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Strapwork Ribbons

This is the warp that I'm currently working on. I've spliced in a piece of polyester satin ribbon on the loom, so that I can take off these pieces for finishing.

This is Gutermann silk sewing thread. It's a very tightly twisted 3/100. It's great for rendering this kind of small detail work. The long piece of strapwork on the right is going to be a neck-band for a name badge; it's 28" long in that one pattern. The other two pieces (and the remainder of the warp, about another 2 yards) will be bookmarks.

Closeup of the strapworks. The one in the middle is Celtic-style interlace; the other two are based on Renaissance trim patterns. The Renaissance trims are easy to do, since they follow a simple geometric repeat; the Celtic ones, I have to follow the chart line by line.

Closeup of the brocade designs. The brocading on these pieces is silk embroidery floss; the peacock feather is Kreinik Soie Platte, and the dragon is Zwicky multi-strand floss pulled down to a single strand. For some reason, the digital camera HATES the orange - it makes it look blurry, no matter how finely focused it may actually be.


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Apr. 16th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
That is just gorgeous. I especially like the peacock feather. My first though on seeing them was that you were making lanyards, but I'm guessing these have a higher intend purpose than to say, hold a security card for work.
Apr. 16th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
Well, the short ones will be bookmarks - the long one will pretty much be a lanyard, though. I'm going to weave a lettered name tag, and I'm working with a silver-smithing friend to design the jewelry piece that will frame the name. I want something a little in-your-face for handweavers events - something that says, "Hi, my name is Michael" and at the same time says, "Hi, bow before my stunning virtuosity!"
Apr. 16th, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC)
and as ever - Stunning!
Apr. 16th, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC)
insanely awesome ...
Apr. 16th, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
WOWOW. I just got my first loom on friday! :) You are such an inspiration!
Apr. 16th, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, cool! Let me know if there's anything I can help with, tablet-weave-wise.
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Apr. 16th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
Stunning. Absofuckinlutely stunning!

It makes the band I'm so proud of look like novice work. Oh wait. My band *is* novice work -- I don't have to feel discouraged in the face of such beautiful work. :)

Seriously -- that is gorgeous and I aspire to do that quality work one of these days. You are a perpetual astonishment and inspiration.
Apr. 16th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, getting to the point of being able to crank out this kind of stuff in sewing thread, was a few years of practice... you can get there if you want, though! I started working with sewing thread on the inkle loom pretty early, before I even touched tablets - it's just smaller, it's not more complicated.
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Apr. 16th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
As I said in tablet weaving, those are stunning!
Apr. 16th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
My brain boggles at the level of detail you can get to in this kind of thing. I love knotwork lots and lots, but the dragon and the feather make me want to sit and pet the shiny shiny things for a long time :)
Apr. 16th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
So lovely!

Did you know that on size 8x0 needles Gutterman silk sewing thread works up to about 35 stitches per inch in stockinette?
Apr. 16th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
EEp! Where do you find 00000000 needles? I've got 0000, but that's the smallest I could find.

Are you making something at 35 stitches per inch?
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Apr. 16th, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
You must be mellowing. I remember a time when you would have so paranoid about those edges on the peacock strap, you would have never actually photographed it.

Teasing ya...I love the peacock feather...nice touch.
Apr. 16th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
Hee. Actually, I looked back at some of my old pieces - the edges aren't that much neater, I just didn't have a high-power macro.
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Apr. 16th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
Those are beautiful. You are so talented!
Apr. 16th, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)
AHHHHH!!!! That's freakin..... it's just... incredible. Nice nice work. Purty.
Apr. 17th, 2007 12:48 am (UTC)
Apr. 17th, 2007 04:13 am (UTC)
The detail is just amazing, and I am completely enthralled by that peacock feather. Here's hoping I'm on the Mainland for your L.A. class.
Apr. 17th, 2007 05:41 am (UTC)
Exquisite in every regard. The brocade is amazing. I had no idea that the designs were going to be that small. Amazing renditions.
May. 4th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC)
Michael, those are just lovely. I'm oddly pleased to hear you have to follow Celtic knot graphs line by line. I thought I was just a dolt for not being able to get the pattern into my head :).

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