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Tales from the Loom: Bamboo Warp 3

Warp ArchiveDeanna LynchComment

My third bamboo warp was mostly neutrals - grey, white and a pale mint green for the warp. This was the widest warp I had woven with this yarn - it was 42” wide.

The yarn is sett at 48 ends per inch - for those who are unfamiliar with weaving that means that when the warp (or length-wise) yarns are measured out, each inch of width contains 48 threads. Each thread is measured, then wound onto the loom, threaded through a tiny heddle, drawn through the reed…all this must happen before the weaving can being.

This warp was woven in January 2015, part of a group of pieces created for an exhibition held at HandMade in America in Asheville, NC. The full-length gown has appeared in other exhibits - as pictured below at Grovewood Gallery in July 2017.

The tank top is the only one I have ever made (so far) and I wear it to all my shows…

Tales from the Loom: Bamboo Warp 1

Warp ArchiveDeanna Lynch

Bamboo warp #1 was woven as a final project while I was in school. During our final months at Haywood Community College we participated in an exhibition for graduates at the Southern Highland Craft Guild - Folk Art Center off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. I graduated in 2014 from the program and my work was on display over the summer months.

For my final project I was determined to make garments but I wanted to transition to a fiber that was affordable and also higher-end than cotton. Amanda Thatch (who was the Textile Coordinator at Penland at the time) suggested bamboo and I was off! Thanks to Amanda I was set on a path of making sumptuous fabrics with this fine fiber that I cannot get enough of.

I had already been working with striping, twills, color and weave and translating this into a garment with color blocking and tiny patterning was so exciting. I continue to learn from each warp.