Category Archives: Big Commission

A Dream Come True!



I wish I had words to express just how pleased I am with results of The Big Commission.

Some dreams take longer to realize than others. Some dreams evolve and change.

Now the very hardest part: to ship it off to the owners and hope they are a pleased as … Continue Reading…

Also posted in Recycled Cashmere, Turned Weft Ikat

Joining the Big Commission

Remember the Big Commission? I just went back to find the date I began this project–February 2, 2007. Some things take longer to complete than other things.

The only parameters I received from the client was to weave a blanket 90″x100″ with a bamboo warp and recycled cashmere sweater … Continue Reading…

Also posted in Recycled Cashmere, Techniques

Big Commission Takes a Holiday

It seems like a million years ago I started collecting cashmere sweaters to un-knit and use the yarn as weft to make a blanket. After I had collected 4 or 5 sweaters and took them apart, I put the skeins of yarn in my cedar chest and continued on my … Continue Reading…

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Integrating Panel #5 of The Big Commission

Panel #5 is the horizontal purpley one closest to you. These pictures are just my beginning to experiment with the placement of the panels.

It’s quite exciting to see this puzzle start to take shape. Since I haven’t written anything down or taken any notes (except for the dimensions of Continue Reading…

Also posted in Fiber, Saori, Turned Weft Ikat

Warp On, Warp Off

sThe Woven Word piece is threaded and ready to go. I plan to use my recycled cashmere for the weft. I am enjoying the cashmere so much.


And then I cut panel #5 of The Big Commission off the loom. This is the piece I was using to practice … Continue Reading…

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Big Commission–Chapter 6: Blanket Meets Saori

I just couldn’t go away leaving this warp sitting on the loom. Since I am going to a Saori Conference, I decided to weave a test panel in what I believe to be the Saori way. After I come back from the Conference, I will have a better idea of … Continue Reading…

Also posted in Ideas, In the Studio, Weaving Philosophy

Big Commission–Chapter 5

I just cut off panel 3 (center panel)! I had to hang it right up. It has a lighter look than the first two, so I decided to put it in the center for now.

In case you are just tuning in, each panel is 20″ wide and will become … Continue Reading…

Also posted in In the Studio, Turned Weft Ikat

Big Commission–Chapter 4

My basket of un-knitted cashmere sweaters has grown to two baskets (15 sweaters). The basket of colored cashmere will come into play in later panels. I just received 6 more sweaters yet to be un-knitted. I see more cashmere weaving in my future.

I just figured out why … Continue Reading…

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Big Commission–Chapter 3

When the end is in sight, it is always exciting!
If you can’t figure out what the pink strings are doing and why they are there, you’ll just have to ask. I don’t mind explaining if necessary.
I’ll have some better pictures, but I wanted to give you an idea … Continue Reading…

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Updates from Grace and Gary

The Grace Report: I’m weaving along on the Big Commission Panel #2. I expect to weave it off this weekend. I have some ideas for Panel #3. Notice my new shuttle. In case you haven’t read the history, this is a bamboo ikat warp with an un-knitted cashmere sweater weft. … Continue Reading…

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