Barbara E. Huck Lace
“Wholly Lace”, was the theme for this years swatch exchange. Each year the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston have a swatch exchange. The subject varies from year to year. Themes tend to be structure based like this years or artistic. Swatch Swap has taken place since 1990. Twenty Seven years and this was only my second time to participate.
Rosemary – Swarthmore Lace
Samples of Bronson, Canvas, Huck, Spot Bronson, Swarthmore and Swedish lace are in our finished books. Nine of us created a Huck lace variation.
Linda’s Bronson Lace
Next year’s Swatch Swap theme will be “Seasonal Inspiration”. What combination of colors, fibers, structure and design will you choose to create your interpretation of the theme?
Theresa – Canvas weave
I find it hard to weave two things alike. My brain wants change. Boredom sets in, and distractions keep me from the loom. So something gets changed up. It’s usually not worth putting a warp on that only makes one finished item so I change the treadling, tie up, or weft yarns used.
The scarf above was woven with a solid 10/2 bamboo warp. This was actually the second scarf I wove on this warp threaded for a canvas weave. If you read my last blog post Canvas Weave Towels, these scarves use the same weave structure. I did not tie onto the towel warp. Being a narrow warp it was easy to start from scratch. The scarf uses a variegated hand painted, 10/2 Tencel from Just Our Yarn. I love their yarns, just wish you could buy them direct and not only at shows. So I added to my stash with several skeins of their yarns that I purchased at Convergence 2014.
The first scarf woven on this warp I found boring, being a solid color. It uses 10/2 bamboo from Webs that they no longer carry. This yarn is used in both the warp and weft. A weaving friend, described it as a manly scarf. So maybe it will have some surface design added in the future to liven it up.
Next I’ll move on to other weave structures, leaving canvas weave behind.
With all the flowers and baby ducks my morning walks have been quite enjoyable.
The weaving study group I belong to chose linen as their topic for the year. Individuals were to weave samples with at least 50% linen. Linen needs to be used in the warp or weft, with no fibers blended with the linen. I have linen in my stash but do not weave with it very often. This is due to how linen gets a bad rap for being difficult to manage in the warp. Linen is also an expensive fiber.
The weave structure used in these towels was a 4 harness canvas weave. The weave structure was simple to weave. By inserting plain weave after weaving four repeats of the canvas weave, open work squares were created. If one just repeated the canvas weave throughout, the fabric has stripes.
To add interest embroidery was added to every other stripe. The blue showing through the center in the photo is from the fabric below which is embroidered.
The towels have a beautiful hand and appearance that only linen can give. Look for additional linen weavings in the future.