Each year the the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston have a Swatch Swap that any member can join for a nominal fee. At the end of the previous year members pick the subject matter with this year’s subject being “Seasons”. Participants can interpret this as they wish.
This is the weaving I needed to finish when I found myself in the boot for Achilles tendinitis. So I wove this 8 shaft, 8 treadle, twill, one footed.
The warp is a baby blue, 10/2 Mercerized cotton, sett at 30 epi. For the weft I used a double shuttle with with one shuttle white 10/2 unmercerized cotton, and the second shuttle a translucent white metallic yarn. The finished fabric has a nice sparkle from the metallic yarn and will be made into table runners. The actual fabric is a prettier blue than what I was able to photograph.
I chose winter for my season. Living in Houston I miss snow. I especially miss it after the endless days of heat and humidity. I grew up with snow in Minneasota and still find it magical. Of course I don’t miss the subzero temperatures or the dirty gray snow piled along the roadways, but fluffy snow coating tree branches, and the ground will always bring fond memories of bygone days.
I am out of the boot. The foot still is not 100%, so on trips I throw the boot into the suitcase just in case.
I will be attending the Hand Weavers Guild of America Convergence conference in Reno, Nevada later this week and hope to see some of you there.
The Iris is from my mother-in laws garden, in Superior,Wisconsin.
Sunsets and sunrises inspire this scarf. The hand dyed yarn used in the warp was a former convergence purchase, a fiber combination Rayon/Linen, which I had not woven with before. The 8 harness twill floats show off the warp colors. A magenta tencel was used in the weft.
So why weave two scarves alike? The second scarf on the warp I used a olive green Tencel for the weft. Much more subtle. This scarf was also treadled differently, using the same tie-up. When finished the scarves had a nice hand and drape. The Linen gave a sturdier feel than a scarf from all Tencel/Rayon.
Thoughts of spring flowers.
A trip to the garden store, found beautiful daffodils and tulips. I came home with snapdragons, marigolds, and petunias for the flower pots on the deck. Flowers I hoped would last longer as our temperatures fluxuate.
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.
Currently being woven on the loom are Coral inspired towels. The above picture highlights the center of the towel. The border has already wrapped around the front beam. This is a turned twill or block twill, where one block has the warp yarns mostly on top and the next block has the weft yarns mostly on top. I’m weaving with a 22/2 cottolin yarns, sett at 24 ends/inch on 8 harnesses. Except for the border the weft yarn for this towel is a natural cottolin. Since I will being weaving 5 towels, I plan to use a different weft color in a couple. I can also play with block sizes which will help to make the weaving less boring. This is a favorite weave structure of mine for playing with blocks of color.
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron seen on my walk last night.
Manifold Twill weave
Decisions, decisions. I made one on weft color. Here were the finalists. From the Left: hand painted green teal, a salmon, and a Nile green. I used a 20/2 silk yarn that was hand painted in the skein with two of the colors used in the warp alternating in multiple stripes around the skein. The non solid color warp seemed to soften the sharpness of the green in the warp.
The threading of the warp took longer than anticipated. The piece has border diamonds on each side. I miss calculated how to get the same border on each side. Resulting in the need to rethread half the width. Should have spent more time with my weaving software. Hope to have off the loom this week. More decisions will be made then on beads for fringe and how many. Happy weaving!
Small Handwoven Bag
The weaving study group “WOW”, has an annual Holiday party. This year we went out to eat at a nice Italian restaurant “3 Olives Restaurant “. Members can participate in the exchange of a small handmade gift as part of the gathering. The gift is placed in a brown paper bag. Numbers are drawn to determine order of selection. I made this small handwoven bronson lace, zippered bag for the exchange. It’s nice to find a good use for those small pieces of handwoven fabric used to sample.
Our brown bags are in the background awaiting the numbers to be drawn so packages can be selected.
I received this beautiful beaded ornament (designed by Heddi Bradley) in the brown bag gift exchange.
Shadow Weave Towels
Inspiration for these shadow weave towels come from the pumpkins seen everywhere at Halloween. Usually I use cottolin for shadow weave towels. For these 8/2 cotton is used with the same sett as if using cottolin, 20 ends per inch. A ten dent reed is used with 2 ends per dent. Weaving is done with 2 shuttles. The third shuttle was used when weaving the stripes at the base of the towel.
These zinnas could have been used for inspiration instead. This picture was taken on a much sunnier day than today. Happy Halloween to all you ghosts and goblins out there.
Took a break from weaving to prepare 2 warps. The warping board has several guide strings hanging down that are for different warp length measurements. Each of the warps pictured, will be woven as 8 harness, shadow weave towels. The grape or purple warp will be tied to the end of the fall leaf colored warp, after those towels are woven and cut off. Tying on to an existing warp takes just as long as setting up the loom initially, but there is one benefit there will be no threading errors or denting errors.
This shows my new yarn storage shelves. Half of the yarn had been in boxes, bags or simply stacked in a closet. Of course the yarn I always wanted was on the bottom of the pile. My husbands solution was to increase my shelve space. So all the yarn was taken off existing shelves, to move in the new shelves. The yarn is sorted by type and color when possible and placed on the new shelves. This is the real reason I couldn’t weave this weekend, The loom was surrounded by yarn. So I warped instead.
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On the loom is the second scarf in Finnish Weave. The scarf is of 20/2 silk yarn. A Blue warp with a coral colored weft yarn. I use a sticky note to help follow the treadling pattern. Moving the sticky note after weaving 4 to 8 throws of the shuttle. This has helped to reduce errors from losing my place in the treadling sequence.
I’ll end this post with a view of the Gulf of Mexico, as we walked along the beach on Labor Day.
The first scarf has been cut off the loom. When I started weaving I was not happy with the weft yarn I had chosen after weaving a couple of inches. The reddish plum-colored silk yarn used for the weft, looked more like a burgundy from the interaction with the blue silk warp. I found this color combination dowdy. So I choose to remove the weaving by carefully cutting out the weft yarn. After looking through my stash of silk yarns, I choose to use two, the 20/2 silk, reddish plum yarn I had just removed, with a 60/2 silk, Felt green yarn. Two separate bobbins are wound each with one of these yarns. The 2 bobbins are placed in a double shuttle for weaving. When using this shuttle care needs to be taken at the selvage. At times one of the yarns feeds differently, creating a small loop. The Felt green yarn made the design pop. The second scarf will be woven with a different color combination.