Category Archives: 8 harness weave

Shawls to Mobius

Mobius Purple Wool

If your tired of shawls falling off your shoulders an alternative is to make a Möbius Shawl. The trick is to twist the shawl once than stitch one end to the side of the other end. This really is just a fancy poncho, with softer draping of fabric in the front. The technique works well for lighter weight shawls also.

These and many of my other weavings will be available at the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston Sale. The sale is in a new location this year. I’ll be working several of the days so drop by I’d love to see you.Guild Sale 2014

Rep Weave Workshop

Rep Weave- Warped faced

Rep Weave- Warped faced

My warp from the Rosalie Neilson‘s Rep Weave workshop put on by the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston guild, has been woven and is off the loom. It’s been a few years since I’ve woven Rep.
The workshop, “It’s in the Warp: Color& Design in Rep”, is  worth taking. Rosalie explained in a precise manner how this weave structure works. The 4 yd warp let one explore the design possibilities of this weave structure. Except for the trials caused by  the sticking harnesses on my 8 shaft Baby Mac loom this was a great workshop that I would highly recommend. Below are the pieces woven as I explored the possibilities of weaving rep.

Rep2
rep 3

Rep 4

Rep 5

Rep 6

You can see other workshop participants rep weaving by clicking on this link: http://weavehouston.org/reppin-with-rosalie/.  The 15 weavers could choose from different pattern  threadings  so there is a variety of Rep patterns produced. .

Coral Towel Variations

Coral towel variations

Coral towel variations

It’s fun to vary the weft yarn color when weaving multiple items on a long warp. By changing things up it helps when boredom sets in. The 5 1/2 yd warp gave me 5 towels. Three like the first towel in the picture and one of each of the others. This is an eight harness turned twill using cottolin yarns. I love the hand that cottolin gives a towel. Which color towel is your favorite?

Bits and pieces

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Began weaving another color way using the same turned twill setup for the previous  coral towels. These are probably my favorite colors to weave with. I just love a bright blue (royal blue).  These will be made with 22/2 cottolin, from my stash. Alas, there is very little of the purple and turquoise remaining after warping.

Doerte Weber I Belong, 2014 Mixed media, structural weaving

Doerte Weber
I Belong, 2014
Mixed media, structural weaving

Attended “Craft Texas 2014″ at the Houston Center For Contemporary Craft, on Saturday. This piece saddened but delighted me that an artistic use was found for some thing I use regularly to create art. The artist used two shafts or harnesses from a loom and numerous heddles which would normally hold the individual warp ends on a shaft to create this work of art.

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It’s getting harder and harder to walk at night with the sun beginning to set at 7:15pm  central time here in Texas. I’ll have to come up with a different time / place to walk soon.

Dispersed Dye Handwoven Shibori with a twist

Shibori dispersed dyed and Shiva paintI like to experiment and the two scarves in this blog use different techniques. The scarves were each hand woven using a black rayon yarn in both the warp and weft. A pattern yarn was woven in a twill pattern one pick every 6 ends. These pattern threads were later pulled and knotted along each selvage. At this stage the scarf is put  into a solution of bleach and water, to remove  or disperse the black dye. The scarves are allowed to dry. Now I began to experiment by applying Shiva paint stick to one side. The copper highlighted areas in the finished  scarf  above is Shiva paint.

Handwoven Shibori scarf after weaving. See the pattern threads.

Handwoven Shibori scarf after weaving. See the pattern threads.

Shibori dispersed dyed and over dyed
This scarf had Procion MX dye painted on one side of the scarf after dispersing the black dye from the rayon yarn this is done before the pattern threads are removed.  Experimenting is fun way to get new looking pieces.

Coral inspired towels

Coral Towel Currently being woven on the loom are Coral inspired towels. The above picture highlights the center of the towel. The border has already wrapped around the front beam. This is a turned twill or block twill, where one block has the warp yarns mostly on top and the next block has the weft yarns mostly on top. I’m weaving with a 22/2 cottolin yarns, sett at 24 ends/inch on 8 harnesses. Except for the border the weft yarn for this towel is a natural cottolin. Since I will being weaving 5 towels, I plan to use a different weft color in a couple. I can also play with block sizes which will help to make the weaving less boring. This is a favorite weave structure of mine for playing with blocks of color.
Juvenile Night Heron
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron seen on my walk last night.

At last finished

2 Scarves one hand painted warp

2 Scarves one hand painted warp

It’s always amazing to see how different colors of yarn used in the weft with the same warp will change the end results. These scarves were both woven on the same painted warp. The weave structure used was a manifold twill. The painted warp yarn is an 8/2 Tencel dyed with Procion MX dyes. The weft yarns for each scarf are a 10/2 bamboo yarn. The weft yarns where from 2 different manufactures, XIE Bamboo for the turquoise scarf and Webs bamboo (This yarn has been discontinued) for the red-purple scarf. The Webs bamboo is less tightly spun, so has less shine to it. It was a good decision to unweave a large part of the Red-purple scarf. The end result is better. Now what to weave for the next project.

The Magnolia's blooms are so fragrant.

The Magnolia’s blooms are so fragrant.

Progress and decisions

Manifold Twill  weave

Manifold Twill weave

Color choices

Color choices

Decisions, decisions. I made one on weft color. Here were the finalists. From the Left: hand painted green teal, a salmon,  and a Nile green. I used a 20/2 silk yarn that was hand painted in the skein with two of the colors used in the warp alternating in multiple stripes around the skein. The non solid color warp seemed to soften the sharpness of the green in the warp.

The threading of the warp took longer than anticipated. The piece has border diamonds on each side. I miss calculated how to get the same border on each side. Resulting in the need to rethread half the width.  Should have spent more time with my weaving software.  Hope to have off the loom this week. More decisions will be made then on beads for fringe and how many. Happy weaving!

In the Works

painted silk
Warping of the painted silk  has begun. It’s ready to be sleyed and threaded. The warp was painted earlier at a dye day at the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston‘s Guild House. I wasn’t excited about the results,  so I set it aside for a few months. Now I’m ready to put my design ideas to work. I will be threading an 8 harness manifold weave.  I’m still debating weft colors so that will probably need some sampling.
imageOn the inkle loom a new tablet weaving is in the works using three colors in the warp and 16 tablets .

There is still one loom naked so I hope this next week to work on another project for it.

 

Finding the Time to Dye

Dyeing Handwoven Shibori

Dyeing Handwoven Shibori

I found this unpublished blog entry so I will publish it even though the finished fabric was shown in the post “Finishing Projects”. With temps reaching 86 degrees today, it was time to dye before the heat of summer is upon us. The handwoven Shibori snake was finished months ago. Since I don’t have a place to dye inside my home I need to wait for the weather to cooperate. The dyeing takes place in my backyard on the deck. I place an old plastic shower curtain on the table to protect it. The water for prepping the fabric to be dyed, was heated inside the house. Soda ash is added to the hot water as is a mild soap, then the fabric to be dyed. This is soaked for 30 minutes. The Procion MX dye is mixed outside with distilled water. I use two colors when dyeing my handwoven Shibori. One color on the top side and one on the back. The dye is applied with a stencil brush. Plastic wrap is under the piece being dyed. When I’ve finished dyeing the snake the plastic wrap is folded around it and the snake is rolled up to batch. The piece sits for 48 hours before rinsing out the dye.  Once the Shibori snake has dried the pattern threads will be pulled out.  You can see the Shibori dyed fabric on the post “Finishing Projects”.