Field of Dreams is the most recent warp to come off of the loom here at 14 Mile Farm. Its woven in a "crackle" weave by Ralf Griswold. The warp is 8/2 cotton from Maurice Brassard.
This wrap was inspired by the fireweed that blooms in the Alaskan summer.
Fireweed covers the landscape here in interior Alaska in the summers. It is a very resilient plant, the first to return to area after a forest fire, hence the name. Each flower on the stalk fluffs out like a dandelion in late summer and is blown on the wind to reseed the land for the next year.
It grows on roadsides, in meadows and fields, and covers the hill in our front yard.
The warp moves through spring to summer greens, with magenta and fuschia followed by the grey blues of a late summer sky, and natty pinstriping to evoke the the fluff of the fireweed going to seed.
Here we see the cloth building up on the cloth beam. It is one of my favorite and most satisfying sights as a weaver. You can see the weft change from the magenta to the greens.
This piece is woven with a magenta Tencel, and will be staying here with us. The combination of the grippiness of the crackle weave with the glide provided by the tencel makes for divine wrapping qualities.
A cowl in grey Tencel. Tencel in a crackle weave is one of my new favorite things. I love the play between the shine of the tencel and the matte unmercerized cotton. So soft!
This piece was woven with a hand-dyed variegated Tencel weft in shades of green and will be flying to a new home.
I love the way that the variegated greens are evocative of the oh-so-green summer landscape that fireweed blooms against. This weft came together even better than I had hoped.
Bands of magenta tencel in the tails of the variegated piece to highlight the bright color of the flowering fireweed.
The variegated weft was a joy to weave, always changing. I see more hand-dyed yarns in the future here at 14 Mile Farm!