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.
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.
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.
At last The Baby Mac is setup and I’m weaving. this is a four harness overshot weave. 3 shuttles ( 2 pattern shuttles and 1 tie down or tabby). I put my tabby on treadles 1 and 2, then leave treadle 3 empty, with the pattern on 4 thru 7. This helps me keep my feet in the right position. Of course this requires 7 treadles.
Finally got back to the Baby Mac loom and finished the shadow weave towels. It’s time to move on to another weave structure. I choose a 4 harness weave pattern by Bertha Hayes. As you can see, I’m Setting up the loom. 1/2 the warp is dented thru the reed at 30 epi. The warp is a hand dyed variegated 10/2 bamboo yarn I purchased a few years ago. Haven’t finalized the weft yet, want to try a couple of different colors and fibers. There is enough warp length for 2 scarves.
I’ve really been procrastinating with setting up the Kessnich 8 harness loom. I’m threading an 8 harness undulating twill. Threading is probably my least favorite part of weaving. It’s time to crack the whip, and get on task. The undulating twill, has a warp of variegated 8/2 Tencel (sapphire). Once again I need to play with colors for the weft. So back to the loom I go.
Weaver, Dyer, Fiber artist. Creating one of a kind Handwoven fashion accessories and items for the home on one of my 2 floor looms. I have been weaving for 40 some years, having learned while in college. The University of Wisconsin Stout offered weaving classes in their Home Economics department started my journey.The beauty of nature provides inspiration for much of my work.