Friday, 10 January 2014

Shock!!!

Well!! That's come as a complete shock! 
I got up this morning with a rough plan of what I was going to do .... but have found myself stripping down and dusting off Douglas (floor loom) and getting ready to wind on a warp I made months ago!
I can't remember what I was going to do with the warp!
It's yellow silk linen blend so I'm going to put it on and make it up as I go along! 


Still got the random warp on Leonard (table loom) which I need to finish ready to start some samples for my Cert of Ach portfolio.


Looks like I'm going to be a busy bee!!! 

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to one and all! Here's hoping it's a fun, healthy year filled with yarny happiness!!!!!


Friday, 27 December 2013

Bits n bobs


I have been doing bits and bobs of weaving using varied yarns in the warp (on Len, table loom).
Just plain weave, but needed to weave something quick to use to make Christmas gifts.
Hopefully pictures are below!!!
This warp (and weft) uses bits and bobs from my 'stash' with some sparkly bits to try and add to the festive feel!
This piece is woven using some beautiful wool from Estonia, which my friend sells here in England. Link to website below 

https://www.janeflanagantextiles.co.uk/shop

It's beautiful yarn and comes in so many gorgeous colours. I've really enjoyed working with it and shall be buying more very soon!!! 

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Oops!!!

Very shocked to accidentally click onto blog and realise it's nearly a year since I last posted anything.
Even more shocked, and saddened, to realise that I haven't touched Douglas (floor loom) since those scarves were finished in April!!!
Both these issues are about to be rectified so watch this space!!!!

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Hard work!!

Since my last post I've been brave and submitted my lace weave scarves for entry into an exhibition . . . . and they've been accepted!!!

I'm very excited and am working hard to get everything ready.

Working so hard I've had to enlist some help!

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Finished!!

Hazaaaaah!

The lace weave samples are finished and off the loom!

They are each approx 10" long by approx 10" wide. They are swedish lace, all on the same threading but 3 different treadling patterns done in 5 different colourways. The yarn used is a linen silk blend and is beautiful!!






Now that the samples are done and checked I can get on with the scarves themselves!!







Sunday, 17 March 2013

Enough is enough!!

Well! As you've probably guessed, I was accosted and held prisoner by the blogging procrastination fairy. I have been weaving and "doing" but just not put it on my blog. Naughty! 
I have had a stern talk with myself and am DETERMINED to post more often! There! It's in writing now, so I'll have to do it.

Back to the weaving:
I have woven a selection of scarves in shetland wool, some in alternating 3/1, 1/3 twill stripes (see pictures below) and some in waffle weave (see pictures below, below!!).

3/1, 1/3 twill:

 

On the same warp I used the same treadling but used black in the weft for one scarf, then blue in the weft and then white in the weft (which I found I really didn't like!). I've included a close-ish picture to try and show the difference in the stripes where the 1/3 and 3/1 threading gave either a predominantly warp coloured stripe or a predominantly weft coloured stripe.

Waffle weave:
 











Again I used the same warp to weave 2 scarves. In the first scarf I used the same order of coloured stripes that had been used in the warp to weave the weft. In the second scarf I had the striped warp but used a lime green across the whole weft. I've included a close-ish photo again to try and show the waffle structure (which is achieved by the combination of threading and treadling and becomes much more pronounced once the weaving is off the loom and washed.)

Since weaving these items I have been working on some "yardage". I say yardage, but had so little yarn left it should be classed as "inch-age" really. I can't put pictures of this on here yet as I'm going to use this fabric to make an item which will be a birthday gift and I don't want prying eyes seeing it before "the day"!! Once that day has passed I'll put pictures on (if I remember!). I used a small amount of unidentified yarn (which was given to me on an unlabelled cone, but I think it contains some wool) which was a lovely combination of space dyed colours. It varied from limey green through brown through purple back to green. Looks better than it sounds. I've woven it in plain weave so that the variagations have made their own pattern and I really like it! Hope the recipient does too!

That brings us more or less up to date! So at the moment I'm trying some krokbragd on my table loom. Krokbragd being a scandinavian weft faced weave using three shafts and a thick, widely spaced warp. It's quite slow growing as it takes 3 passes of the weft to complete one visible pick of weft. I'm enjoying it, but think that once I've followed the instructions for the different patterns that I have available (and thereby understand what I'm doing!) I can begin to play with the patterns and colours myself. Very exciting!!

Krogbragd (sorry the picture's not completely in focus, don't know what went wrong!)








On my floor loom I've been doing swedish lace weave samples using a fine linen/silk blend yarn. It's beautiful yarn which has a lovely sheen to it and is quite strong despite being fine.

I've done 2 different treadlings so far using the same threading (but forgot to take pictures of them as I was weaving them!). I'm trying to use colours to reflect the onset of spring. Sadly there is more spring springing in my weavery than there is in the garden at the moment!!

This is the latest sample, which isn't very spring like at all!! I wondered how the pattern would look using 2 contrasting colours and have chosen a mocha-ish colour and a turquoise-ish colour. The warp is gold. Sadly I couldn't get the lighting quite right for the photo and the colours look a bit bleached out and the contrast is much more defined in the flesh.



I'm hoping to finish this warp this weekend and will wash and finish the four pieces I've done so far and then post pictures on here SOON!

As well as general life, weaving, children and husband wrangling I'm also trying to learn how to use our camera properly so hopefully as well as being more prolific with my blogging entries the quality should improve soon too!

Right! Blogging conscience appeased I'm back off to the weavery to weave!!