing Saori Santa Cruz

 This fall  I went on a sewing binge and created 4 new garments out of my SAORI HAND WOVEN YARDAGE.
Many tell me they are to frightened to cut into there saori, or any handwoven yardage. I understanbd that but i have been sewing and designing since i was 10 years old. i have messed up on  expensive fabrics and then had to com eup up ways to to create  a usuable gartment from my  intial mistakes, which 100% of the time turned out to be  so much better then the original intent!
To become unique  and creative one needs to be brave ! I learned that at a early age staying SAFE is DULL. i  try to empower my students but i am there safety net durning classes…
I will have to say for me to design  i need to be in a creative  head space. not rushed, but i do  NOT have the luxury of just doing my art  for a living . I need my day job which iosfiiber realated so that is cool! so when i get a space to let go i do!
but enough talking  ! take look at my three new saori jackets and let me know what you think?

First i like to indroduce you my design a duster/longer coat with a lapel ….unstructured as is my way…

  i like to revisit  the weaving that I did with each garment as well the majority of my clothing pieces are out of cotton rayon, flax fibers

 i enjoy making slits to challenge my self  to where they will be placed when sewed!

  trying it on many many times after basting  …


   here you can see the  woven in slit placments better

and a few with the duster /coat on 

Jacket number 2 
using  up the last of my natural dyed cotton indigo warp and weft yardage 


 it is rare that i do not at least put on one pochet on my garments but i loved the weaving details to much  to cover them up.


 and my 3rd jacket 
this was the last of the yardage from my " whole earth catalog" weaving 
i sometimes name my weavings at the loom.

  and some selfies to show rthe dramatic hem different fron center front to back . i love that!
  andf of course big pockets!


  and th 4 th jacket  with my set in sleeves and peplun  cotton and silk  my fall equinox jacket

  I  pieced snippets for mice to make the two pockets

  photos before pockets