Category Archives: Contemporary Handweavers of Houston

Filling my Days

Like most of you I have plenty of time on my hands staying at home. Weaving, spinning, reading, counted cross stitch, e-mails, text messages, cooking and TV fill my days. Occasionally housework or yard work does too.

These 2 scarves were woven on the same painted warp yarn using different colored weft yarns. The pattern becomes lost in the multiple colored warp yarns for both scarves. The border pattern stands out better on the scarf with the royal blue weft yarn. One is not able to see the “Gone with the Wind “ pattern, a small 4 harness overshot by Bertha Hayes.

At the top of this post is a scarf being woven using the same pattern as the 2 with painted warps. Here the pattern is clearly visible. The contrast of the silver gray 10/2 bamboo warp and the black 10/2 bamboo weft with a white 16/2 bamboo tabby yarn allows this to occur. The strong contrast in colors makes the pattern stand out.

2 beaded counted cross stitch kits from Mill Hill. I’ve started a larger kit from them that won’t go as quickly, an “Autumn Basket”. To support a small business I’ve ordered 2 additional kits from Silver Needle in Tulsa, Ok.

In the last post “Revisiting Rep Weave” I showed this warp on the loom partially woven. One of the projects done on that warp was a wall hanging for a show that The Contemporary Handweavers of Houston was having that has been postponed due to Covid-19. To weave the above runner I removed some of that warp to have a proper width for a table runner.

Green beans planted behind bushes along the fence. The squirrels seem to like those tender plants. I planted another section between bushes along the back of the yard.

Like many of you I’ve been baking. The remaining Pineapple Upside Down Cake. I had not had this cake for years but had fond memories of my mother making.

Spring Weaving Resolutions

Lilac and deep purple towels

I’m sure many of you do New Year resolutions. As president of the Houston Contemporary Handweavers I wrote a list of 10 resolutions to fulfill for our newsletter in January. Number 2 on the list was to start a new weaving project each month. The purple towels were woven in February.

Once the loom is threaded, I find it fun to change the treadling to create different patterns within the confines of the threading and tie-up. But, if one ties a new warp onto the old, color can be played with. The towels above were the 2nd warp that had been tied onto the original warp. The cloudy day prevented getting the true colors photographed. The lilac should have been brighter.

Pink and natural 8/2 cotton

January’s weaving project was the pink towels. The above towel was the first warp that was tied on to the original warp. 2 colors simplifies the design.

Salmon, brick and yellow orange 8/2 cotton and cottolin towels

The original warp. Each towel on this warp was woven With a different treadling. These 3 towels show different repeats of pattern in the weft.

Three towels same warp and tie-up, different treadling
Side by side it is hard to believe that these towel warps had the same threading and tie up.
Contemporary Handweavers of Houston, has decided to have a Spring Sale. The past few years we’ve had Fall sales. I felt honored to have my towel image as part of the postcard.

It’s time to move on to other types of weaving. Yes, I do have a new warp on the loom for March. This month I’ll be doing Rep Weave; a wall-hanging.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, view of Pacific Ocean Jan 2020

Happy New Year! 2020

My year end project was making this table runner for my sister and husband who were married in August. Better a little late than never. I seemed to be running behind most of this year.

I continue in my 2nd term as president of the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston. It will be nice to finish my term in June and only have to have the title and jobs of Past President.

In the WOW study group we have been studying Profile drafts. We broke into smaller groups which each chose a profile draft to be woven in a weave structure appropriate for their loom. Since I have 12 shafts, rep weave was possible using our chosen profile draft above. So that is what needs to be accomplished in the next couple of months.

I’m working on towels with a color scheme that is out of my normal realm but colors being requested. The loom has been set-up and currently being woven. Weft colors may vary for additional towels in the warp length.

On a walk on Christmas Day at Cullen Park in Sugar Land, TX we came across this magnificent tree, covered in moss. It was a beautiful sunny day to enjoy with my daughter and husband.

Family for Christmas Eve. Even the grand-dog had to get in the picture.

They are so cute, but what would one do with them? They can’t be sheared for fleece. Comfort animals?

May you have a Happy 😊 and Prosperous New Year!

On the Loom Huck Lace and more

It’s been a while since I’ve woven any Huck Lace. A new to me pattern this one is from “Weavers Best Huck Lace.” This pattern is by Dini Cameron, page 17. Huck Lace shows up best when a solid color is used in both the warp and weft. This is a scarf of 8/2 Lyocell (Tencel), sett at 20 epi. There are 3 motifs across the scarf.

Our last Guild meeting of the year was Hands on “Finishing Techniques – Tips and Tricks. There were five stations, Wet finishing, Rolled hems, Photographing work – Light box, twisted fringe, and Inkle bands.

I demonstrated twisted fringe and adding beads. When I add beads I often use a needle threader to make it easier and faster to add the beads to a warp end. A member had a good handweaving hack ” use type of dental floss used if you have a bridge or braces instead of needle threader.

This month there was a trip to Minneapolis, Minnesota to visit my mother. Since I grew up in the area we visited many of my past haunts. But alas I had to leave and came back to upper 80-90 degree days where winter coats are not required.

Minnehaha Falls

Come Park Conservatory, Mn

How time Flies

It’s hard to believe the holidays are right around the corner. Yes I’m still weaving whenever possible. This year I took on another role for the Houston Handweavers as President. Some say being president is an easy role. Yet trying to keep everyone engaged, while trying to help improve the health of the guild can be difficult task. But I decided that the guild was important to me so when no one else stepped up I said yes.

The above weaving uses 8 harnesses and 10 treadles. This advancing twill is an 8/2 twill, sett at 24 epi for a towel. I realized that one weft repeat had been left out throughout the piece. It will still be functional, but looks even better when treadled like this:

The transitions between boxes is much smoother with this one pick added to each repeat. Can you see the difference.

This could be interesting with different colors used in the warp for each box but a solid weft.

The temperature didn’t get low enough to do in these cannas. The Palm tree canopy may have helped to protect them.