Marta Williams

First introduced to weaving when she was 7 years old at Christmas when she received a Structo 2-harness loom and a big box of Aunt Lydia's rug yarn, Marta started weaving in earnest after taking a weaving class at the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts in the early 1990's. 'The art and craft of weaving offers so many different avenues of experimentation that I do not feel I will ever exhaust the possibilities' Marta says.  She is still experimenting and has no specific structure or item that she prefers to weave, although she is drawn to structures that create intricate patterning and yardage so that she can make clothing.


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'Twas brillig, and the slythy toves' scarf
6 ft long without fringe, 5 inches wide
handwoven in name draft overshot, treadled in blocks using both star and rose treadling
warp: 20/2 ringspun rayon in golden rod and rust
weft: pattern shots - 10/2 ringspun rayon in rust; tie-down shots - sewing thread the same color as the ringspun rayon
'Summer Breeze' blouse
size 14
Bronson Lace and plainweave
warp and weft: 10/2 tencel
inspired by article in Handwoven, Diamond Lace Blouse. Drafted own blouse pattern to accommodate the 18" wide fabric.
'Little books'
each book is 3.5 x 2.25 inches (the size of a credit card!)
handwoven plainweave fabric in 3/2 unmercerized cotton, 'sun' dyed (Pebeo Setacolor) with leaves and coins as the 'resists', then highlighted with fabric markers. Books were hand-bound using coptic binding techniques; handwoven fabric as the cover; interior pages are commercially available watercolor paper


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