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posted Feb 25, 2012, 11:19 PM by Holly Latta   [ updated Feb 26, 2012, 10:24 AM ]


Core Values Slide Show

posted Jan 25, 2012, 11:34 PM by Holly Latta   [ updated Feb 1, 2012, 2:34 PM ]


Thank You Lydelle!

posted Sep 10, 2011, 10:44 PM by Holly Latta


Hey kiddo!  Thanks for helping me spin yarn at the Snyder Ranch Pow Wow last week!  You're always welcome at Handwoven Goods!  Maybe next time we'll learn how to weave something.

My Kind of Crazy

posted Jul 31, 2011, 12:48 PM by Holly Latta

It seemed silly to seek out and report on the Textile Museum in DC when it had been so long since I went to the Quilt and Textile Museum in my home town of San Jose.  So when my weaving instructor, Henelore Cole, mentioned she was asked to attend a workshop on Navajo weaving, I jumped at the chance to come along.

The exhibits are breathtaking.   Go.  It blows Washington DC out of the water.  I wish I could show you here, but I respect that photography is not allowed.

Within the Navajo workshop, were speakers from the Diné tribe in the Black Mesa region of Arizona.   The speakers were down to earth, but highly entertaining.  They had the kind of crazy that usually makes the people around me back away.

One lady squealed with delight at the sight of unprocessed Churro Wool.  She stuffed it into her face, took a big deep breath in, and sighed in contentment.  I know how she feels!  Another proudly presented a photo of her new boyfriend.  A Churro ram. I'm jealous!  

If you do not have a chance to purchase Diné tribe rugs at the San Jose museum, please visit their website, and purchase from the artisans directly.  Thanks!

Alameda County Fair 2011

posted Jul 31, 2011, 12:41 PM by Holly Latta

Spindle Spun Tapestry Basket (1st)

I just came back from picking up my weaving from the alameda county fair.  I highly recommend weavers enter their projects in local county fairs.  No matter how small or new you are to the craft, I think you will find it worth while.  A simple cardboard box project could take first place!  







Pattern Weave Clutch (2nd)

Not only is it a good boost for your ego personally, but you will be helping promote the craft itself.  Big space consuming equipment is not necessary for the simple concept of weaving to be expressed.  Help your community learn the basic concepts of weaving.  Simple projects that can be taught in grade school can be used to express complex creative expression!

Bolt of Twill (3rd)

Washington DC Textile Museum

posted Jul 31, 2011, 12:38 PM by Holly Latta

The Textile Museum in Washington DC was out of the way from the regular mall museums.  About a half hour of metro rides to Dupont Circle and walking will get you there with pleasant surroundings, and tempting shops the tourist traps cannot hold a candle to.


I respected the rules of not taking photos of the exhibits.  I love the old stuff enough to remember that my flash goes off even when I think it is turned off.  So here you are with a picture of the door.  Click the link above to visit their website to see some of the exhibits.


The theme that happened to be occurring while I was there was "Green".  Modern artists depicted eco topics, and used recycled materials, while the meaning of green in different cultures and societies was depicted in the historical art.


A reason to go, no matter what the exhibit, is the second floor educational area.  Fiber, fabric creation, embellishment, and sewing techniques are all covered in a very hands-on display for kids.  Touch the fibers, yarns, try your hand at a running stitch and plain weave... the topics were broken down enough to keep the interest of a grade school student, but grown ups will linger and read more, touch, and inspect the backs of all the examples.


The only museum specific products in the gift shop are tote bags hidden in the lower right hand corner.  They're worth a dig.  No catalogues of exhibits are available, but the products offered all  exemplified or benefited themes and concepts from past and present exhibitions.

Huckleberry Box Weaving

posted Jul 31, 2011, 12:32 PM by Holly Latta

 


My daughter kept wanting a turn on my loom.  I finally gave her a beginner project, and she started in with filling the warping board.  Great!  But this means I had to wait to play with string.  That won't do.  So I wrapped a warp around a little cardboard box.  In the picture on the left above, you can see the notches and holes for the warp.  In the picture on the right, you can see the bottom weft getting woven in.


The thing is...  My daughter saw me playing with the box, and asked if she could have a turn with it!  "Sure!  Then I can go out and whitewash the fence!"



Obtain a box with warp and bottom finished for you

It was a fun little project.  I use the finished product as a little storage bucket.  The only hard part for a child would be the warp and filling in the bottom.


If you would like to purchase a box with the warp and bottom already added, click on the "Products" tab at HandwovenGoods.com.

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