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Look what I got

IMG_5499This is a new to me 8 harness Spring loom. I had been pondering for a year getting a new loom that would treadle easier than my current Kessenich 8 harness jack loom. But if I was going to get a new loom I wanted to have more harnesses and greater design capability.   At Convergence I explored AVL and Louet looms. I sat down and wove on their different models, both computerized and not. A computerized loom was not in my budget, so they were eliminated. I narrowed my search to a Louet Spring loom or a AVL Home loom.

On my birthday this year I gave myself permission to get a new loom.

Thanks to Ravelry where someone had listed in the Warped Weavers Marketplace group  “find of the day” a Craig’s listing for a used Spring loom in San Antonio. I had persued 2 other used  looms, but neither had worked out. After making contact with the seller I drove 3 1/2 hours to San Antonio the next day to see the loom. It was an older 8 Harness Spring loom a little dirty but in good shape otherwise. It came with various shuttles, an Ashford bench, a couple of books and some other items I won’t keep. It would not fit in my Ford Escape, which I knew when I went.  The following weekend we borrowed our neighbors Suburban and picked up the loom.

My husband helped reassemble the loom. The front and back beams needed to be removed to get it out of the previous owners home. The wood simply required a wipe down. The texsolve Heddles and tie- ups all got washed, now being sparkling white. Removing, washing and restringing the 800 heddles with the loom is something I don’t want to repeat.

My goal is to weave on the loom to get used to it, then add another 4 harnesses. I also would like to add a Temple Treadle to the loom. More about Tempo Treadle in my next post.

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This  fella I saw on my morning walk. It’s hard to get close enough to get a picture before they’re spooked and fly off.

 

Wholly Lace

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Theresa – Canvas weave

 

Not Weaving

 

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.

All that Glitters

img_5164If 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.

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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.

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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.

Linen and Huck

 

img_0820Linen 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.

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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.

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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.

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Possibly a swallowtail, it’s definitely larger than the monarchs that visit. Not sure if he was resting, injured or drying his wings.

Changing the tie up and treadling

img_0807Blocks 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.

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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.

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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.

Fire II

imageOn 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.

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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.

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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.

 

Tales From HGA Convergence 2016

 

imageI’m back  from attending HGA Convergence 2016 in Milwaukee, Wi. If you have never attended, it is an experience I highly recommend. From the exhibits, speakers and classes to the vendor hall, so much inspiration. Being able to talk with weavers from all over the nation and world in one place is invaluable. HGA Convergence includes other fiber arts beyond hand weaving: felting, dyeing, spinning and others.

Yarn Purchased at Convergence

The vendor hall had all kinds of equipment, yarn, fiber, books and clothing. This was some of the yarn I purchased from Giovannia Imperia, Interlacements, Lone Star Loom Room, Redfish, Webs and Yarnbarn of Kansas. There were tools big and small. I tried weaving on 6 different looms including three different compu-dobby looms. This is invaluable if possibly buying a new loom in the future.

Tools purchased at Convergence 2016

The shuttle is a Flying Dutchman made by Louet.  It has 2 unique features. A bar that will lift any warp yarns that are lower in the shed, and a guide for the yarn coming off the shuttle. I had never seen one before and actually tried weaving with one in the vendor hall and knew I had to have one. Next, there are two weaving swords the top darker one made by Kessnich Looms and the other by Schacht. The small shuttle I’ll use with my Inckle loom and tablet weaving. It has one edge that is sharp to help beat in the yarn. It also was made by Kessnich looms.

I took 4 classes learning new techniques in all.

Go Big with Color and Weave   Karen Donde

When a Single Harness is not Enough – Double Harness                                         Techniques.   Sara Von Tresckow

An Introduction to Natural Dying and Woven Shibori.   Catharine Ellis

Rep Weave – Books,Bags, Boxes, and Beyond.  Lucienne Coifman

The trick now is to apply some of what I learned.

Colors That Pop

 

Chennille scarf

This painted skein of yarn intrigued me when shopping at HGA Convergence vendor hall in 2014. There was only one skein with this color scheme, yet it would be enough for warp for one scarf with some to spare.

Once  I got the painted warp on the loom and tried to cross it in the weft with different colors, green, bright blue, gold, each color just seemed to create mud. Then I remembered the cone of black chenille in my stash from years ago. A perfect solution. The warp colors now popped. The chenille gave a softness to the scarf that would be warmer in the cool months than if Tencel was used in the weft.

Weft color choices will enhance the warp 🙂 or leave you wondering what was I thinking 😦

Spicing up Huck Lace

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Varigated warp, Solid weft

Huck Lace is traditionally  done the same solid color in both the warp and weft. The floats that create the design, are more visible with a solid color scarf. But why always follow tradition in your weaving, explore! So that is exactly what I have done with these two scarves. The weave structure is the same Huck lace pattern used in the previous post Love that huck.

The first scarf used a Varigated 8/2 Tencel warp. The weft was a solid color to coordinate with the darker color in the warp. The second scarf used a metallic quilting thread as the weft. Here the same warp was used as in the first scarf. The metallic  weft created texture in the scarf after washing.

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Varigated Tencel warp. Metallic quilting thread weft.