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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.

 

 

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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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