Category Archives: Fiberarts

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.

Small Bags

 

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So what do you do with all the small pieces of  handwoven fabric from sampling and weaving off a warp? Small bags with and without a strap are one possibility.

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With pockets

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Beaded

 

 

 

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                                                  Antique button closure

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Simple, but elegant

The possibilities are endless.

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Happy Holidays to all, and may your New Year be filled with many fiber related projects.

 

 

 

 

Obsession

img_0814 Hard to believe this Weave It throw has been in the works for too many years. One of those projects begun before I owned a floor loom, ( 30 some years ago), which seems a life time ago. In moving around my studio this year it required the emptying of the walk-in closet for painting. What should I come across but a bag full of Weave It squares and some skeins of matching yarn. The original goal was to make an Afghan or throw, but there were not enough squares In that bag. I hate unfinished projects langushing away in hidden places. So do I trash them or finish what I had begun years ago. The nice thing about Weave It looms is they are very portable and easy to work on in the evening while sitting by the TV.

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So the obsessive work continued. Enough squares were made for a throw 13 squares by 11 squares. Each square is about 4 x 4 inches. A total of 143 squares, which were then crocheted together and all the ends sewn in.

Do you have unfinished projects tucked away?  Should they be resurrected and brought back to life? More incomplete projects remain in my closet, maybe another will be completed in the coming year.

Change the Color

Jewel on the loomSo I skipped threading the heddles and sleying the reed, by tying on a new warp to the last warp on the loom. From earthy Autumn to Jewel tones the warp has changed. These colors just made me feel happy as I wove. There will be 5 Cottolin (cotton and linen blend yarn) towels.

Jewel False Satin Towels

One of the towels will be for me and the remaining four are for sale in the Gallery at the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston, Guild House . The color in the photo on the loom is better than of the finished towels. Funny how different light sources affect the captured image.

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This Santa ornament was added to our Christmas tree this year. It was made from a Mill Hill beaded counted cross stitch kit. The kits contain everything one needs to complete the project. The beads add sparkle to the piece. I’ve started stitching a new ornament for next year.  The tree is decorated for Christmas and awaiting packages to be placed beneath.

Fields of Clover

CloverAs a child did you sit in fields of clover and make braided crowns, bracelets, and necklaces. I have fond memories of doing this with my sisters and childhood friends. We even gave my Mom a necklace or two. My active mind saw these braids as beautiful jewels and so I could become a princess, till they withered away.
When my daughter was young we found clover in a neighbor’s lawn and I showed her how to braid jewels for herself. I hope she has fond memories and will someday share this gift with others.

Looking to 2015

Holiday Delivery

Holiday Delivery

December has been a month of preparation for the coming holidays, so little time was spent on crafts. Family, food and holiday events filled the month. The Mill Hill beaded cross stitch continues to be worked on in the evenings. At least the overall design can now be seen.

Lost cross

Lost cross

I’m  setting up my loom to weave some companion fabric for a handwoven Shibori yardage completed earlier this year. Even an experienced weaver makes silly errors. I swear I checked more than once to be sure the cross was properly placed on the lea sticks. I corrected my mistake the best I could . The real test will be when the warp is wound on the back beam.(I setup front to back) so now to begin the threading.

January brings a workshop with Diane Totten. The loom is yet to be setup. All the yarns have been purchased so next weeks agenda will be choosing a weave structure and setting up my Baby Mac.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! May this coming year let you explore your craft to its fullest.

Decorations on the Tree

X-Mas 2014Decorating the Christmas tree is a lot of work. Though I must admit that it’s one of my favorite things to do after Thanksgiving. The ornaments each bring back so many memories, of friends, family and places from bygone times. The ornaments found on our tree were purchased, gifted or made by family and friends. These are some of my favorite handmade ornaments:

Wheat weaving

Wheat weaving

Handwoven Star

Handwoven Star

Heart made in Girl Scouts  by my daughter years ago

Heart made in Girl Scouts by my daughter years ago


These are just a few of the hand-made ornaments on our Christmas Tree. What favorite hand-made ornaments are on your tree?

Getting to the Finish Line

In need of wash and press

In need of wash and press

Unfinished projects. I hate to say how many I have. The trouble is that a woven project is not done until it’s washed and ironed,

the fringe is twisted,

Fringe to twist

Fringe to twist

Mistakes need  repairing.

Weaving error

Weaving error

The Dyeing process is completed.

Handwoven Shibori

Handwoven Shibori

Projects are sewn.

Future handbag.

Future handbag.

Labels sewn on and final ironing.

Labels to sew on

Labels to sew on

Some projects are as time-consuming off the loom as on.

Finishing is where I get bogged down. How about you?

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly

This fella was outside my door, drying his wings.

Finished natural dye extract scarves

Hand painted natural dyes with added fabric paintstik highlights

Hand painted natural dyes with added fabric paintstik highlights

This silk  scarf was one of two done in a natural dye extract class at HGA Convergence 2014, taught by Linda Hartshorn. In a earlier post I showed this scarf before I had washed the residual dye out. Waiting the 2 weeks to wash was painful. Very little of the dye washed out, so it was worth the wait. After washing I was unhappy with the indigo squiggles.

Before adding paintstik outlines

Before adding paintstik outlines

The added paintstik highlights added some bling and refined the indigo edges.

Stamped  natural dye extract scarf

Stamped natural dye extract scarf

The above scarf was also done in this workshop. It is much simpler in appearance. Thicken natural dyes were painted on a stamp then applied to the scarf. The leaves were indigo and the bees were logwood. For the bees I would choose a different natural dye to use if I was doing this again. The class was a great way to explore a new technique. An added benefit is walking away with 2 finished scarves to wear myself or give as a gift.

Tablet Weaving

Examples of Tablet Weaving

Examples of Tablet Weaving

On this past Friday I took a class on Tablet Weaving taught by Michael Cook. Michael has done some incredible Tablet Woven pieces. On his website you can see examples of his work.  Http://wormspit.com

Michael Cook demonstrating  Tablet Weaving

Michael Cook demonstrating Tablet Weaving

Our looms were warped with black and white 10/2 mercerized cotton, using 15 tablets. This gives one a narrow band when woven.  More cards are used to increase the width of the band.  I used a Schacht inkle loom to weave on. The tablets are turned forward and backward to weave the pattern. Tablet Weaving seemed counter intuitive to me at first. Michael was very patient and encouraging as we learned the technique. The handout provided is also very helpful.

The next day at home I continued to practice Tablet weaving. My sampler was looking better. So in this case practice makes perfect or at least better.

Tablet Weaving on Inkle Loom

Tablet Weaving on Inkle Loom