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Triangle or Rectangle
I just got a complete set of Weavette looms, which will be perfect for my summer weaving adventures. I enjoy taking a small loom outdoors to weave by the sea or on a hilltop. If only it would stop raining...
I just started Triangle or Rectangle from the current issue of WeaveZine. I'm using Jade Sapphire 2-ply cashmere in Clematis, which is a periwinkle blue color. It's going to be feather light and oh so soft!
This is my official pre-Rhinebeck project. Hopefully, you will see me wearing it there.
Its a lovely project, and should look stunning in that colour! You must post progress piccies, pretty please?
I'm still trying to work my way around posting on here, so please forgive any little whoopsies!
I'm working on a series of small cell phone or MP3 player purses woven out of my own handspun sari silks. I can spin the yarn softer ( and easier to use, lol) and also control the colour runs this way to avoid a "pizza" look. I also like my yarns textured and organic, and hopefully this transfers itself to the fabric so that it begs to be touched.
I am also in the process of warping up a couple of RH looms, and have another very basic loom set up with a cotton warp to make a larger bag using banana silks and cotton. I want to do the bag and strap all in one so its a circular warp, which should keep things interesting as I haven't quite decided how that will work yet. It should keep me busy for a while! <grin>
How did you like spinning the sari silk? I adore silks, but they cut my hands to ribbons when I spin.
I have woven with commercially spun sari silk on a tapestry loom, and it was ever so touchable. It softened considerably during weaving.
I have a picture up on my project page, but cannot figure out how to link to the project from here. It's called Cashmere Windowpanes.
I'm working on cotton wash cloths using Peaches & Cream worsted yarn on a small home made frame loom.
Have a good day!
The first sari silk yarn I came across, and then spun myself was very harsh on the hands when trying to crochet it! The silk fibres were quite straight. I now sell sari silks, and have some lovely soft sari fibres just perfect for spinning. I run them through a picker, card the fibres to break them up even more, then spindle spin them so the twist only just holds together. This results in a much softer and finer yarn than the commercial yarns - or my first attempts, lol!
I'm experimenting with adding lengths of very fine gauge copper wire to the yarn, as there is often gold or silver threads in among the sari silks from brocades. As this is not intended for a garment, but for a bag, I don't have to worry if the wire is a bit harsh but so far I can't feel it its so soft, and the flash of copper complements the sari silks beautifully.
The little bag I'm weaving at the moment is from recycled Thai silk, and the texture, colour and feel is quite different, but its still very tactile. I love it when things just come together like this!
How about posting the picture here and then let everyone know the details are on your project page. The one thing we worked very hard at was making it basically easy to add pictures on Weavolution. Your idea about linking your project to a post is a good one, I'll add it to our development suggestions for the future.
Thanks for Joining the Weavolution.
Claudia, Weavolution co-founder
Weaving a washcloth on a frameloom
This is an almost finished washcloth done on a frame loom.
My chopstick loom has evolved.
Still using the craft frame as frame for the loom. The chopsticks have
been replaced by 1/4 oak dowels. The piece on the frame was planned to
be 12 inch square. The bottom edge is 12". The top edge is 10-1/2".
There was some pull in as I worked my way up.
This time I used a
twined edge cords for top and bottom edges. Makes a better looking
finish edge than my previous experiment. If you look closely at the top
edge, you'll see where I remembered to weave around pairs of warp for
four rows. I'll have to experiment with more pairs like that.
tried to do edge cords on the sides but this did not come out as well.
I'll be playing with that more in the future. I like the look but I
missed a lot of picks while trying to weave in the side cords.
The weave looks open on the loom, but it tightens up nicely after wet finishing,
which is a trip through the washer and dryer.
The yarn is Peaches & Creme worsted cotton, White for the warp and Shades Of
Spring for the weft.
Have a good day!
My blog Franco's Fiber Adventure
I've been weaving washcloths on a frame loom to experiment with using up small amounts of yarn.
This project used less than 200 feet of yarn (66 yards).
You can see more pictures on my blog
Franco's fiber adventure entry for June 24 2009
Yes, doesn't the twined cord does give a nice edge! I've tried it on selvedge, unsuccessfully. I wonder if the secret is to go forward one way, then back the other way, to stop it winding around itself and getting so tangled? A couple of the descriptions I've read about it just said to periodically untangle it, but that implies that the twined warp threads are not actually joined to the frame at the top.
From what I read, the twined warp threads are tied to the frame at top and bottom.
When I tried using the twined warp edge cords, when edge cord got too twisted I untied it at top, untwisted it, tied it back on.
You can see on this picture of a recent washcloth, there is a missed warp on the upper right edge, its actually a loop!
There are more missed warps on the left side. But the twined cord edges look better overall, aside from the missed warp picks!
