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.
It’s hard to weave when your loom is folded up. The loom is waiting to be moved out of the room while the carpet padding is replaced. Then the existing carpet will be re-laid and cleaned. It has been a very unproductive time.
In desperation I dusted off the inkle loom and warped it. It had been a while so the 1st attempt at warping I cut off and threw away. It felt good to do something with my hands, while the construction people are in the house. About 1 1/2 yards of 1/2 inch wide trim this made. The trim is really too wide for loops on towels.
So I put a longer warp on the inkle and am weaving a narrow trim 5/16 inches wide. This should work on future towels. when finished there will be 2 1/2 yds, maybe a little more.
My large loom is open and back to its designated place. A Shadow weave towel warp is being threaded. The best part is our reconstruction is almost complete.
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.
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.
Antique button closure
Simple, but elegant
The possibilities are endless.
Happy Holidays to all, and may your New Year be filled with many fiber related projects.
Linen and Huck lace weave go beautifully together. The loom was threaded with a bleached 16/2 linen in an 8 shaft Huck lace pattern. These two towels and the following gray towel were woven on this warp.
The guild annual sale has come and gone. An amazing amount of work goes into putting on this event. It always amazes me how many towels we sell.
Cotton, linen, and cottolin towels of every weave structure. Inspiration for future projects the sale is full of. Since I weave more than I can use or gift, this is an event I participate in to support my guild. Hopefully it will continue to take place in future years or I will need to find a different outlet for my work.
Possibly a swallowtail, it’s definitely larger than the monarchs that visit. Not sure if he was resting, injured or drying his wings.
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.
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.
Blocks of plain weave alternating with blocks of waffle weave. Magically it could be woven on the same warp as my last blog post, simply by changing the tie-up and treadling. My only regret is I was only able to sample this weave since I had had such fun playing with color.
I wove 7 towels using five different color Wefts. One color weft for each towel above, cayenne, burgundy, pumpkin, elm green, and gold. I’m always amazed with color interactions. Some day I’ll put another warp on the loom to weave more of the waffle weave.Which was #519, page 144, A Weaver’s Book of 8-Shaft Patterns.
These towels will be some of the handwoven items for sale at the guilds upcoming CHH Handweavers Holiday Sale, Nov 17 – 19, 2016. Click on the link to see a post card.
So I’m trying to think fall and cooler weather, even though there’s a high of 85 degree’s today. This picture wasn’t taken in Houston but in Madison, Wisconsin where we attended a nephews wedding.It helps me remember it’s Fall when it feels like summer.
On the loom are more towels that I’ve named Fire II. I used the colors gold, pumpkin and cayenne in the warp and burgundy in the weft. The gold looks lighter in this photo. The pattern came from A Weavers Book of 8-Shaft Patterns, Edited by Carol Strickler. I consider this book a must have for anyone with an eight shaft or harness loom. This is pattern #520 found on page 144.
Next up a pumpkin weft color gave a much different look. Nothing changed in weaving but the weft color. I also plan to weave a couple of towels using a different tie-up and treadling. other weft colors in some towels.
We finally made it to Quintana Beach. First time this year. It was worth the wait. No seaweed on the beach or masses of people. An added bonus, an abundance of shells to collect.
This chenille scarf is so soft and cuddly. It has wonderful texture and the black makes the colors pop. I only wish I had enough warp length to make two scarves and not just the one. The left over warp I wove off to make one or 2 small purses, yet to be assembled.
This sewing kit I started in a HGA Convergence 2016 class “Books-Bags-Boxes and Beyond”, and finished at home. The rep fabric was woven by Lucienne Coifman. I added extra decorative stitching and beading for embellishment to personalize the kit.
Scott & Melissa
I spent the past week at my sons home watching his dog while he has been on his honeymoon in Italy. I packed woven fabric and supplies to make purses, and bags for our guild sale in November. I cut out fabric and did partial assembly. Of course I did not bring along some key items needed for final assembly. So that will have to wait for my return home.
by Catherine Ellis
Catharine Ellis wrote the book, “Woven Shibori”. While attending HGA Convergence 2016, I had the privilege of taking a class with her, Natural Dyeing and Hand Woven Shibori. This was not a hands on class, but a lecture with a wealth of information she generously shared with us.
Examples of Cloth as woven and dyed with natural dyes by Catharine Ellis
Pulled Shibori example by Catharine Ellis
If you’ve followed my blog there have been several posts on Handwoven Shibori pieces I’ve created. All my work has used synthetic dyes, At one time Catharine also used synthetic dyes, but today she only works with Natural dyes. The variety of colors She achieves with her techniques is amazing.
Works created by Catharine Ellis with natural dyes
My future to do list now includes more Woven Shibori dyed with natural dyes.