My Weavings Found a Gallery!

Last Tuesday I traveled to the wine country to visit The Grand Hand Gallery in Napa. It’s on a busy street in the center of town and has an eclectic collection of wonderful art including fiber pieces. As their brochure says ” … the gallery reflects owner, Ann Ruhr Pifer’s  affinity for work that conveys a strong sense of authenticity, and that shows ‘the hand of the artist’ at work”. Check out their web site:  www.thegrandhand.com.

If you find yourself in the wine country, be sure stop in: The Grand Hand Gallery, 1136 Main Street, Napa Ca 94559. There are famous restaurants very close by. By the way, there is a sister gallery in St. Paul, MN.

I was very happy that  Ann Pifer selected four of my pieces for the gallery!
Please have a look at this gallery of photos taken during our visit.
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Weaving and Credit Cards

Square up: credit card for buying weaving

Square up: credit card for buying weavings

At Convergence I needed a way to offer customers the option of using credit cards. You see, the idea of the credit card has always been popular. Well, it has been in my mind anyway. Not only does it provide people with the opportunity to build their credit and to improve their overall credit score, protection against credit card fraud, as well as increased purchasing power. Yes, you heard that right. With a credit card, you could walk into any physical store, or visit any online site, and purchase any of the products and services that they have available. You are essentially borrowing money against a line of credit. In simpler terms, this means that your bank pays the merchant the desired fee, and later when it shows up on your bill, you are required to pay this money back. People, my friend included, seem to forget that they have to pay this money back at a later date, which is why I always tell her to make sure that she has enough funds in the bank to be able to do this.

Because I want to be able to move with the times, and ensure that my customers can pay with any payment method that suits them the best, I need to think about incorporating more options into Convergence. And that is when I realized that allowing them to use credit cards is definitely the way forward. What I needed to have was a smart phone. Then I got (for free) a gadget called Square Up which goes on top of the phone so you can swipe credit cards. What fun–for me and the customers who “signed” using a finger. Now I’m having fun with my iPhone–a toy that I really didn’t need. Pay Pal has just put out their own gadget.

Weaving Convention Report

My Weaving in Convergence Booth
My Weaving in Convergence Booth

I got back from Convergence a week ago and have been exhausted. I think I’m coming out of it, finally. It was a lot of work and I had a good time. It was great to hear nice comments about my books from people all over the country. My retrospective book was well received, too. It was the first time I’ve shown my woven art and I’m thrilled at the validation and praise I got. It was expensive: I almost made my expenses, but not quite. That was disappointing.

My Woven Art Work
My Woven Art Work

Truck to the Weaving Convention

Boxes for Weaving Convention
Boxes for Weaving Convention

I sent my things for my booth at Convergence in a big truck last Thursday–22 cartons. What a lot of work to get everything packed and inventoried (and priced)! I’ll have my new art book that is my retrospective, my art work itself, and my weaving books to sell. I hope people will want them. On the late night sale, I’m giving away my DVD free with any purchase. Come and say hello at Booth #535. Convention runs from July 18 through July 21 at the Long Beach, California Convention Center. There should be thousands there and anything you might want to buy when not in a class. It’s a lot of fun for me because I’ve gone for so many years there are friends I only see at these events.

My Weaving Art Book Goes to Press

Woven Work
Woven Work

My art book went to press on time: April 25. I will be printing 50 copies to have at Convergence, the national weaving convention, held in Long Beach, California. Dates are July 18-21. My booth is #535. I can’t wait to share my work over 37 years with people stopping in. I’ll have many of the pieces shown in the book for sale in the booth as well as the book and all of my other books. This book will have numbered copies and of course, I’ll sign them. Let me know if you are interested. By only printing a few, the cost is significant. I’m just covering my expenses for this First Edition. Introductory and Convergence price: $175. Regular price: $200. (There are over 60 pages, all in color with many detail photos–hardbound, too.) Everyone says it’s beautiful and I think so, too.

