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NEWS! Lorri has
a technique article published in the 2006 March/April issue of Belle Armoire
magazine published by
Stampington & Company
was asked when my interest in weaving began.
My answer was 1976 when I began weaving off loom pieces on bicycle hoops
and wooden frames. But later when I
thought about this I remembered weaving tons of potholders on one of those metal
frame looms when I was a girl. I
loved making color patterns with them.
I wasn’t introduced to a real loom until adulthood and I didn’t obtain my
first loom until 1983. It was the
same year I moved to
with my husband to be. We crated up
the loom to ship, I stocked up on “how to” weaving books and lots of yarn.
For the next 5 months I taught myself how to weave.
I discovered dyeing. I loved being
able to create interesting color patterns by painting yarns rather than
exploring complex weave structures. Dye
painting is more closely related to watercolor and lends itself to surprises,
which intrigue me more than exact color reps that are counted on.
process for creating a garment is to begin primarily with silk threads, color
them with a warp painting method, thread the loom and weave my fabrics.
I also dye commercial fabrics to use for linings, seam finishes, and
technique for dyeing scarf blanks and fabrics is called “arashi shibori”.
It’s a Japanese process where the fabric is wrapped around a pole with
string and scrunched to create resist patterns and then applied with dye.
Sometimes I freehand paint.
use fiber reactive dyes as well as natural dyestuffs.
I love creating colors and coordinating handwovens with my dyed and
printed fabrics to make one-of-a-kind, unique garments and accessories.
have expanded my repertoire to include dye painted and devore velvets, as well
as hand sewn “wayward threads” scarves and stoles, dyeing silk ribbons to
incorporate along with felting