An Inspiration for a Hand Manipulated Weave: Another two shaft weave

This is a black and white photo I’ve saved for many years. In real life, it is very colorful with LOTS of color changes. If I remember correctly it was woven by Mary Balzar Buskirk. I googled her name and found she died in 1981 at the age of 52 and lived in Pennsylvania. It’s really hand manipulated and slow to weave, but has a lot of potential.

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Here is a detail of another area. I think it’s interesting that she left some modules unwoven. It looks like the warp threads were black and spaced as sections in the reed.

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8 thoughts on “An Inspiration for a Hand Manipulated Weave: Another two shaft weave”

  1. Thanks so much for posting these photos of such an interesting and lovely project! Love hand manipulated weaving results.

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  2. Interesting! lots of potential for exploring. Thanks for posting these ideas and sharing the potential for “just” finger manipulation

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  3. This would be a great approach to a color study. Imagine all the odds and ends of yarn a weaver could use up! Also, this is the kind of project that is ideal for a rigid heddle loom or a table loom, without tying up a floor loom long term.

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  4. I really enjoy your blog posts. I have never thought to question them but I do today. I have a book called “the New American Tapestry” by Ruth Kaufman. She has this same detail in her book on page 19. The artist is listed as Mary Buskirk. Another place online I found her name listed as Mary Balzar Buskirk. I like her work. Thanks for sharing it.

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    • I’m glad you corrected me. I was hesitant to go with what I saw on Google. I sort of let you know I wasn’t sure. I’m putting a correction in tomorrow’s post. THANK you so much. Now I will see if I can find the book. You and one other person corrected me and I’m so glad about it. I saw a piece replicated by Dominic DiMare and never forgot it.
      Peggy

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    • I’m glad you corrected me. I was hesitant to go with what I saw on Google. I sort of let you know I wasn’t sure. I’m putting a correction in tomorrow’s post. THANK you so much. Now I will see if I can find the book. You and one other person corrected me and I’m so glad about it. I saw a piece replicated by Dominic DiMare and never forgot it.
      Peggy
      PS I just ordered the book. Can’t wait to see it in color!

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  5. Thanks for your interesting blog posts. I want to correct the name of the weaver of this detail you posted. Her name is Mary Balzar Buskirk. This detail is on page 19 of the book “The New American Tapestry” by Ruth Kaufman.

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