Weavings for Convergence

Easel for My Weavings
Easel for My Weavings

I’m getting ready for my booth at Convergence! Here’s the set-up for easels I’ll put on tables to show my art pieces. I hope people will like them. I’ll have my new art book (retrospective) as well as all the others and my DVD. I’ll be at Booth #535 and hope to chat with a lot of people. Please let me know if you check my blog.

Easel for Convergence
Easel for Convergence

My Weaving Art Book

Peggy Osterkamp - Woven Work: Retrospective of a Weaver
Peggy Osterkamp - Woven Work: Retrospective of a Weaver

My new art book, Woven Work: Retrospective of a Weaver, is in the final production stages. I’m thinking of doing a limited edition—perhaps including an original weaving that could be framed. Let me know what you think of the idea. I hope you’ll think it is as beautiful as I do. I’ve included pictures of almost everything I ever wove. There are over 60 pages of beautiful photographs. Click photo above for a closer look.

CNCH Was a Success

Peggy Osterkamp's Weaving Retrospective
Peggy Osterkamp's Weaving Retrospective

The conference was wonderful–I’m exhausted, but the keynote address went well, as did the exhibit and my 2 seminars. Lots of people came up to me and said the speech was fabulous! It’s so wonderful to receive all of the recognition. Most people have never seen my work but know my books and know me from teaching.

Peggy Osterkamp's Fiber Optics Surprise
Peggy Osterkamp's Fiber Optics Surprise

I surprised everyone while giving my keynote presentation when I turned on my fiber optics piece that I was wearing.

Weaving with LED Fiber Optics

Weaving with LED Fiber Optics
Weaving with LED Fiber Optics

During this frantic time of my preparation for my keynote address and retrospective gallery show, I got a wonderful surprise when I first turned on the LEDs for my fiber optics weavings. I just got them back from the students at Cal Poly State University Materials Engineering Department in San Luis Obispo, CA. The students connected  LEDs, batteries, etc, etc, to the pieces I wove with fiber optics threads. I will debut these pieces at the CNCH conference on May 18 at the Oakland Convention Center. Pass along this information to anyone who might want to attend. I’m really excited about this!

Weaving Keynote Speech

2012 CNCH  Weaving Convention
2012 CNCH Weaving Convention

I spent the month of March preparing my keynote speech for the northern California weaving conference, CNCH. It will be May 17-20 at the Oakland Convention Center. It was a lot of work but fun figuring out what I could say in 1/2 hour. Believe me, there was a lot I had to relegate to the cutting room floor. It was hard to give up so many ideas. Maybe we can make a video and put it on line!

April will be devoted to preparing for my two classes and a retrospective of my work. I’ve already made the list for the exhibit for the labels, but now I need to be sure every piece is prepared and ironed, etc. I’m honored to have this recognition.

The two classes are about collapse weaving and supplementary warp–two of my favorite things. (I’ve signed up for CNCH 2013 to teach them again–also about using the paddle.

Weaving with Sewing Thread

sewing threads 1
Weaving with Sewing Threads 1

I used a 4-shaft loom for this project. This piece began as an experiment at the beginning of the warp to see which combination of colors I liked best for the top layer of cloth. Many of the pieces on this warp were double weave — woven as tubes. I liked the idea because I could have the sett very open this way. (Some pieces were one layer – with double the number of ends per inch.) So, I had two layers, but making them into a tube meant only one shuttle was needed–a good thing.
After all the experiments, I choose the combination of having shafts 1 & 2 on top and 3 & 4 on the bottom. There are maybe 6 different combinations of shafts I tried. See my book Weaving for Beginners, for an introduction to the basics of double weave and how different shafts can be used for the layers. Often people learn that 1 & 3 are one layer and 2 & 4 are on the bottom. This is only one combination you can use.
The ruffles came when I pulled up the supplementary warps and sort -of rouched the layers. You can see that each section I wove was divided by a row or two with the supplementary warp woven in. See previous posts about this sewing thread warp to learn more about the supplementary warp I used.

