After a trip to Aruba I finished setting up the Spring loom to begin weaving. It required learning new skills to get this far. Yes, I’ve been weaving for over 30 years but there are always new things one can learn about ways to use equipment.
Back to front, Front to back, how do you put on your warp. I had been warping from the front for over 30 years. It started when I was using mixed warps. Then I just got comfortable with doing it that way. So with the Spring I forced myself to learn once again how to warp from the “Back”. The raddle with all the small divisions on the Spring seemed tedious, but that warp sure wound on nice. Threading texsolve heddles is quite different than metal heddles. After threading almost 500 Heddles I seemed to find a way to hold them to make threading more efficient.
Monday I sat down to weave. Of course 3 threading errors had to be fixed before continuing. My first 3 weft throws were good. Then I depressed the 4th treadle, or so I tried. I could not get a shed. I was perplexed. Everything appeared fine. What had I done. The loom is tied up like a countermarche loom. Every heddle gets tied to a treadle whether used or not. Here in lay the problem. That particular harness had been tied to both a rising and sinking Lamm. A harness should only be tied to one or the other. Problem found and solved.
My first warp on the loom is for these cheerful towels. The warp and weft are both 8/2 cotton threaded 24 ends per inch. An 8 harness overshot. By the time the warp is woven off I should be much more familiar with my new friend.
The view from our room in Aruba. The hotels were all along the beaches on this side of the island.
On the other side of the island the beaches are covered with dead coral. The water here is much rougher. The second picture is a large volcanic rock.
The sunset made for a beautiful evening dinner. The next two nights were cloudy, so this was our best sunset.
It is so nice to be able to weave again. The work is completed on the house, (sigh of relief). I have almost finished washing all the crystal and china to put back into the cabinets. It makes me wonder why I collect depression glass.
On the loom is an 8 harness shadow weave. They will be towels when completed. The 8/2 cotton is from Webs in a black and light gray. The colors alternate in the warp and weft, except at pattern block transitions where 2 shots of black are used. Keeps me on my toes. I really like the business of the pattern.
I was surprised at the size of this bubble bee collecting pollen from the snap dragons in pots on the deck. With temps the last few days in the upper 80’s those snapdragons are beginning to fade . Soon some summer annuals will be planted to replace.
If this shawl had been started after the awards ceremonies earlier this month it’s inspiration could have been all those beautiful metallic gowns worn by the celebrities attending. But my inspiration was from a previous project, a scarf woven in this pattern with a different metallic yarn.
The warp is an 8/2 Tencel sett at 20 epi. The weft is a gold metallic sewing thread sold for quilting.
The shawl is off the loom and having the fringe twisted and beaded. My fringe twister broke on finishing the previous shawl. One of the two alligator clips broke. It surely broke from over use. Luckily a second twister had been bought when the other had been misplaced for a short time. I could not live without this must have tool.
Normally I will weave a lot at this time of year. I have been distracted by preparations for my daughters upcoming wedding. Distractions also came in December from having a water connection break in an upstairs bath which proceeded to rain downstairs. Repairs from this will begin in a few weeks. This has meant moving my large loom to the center of our living room to initially dry carpet underneath. Soon it will be moved temporarily to an unknown space so new carpet pad Installed with carpet relaid and cleaned. Painting will also be done. I’m planning a project for a bateman study group. Hopefully that will be on the loom before long.
Varigated warp, Solid weft
Huck Lace is traditionally done the same solid color in both the warp and weft. The floats that create the design, are more visible with a solid color scarf. But why always follow tradition in your weaving, explore! So that is exactly what I have done with these two scarves. The weave structure is the same Huck lace pattern used in the previous post Love that huck.
The first scarf used a Varigated 8/2 Tencel warp. The weft was a solid color to coordinate with the darker color in the warp. The second scarf used a metallic quilting thread as the weft. Here the same warp was used as in the first scarf. The metallic weft created texture in the scarf after washing.
Varigated Tencel warp. Metallic quilting thread weft.
I’ve been busy weaving Huck lace scarves. It is one of my favorite weave structures. The first were these lovely purple tencel ones. I modified the draft from one for 12 harnesses to weave on 8 harnesses. But it still creates a nice pattern.
Being happy with the first 2 scarves, I tied on a new warp. These used a silver-gray tencel for the warp and weft. Later I played with the extra warp making samples for possible later projects. Using different types of yarn for the weft, as well as a different weave structures to create a crimp weave samples too.
When the metallic quilting thread was used for top of sample in photo 1, it remained soft after washing. This same metallic thread was used in the second sample photo. The crimp process gave a rough hand which would not work for a scarf. The third photo an 8/2 poly was used in weft giving a much nicer hand for this crimp weave sample.
If you’ve read this far I hope you enjoy the sunset at the beach in Cancun, Mexico, taken on a recent vacation.
Ok, I’ve been offline for a long time. Life got in the way. Some good and some bad , but I’m going to try to get back in the groove of posting more often. These Rep weave pieces were woven with the warp from Rosalie Nielson’s workshop last October.( I don’t yet have another warp on that loom.) They were all done using the same tie-up. The different looks were created using treadling variations and weft differences. The first is a traditional rep weave, an original design. Applying the design tools learned in Rosalie’s workshop made creating an original design a breeze.
This runner does not have the thin weft in between each thick weft. It gives a totally different look. The weft is also half the thickness as the traditional rep runner. Below is a close up of a sample piece with this technique.
I’ll close with these Spring flowers from a recent trip to the Dallas Arboretum.
Weaving simple works when one can’t weave on your floor loom. These rag weave coasters were woven on a 2 harness peacock table loom. They will be gifted to a neighbor whose dog ate their last coasters.
I’ve started to weave on the remaining warp from the Rosalie Neilson workshop I took in October. I’ve designed a new runner with what I learned in the workshop. When the rep weave runner is off the loom and hemmed I’ll share the final results. The runner is woven but there is still another yard of warp I want to weave. With any luck the weaving will be completed yet this week.
This red Amaryllis bought in the after Christmas sales is now blooming, brightening up this gray overcast day.
So 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.
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.
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.
The completed Autumn inspired runner is from the Rosalie Neilson weaving workshop I took last month. The runner will be gracing my dining room table at Thanksgiving. Of course once all the food is placed on the table it maybe hard to see. There will be the traditional turkey with all the extras, green bean casserole, candied sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and gravy, asparagus, cranberry sauce, and yeast rolls, followed up by pumpkin pie. We’ll be hosting my daughter and her boy friend. My son and his fiancé will be at her families dinner.
The remaining two motifs woven were published in the previous post, “Designing with Rep Weave.”
The bounty from our little orange tree. The top of the tree suffers from freezing last winter. Yet it produced 10 oranges much better than last years crop of zero. May you all enjoy the bounty and fellowship of Thanksgiving.
It’s that time of year again. The temperature cools. The garden stores are selling mums and the trees will begin turning colors. I have often chosen to weave fall colors into my woven pieces. Shades of burgundy, oranges, golds, browns and green yarns are selected. I work off of memories of Fall in Minnesota, since here in Texas most of the trees won’t change for several months.
The weaving above will be towels of cottolin (a cotton linen blend). They are woven as an 8 harness broken twill, also called false satin. A true satin weave requires more than 8 harnesses to weave and so I can not do on my loom.
Every time one of these towels is picked up I will think of going for walks amongst maple trees changing colors and leaves crunching under foot.