Tag Archives: Handwoven

Towels from the Stash

The yarn stash, has been taking over my house. Well at least the bedroom designated as my studio. If I walk into a yarn store I will surely walk out with at least one cone of yarn or a couple of skeins. This will happen even with no project in mind. The yarn just needs to be pretty or a color that may be missing in the stash. The warp yarn for the above towel was purchased many years ago at Fine Line Creative Arts Center, in St. Charles, Illinois. It is a variegated flake yarn that was a millend. Even at that time variegated cotton yarns were difficult to find. So of course it came home in the suitcase, with another cone of different colors and grist to take their places upon the shelves of cotton yarns.

Every year I’ll weave a set of towels that are inspired by fall foliage. So the cotton variegated, flake cone was used as the warp yarn. ( It created a large amount of lint when weaving. Vacuuming of the space was definitely required on completion of weaving ūüôĀ. I used different colors of 8/2 cotton for the weft. The twill weave is difficult to see the pattern due to the variegated colors. The pattern did give a nice texture.

In my last blog, Snowflakes in Summer, a reader requested the drawdown for the snowflake design so here it is:

So now the Spring loom is empty. I had measured a warp, when My foot kept me from weaving, from all those bobbin, and spool ends collected for many years. (“Waste not want not”, I guess this is a clue to how I was brought up). So the new towel warp is awaiting threading on the loom.

I’ve returned from HGA’s 2018 Convergence Fiber Arts Conference in Reno, Nevada. The telling of my experiences will have to wait for the next post.

The iridescence of this dragonfly is amazing. They also help to rid us of all those pesky mosquitoes.

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Spring weaving

Hooks and EyesI’m weaving scarves. With spring in the air , one day hot, one day cold, they will need to be light weight. A 10/2 tencel warp with a 20/2 silk pattern weft and a 30/2 silk tabby weft fills the bill. This is a miniature overshot pattern. ” Hooks and Eyes” (design 71)”, is ¬†found in the book: Weaving Designs by Bertha Gray Hayes. These miniature overshot drafts work nicely in smaller formats like scarves.

Neil Diamond Tea Rose

Planted two new roses this year to replace some that had died. This is a Neil Diamond Tea Rose. Smells wonderful too. Now to continue weaving.

 

 

To fold or not to fold

6 harness twill

The first towels of the year. These cotton towels let me play a little with color. Two shades of blue, a soft green and natural colored yarns were used. When the towels are opened:

Plaid twill towel

Large horizontal border stripes are visible. How do you fold towels? Do you fold in half or fold with each side behind the towel and the towel center on view. Does it matter if your pattern is symmetrical or asymmetrical? What if there are warp color or pattern that will only show when the towel is folded in half or not at all.

Grand Rapids, MN

No this is not Texas in March. While visiting my Mother last week in Minnesota we went to see my sister in northern Minnesota. There was snow. Snow to walk through and snow to make into snowballs and throw. Back in Texas it’s warmer and a coat isn’t required.

Spring Has Sprung

Towel warp

Towel warp

Preparations have begun for a new weaving project, handwoven towels with a bright warp. The looms are full. ¬†The Zig zag scarf from the previous post, is a slow weave project on the Baby Mac loom. It needs ¬†frequent stops in weaving to look at the pattern on the backside with a mirror. I’m looking for errors which jump out on the back. ¬†My other loom is waiting for the heddles to be threaded. So the towels will have to wait till a loom is free.

Today we went to Bayou Bend in Houston to see the Gardens.  The gardens wind thru out the grounds and feature azaleas in the spring. There are beautiful water features and statues among the plantings.

 

The Front Side

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In the last Post I promised you a picture of the front side of the scarf once it came off the loom. ¬†The scarf does not have ¬†a nice drape. It is heavy ¬†or stiff so it ¬†will most likely be cut up to create smaller objects. Oh why didn’t I sample? I’m using ¬†a 16/2 bamboo ¬†instead of the 10/2 bamboo used in the first piece for the next scarf. The fabric is now lighter and should give a nicer drape. Yes there is a color difference. Above ¬†a Teal yarn in tabby. Below the second scarf on the loom using ¬†a navy ¬†tabby yarn.

Tabby: Navy 16/2 Bamboo

Tabby: Navy 16/2 Bamboo

 

The plants are beginning to think Spring has arrived in Houston. Hopefully they will look this nice after the rain stops.

 

Turkish Weavings

20131231-112433.jpgThese two Turkish weavings were received as Christmas gifts. My daughter had recently traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, where she purchased these, knowing my love for weaving. The weavings they had made into pillow covers.

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