More Sheer Weaving

 

See-through, One
See-through, One

In this piece I wanted to show that the cloth I was weaving was sheer. You can see the wavy supplementary warps that are on the back of the cloth. The cloth itself was woven as a tube with very fine wefts. The idea is that it’s one layer of cloth with the floating threads behind, but instead of weaving it as one layer, I wove it as a tube (two layers) the sett is very open and the layer is really 2 gauze-like layers–more transparent than a more solid single layer would have been. (The floating threads are in the middle, between the layers of the tube.)
The supplementary warps are woven into the cloth in the band in the middle. For the rest of the cloth, they were not woven in so when I cut it off the loom, they were free to wander except where attached in the middle area. The idea came from a previous piece where the supplementary warps floated behind. In this piece I planned where they were attached and free floating.

See-through  one, close-up
See-through one, close-up

More information on the supplementary warp techniques are in previous posts for this sewing thread warp. This is a subject I use a lot and will be teaching on line in the future. Let me know if you think you might like to sign up.

More Weaving with Horse Hair

Black Horsehair with heading sticks
Black Horsehair with heading sticks

Here are more photos of the black horse hair piece. One shows it just off the loom, before cutting off the heading sticks. Note that the heading was WOVEN when I cut off the previous piece. The sticks were attached to the apron rod to put the warp back on tension so I could weave this piece. Look up the tip on Two-stick Heading. It is also described in my first books and my book, Weaving for Beginners.

Black Horsehair detail
Black Horsehair detail
Black Horsehair Back Side
Black Horsehair Back Side

Here is the back; also interesting.

More Miniature Weavings

Black Horsehair Weaving
Black Horsehair Weaving

This piece has black horse hair woven in. I think the back side is interesting, too. Some people like it better. My computer is acting up again and I can’t show the back now.

More from the sewing thread warp. It is finished (10 yards) and I’ll be sending the last pieces. I’m pretty sure the next warp will be 10 yards and narrow again for more miniatures. They are so much fun and I feel so creative. I plan to use the very fine silk threads again. The ones used in the pieces on my home page. I can’t wait. Life seems to be in the way for now.

More on Weaving with Rose Hips

Rose Hips
Rose Hips

I planned my weaving on a woven piece that was so uninteresting I relegated it to a scrap. This gave me the dimensions for the new piece. And it allowed me to play with various stems of  rose hips to get a composition I liked and that would allow me to use the supplementary purple warp to attach the stems. As I wove the new piece, I unpinned the stems as needed and wove them in. It also helped that I’d taken a photo of the composition so I could replicate the placement in the new weaving as I went along.

Weaving with Rose Hips, 2
Weaving with Rose Hips, 2

This photo is of the woven piece. The color is more like the top picture.

Ideas for My Weaving

Persimmons
Persimmons

I got so many weaving ideas during the holidays when I visited a friend at her farm. What goodies I brought home! She had a persimmon tree which was gorgeous with all its leaves gone and just the lovely fruit hanging from the branches. I love to set them out as an  arrangement on my table and watch them ripen one-by-one.

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Rose Hips in a Vase

She had a big rose bush full of rose hips! What a treasure. I can’t wait to weave them in something.

As a final gift, she cut her cow’s tail for me. What could be more fun to incorporate than pieces of Rosie’s tail.

The rose hips are the first on my  agenda. Watch out!

Weaving with Rose Canes

Rose Thorns, Close
Rose Thorns, Close

I want to weave in rose thorns in the sewing thread warp. I got the idea in the night Sunday. On Monday I asked when the men were coming to prune the rose bushes in the gardens where I live. They came the next day. I went down and gathered the rose canes before breakfast.

Rose Thorns, Closer
Rose Thorns, Closer

I’m thinking of weaving them in on the top similar to the horse hair pieces I showed in a post recently. In my area, January is when the big pruning takes place. I thought I’d mention it in case anyone else wants to get a supply before it’s too late.