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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.

Honeycomb for Spring

Honeycomb Weave

HoneyComb Weave

Next on the loom is a Honeycomb weave. It’s funny in to have chosen this, since it is also know as an undulating weft effect and my previous post was on an undulating twill. The inspiration for this project came from shopping for a  bargain at the local “Big Lots” store. Here I found in the craft aisle jute cord meant for kids jewelry.jutecordThe rainbow colors struck my eyes as the perfect color combination to be used for a runner. The jute is used in the weft for creating the outline for the cells. The warp and weft yarn for the interior of the cells uses a single ply linen.

In the Shuttle Craft Monograph #9 – Undulating Weft Effects by Harriet Tidball, she states that the warp should be fairly fine and elastic, while the weft should be the same as warp or finer. The weft outline should be thicker and soft and elastic. Linen should not be used for outline weft due to it’s stiffness. A soft cotton yarn would be a good choice for outline weft. My yarn choices could be considered to be poor choices. The Jute yarn required some hand manipulation for the cell outline and the linen yarn in the warp and weft is anything but elastic. I experimented with the number of linen wefts in each cell and settled on 8. The finished weight is wonderful for a table runner. I need to do the finishing and then will share a picture of the finished project.

Taking time to measure

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Ferns and Flowers, weaving design by Bertha Gray Hayes

This is the next scarf on the variegated bamboo warp used in the previous blog. The look of the warp yarn is completely changed this time by using a burgundy 16\2 bamboo yarn for the tabby or tie-down yarn. I’m using a single color for the weft pattern yarn this time. It is a gold 8/2 Tencel yarn. The Tencel has a sheen that the bamboo yarn does not have. The last scarf my beat was not consistent, resulting in an obvious unevenness in the pattern in different places in the scarf. That’s what I get for not measuring the pattern repeats as I wove. This time I have measurements taken and will try not to let things around me affect the quality of my weaving.

Crackle weave sampler

Crackle weave was one of the structures my weaving study group choose to investigate this year. Two  recently published books on Crackle weave, gave new interest to this old weave structure. In one of these books, A Crackle Weave Companion by Lucy M. Brusic, there is an example of a sampler to use in exploring crackle weave. Since I do not own this book I went to one of my own weaving books.

Crackle Weave is discussed on pages 130-135.

Crackle Weave is discussed on pages 130-135.

The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory, by Anne Dixon, shows many examples of 4 harness crackle weave. The section on crackle weave is on pages 130-135. Using these weave designs I created a sampler. Four different crackle patterns across, with each pattern repeated multiple times to better show the design.  Each of the 4 pattern blocks has a different warp color. There were 12 different treadlings used, with the weft color changed for each treadling. Each treadling is repeated  at least 2 times. The sampler has 36 different designs. 21 of these designs are found in The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory. Samplers are a good way to see a variety of designs from a family of similar type weaves. An added bonus was trying different color combinations and size of weft yarns.