Things have been buzzin’

in my weaving room. In recent months, I:

  • Finished the table loom project I warped with friends from the New Weavers group at North Olympic Shuttle and Spindle Guild. I wove two pieces that were originally intended to be dish towels when we warped the loom in July.
  • Completed three projects on my rigid heddle loom. One was a gift for the person who helped me find the loom and the other remains with me to remind me of the fun of mixing yarns and colors. Photos will be added here soon.
  • Picked up the two pieces I submitted for the North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival last October and November at the Museum & Arts Center in Sequim.
Weaver's Basket

Creative Chaos September 2016 12x9x1 Weight: About 1 pound Medium: mixed media (various kinds of fiber) NFS This entry transforms a pre-stretched canvas, acrylic paint, yarn and embroidery thread into a picture of something that many weavers love to talk about and use: a stash of yarn. All supplies are from my accumulated stash.  Artist statement: Donna McMillen works primarily in fiber, using yarn and/or fabric in her weaving projects.

 

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My First Scarf, January 2016
8”x76”
Weight: About 1 pound
Medium: Three kinds of yarn turned into a scarf
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My first time to make a scarf. Working with a mentor in 2015 enlightened me about different types of yarn and the process of warping and weaving on a table loom.
Artist statement: Donna McMillen works primarily in fiber, using yarn and/or fabric in her weaving projects.

  • Attended the February 2017 meeting of the North Olympic Shuttle and Spindle Guild, where Robin Spady spoke about color theory and introduced us to several websites that offer information about color.

One site I’ve spent a lot of time at recently is colourlovers.com, which offers the opportunity to set up your own palettes to share with other people. I set up several palettes, which incorporated four colors the site hadn’t given a name to: Royal Blue, Fuchsia, Buttery Yellow, and Valentine’s Purple.

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