To the right, here's a photo of my very best old friend. This loom, a Structo Artcraft Loom, was made in the 1930's for the first president of the San Antonio Handweavers Guild, Nancy DePew. The loom has a rather sad history, so I prefer to think of it beginning life anew with me in 1985.
I weave stoles on this loom because, compared to the efficiency of my other looms, the Old Structo lacks speed, but makes it up in character. There's a stole in progress on it now and the draft was written by a man named Joseph Leisey in 1783. I am honored to be weaving with this draft that's almost as old as our country! I've altered the draft many times, taken it apart and put it back together. I hope that Mr. Leisey would approve.
Above is an old photo with those big glasses.... WOW! Did I actually wear those things?
This black and charcoal stole to the right started it's life as yardage, but I transformed it into a stole with added hem, fringe and beads. It feels just wonderful, is made of 100% Rayon...yes, it's rayon chenille you are
|Another stole from my past, but I'll always weave those white ones!|