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Sampling crimp weave

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Crimp weave sample

Sampling is something I rarely do, but since some warp remained on the loom, after weaving the last two scarves it was a perfect opportunity to play. The question that needed to be answered was the metallic yarn used as the tabby or tie down threads in the scarf below from the previous post, heat sensitive.

Southwest Glint

The metallic yarn or  thread was bought at the Houston International Quilt Festival two years ago. It was from the Marathon company and made in Korea. Other than saying it was a Metallic covered yarn, fiber content was not stated. The the core thread could be cotton, polyester, nylon or ? The sample was woven with patterned pull threads inserted to make crimp cloth. The fabric is steamed after pulling and tying the “pattern pull threads”.  Next the pull threads are removed. The experiment worked. I was pleased to learn that the mettallic yarn  had a heat treatable core, most likely polyester.

Now to weave a crimp weave scarf.

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Quilt Festival Inspiration

Illinois Album  by Jane Sassaman

Illinois Album
by Jane Sassaman

Though I haven’t done any quilting in a long time, the international Quilt Festival in Houston, TX is not to be missed. Between the Vendor Hall and the Quilt exhibits, it is difficult to see it all in one day. My legs are still tired 24 hours later while my brain is imaging all those delicious pattern and color combinations. This year I didn’t buy any fabric, but did buy a jacket pattern to use with some of my handwoven fabric in the future. Other purchases included: novelty threads to weave not sew with, Zippers for handbags, beads for weaving accents, and Dye and synthrapol from PRO Chemical and Dye. After tackling the Vendor Hall I spent time wandering the quilt displays.These are a few of my favorites.
The Peacock by Amira Wishinsky Technique: Bobbin Lace

The Peacock
by Amira Wishinsky
Technique: Bobbin Lace

Believe II by Reiko Nobata

Believe II
by Reiko Nobata