When card weaving, which is a warp faced weave and has similar problems with the warps tangling out of control, the trick is to balance your pattern so you reverse the direction you weave your cards back to what it started out as, because in true twining, the other end is not fastened to anything. Just a thought.
i am getting lots of good ideas from this group-those cell phone pouches sound great. When I go travelling here in South America where I live, I take my backstrap loom with me and a cute portable warping board that I made. I can usually find a piece of furniture in my hostel room to tie up to. I make small projects like book marks and key rings to give to other travellers I meet on the road. I weave them with 3 selvedges and braid the cut ends sealing the ends with white glue rather then tying a knot which is kind of bulky.The key rings are very popular with the local weavers-afterall EVERYONE has a key of some description. Sometimes when I have had more time to prepare for me trip I make little coin purses with a zip at the top. i don't have a single photo as I have given them all away!! I will, however, post a pic of my portable warping board. Stand by........
Here is a photo of my portable warping board that i mentioned in the last post to go with my portable loom. I travel for about a month so I like to be able to weave along the way. The board is a thin piece of wood with several holes drilled for different warp lengths. The warping posta are long screws secured to the board with a nut. it is good for teeny short projects as mentioned above-bookmarks and key rings. i weave a 3 selvedge band for a keyring and then turn the warp around and weave another. I finish the cut end with braids. I DO have a pic of a keyring that I made for my boyfriend witha precolumbian design. This was a ''special'' order by him (!!) so it doesn't have the braids.
I have been weaving on really small looms! My lavender plants are beginning to bloom and I have been making lavender wands. They make great sachets for drawers or to protect fiber and yarn from moths. My favorite use is to put one on my pillow in the morning. When I go to bed at night the pillow smells wonderful! Lavender is very restful!
If you google "lavender wands" you will find lots of instructions, all basically the same. I found a bunch of 9 flowers and 1/4" ribbon worked best for me.
Those are lovely! They will be popular at Christmas and birthdays! are they woven onto the bunch of lavender? That would be a very handy technique to know......I'm off to Google!
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My lavender is blooming right now, so I'll definitely check out making some of these. Thanks for the info!
I tound this link on Rav
The blog is from Argentina, in spanish, use your web translator, Babelfish did a decent job
Lots of frame loom stuff, strips, straps, and some shawls.
A lot of wonderful style and patterns.
Hi Weaver, go to your projects page and "copy" the weblink of that project.
Come back to your post in this forum (which I don't know which this is) and "edit" your post.
When you post a new message or edit a post you'll see that little globe with a chain "link" in front of it. If you click that function and "paste" your weblink there folks will see the link in your email and
for example, here I am linking to one of my projects...I put my cursor below and hit the globe and pasted the url, voila, ling to project page!
In the small looms department, I'm playing around with a linen bookmark on my Tornadowood bookmark loom. It was interrupted by other explorations (e.g., kumihimo) and rigid heddle baby blankets. I haven't worked much with plant fibres except crochet cotton, so I'm trying to bond with the neglected parts of my yarn collection.
(Hi to Noreen!)
aka Kurt Fowler
Sorry it took me so long to wave hello back to you! sorry about that! Not enough hours in the day! eep!
Lots of weaving going on, and soon, some shall be revealed! LOL!
Enjoy re-connecting to your neglected yarn stash....
In tablet weaving, many people turn the edge tablet(s) always in the same direction without reversing. They usually use some method of weighting the warps so the twist can periodically be pushed to the warp end where the weighted warps are hanging free to untwist themselves. I haven't tried this yet with any type of weaving, but the results in photos encourage me to do so.
I also like the sort of 'beaded' looking edges that result from reversing tablet weaving edge warps with the pattern (and I like weft in inkle and tablet weaving that contrasts with the edge warps also), but I've decided long ago my weaving preferences aren't often with the majority.
I think Franco should write a book called 'Making Stuff for Weaving Stuff" -- so creative!
Did you make the frame? Please describe how or where you bought it.
I love this piece!!!
This piece will be a "tote" when complete. Here it is fresh off the tapestry loom. Actually the bag is made I just have to complete a handle/strap. But I thought I would show it to you this way first. It is Peaches & Cream natural white cotton warp with perwinkle and white homespun (by me) cotton. Hope you like it as much as I do.
I have finally gotten around to starting a " pre-determined" design.
This one is a Gecko drawn by a friend of my step daughter's, Tara. I can't remember the young man's name so I will be keeping this one.
It is being done on my large 32" tapestry loom. The weaving is 15" wide and I have a 47" warp on the loom. It is warped at 6 ends per inch. (6 epi), with unmercerized 8 ply 100% cotton. So far I have a 3 1/2" bottom border, 5 rows of Soumak (about 1/4") and 1/1/2" more inch of border, totally 5 " before the design. I am using #10 mercerized cotton crochet thread in two shades of green double stranded for weft for the background. The soumak is in the same shade of moss green as the warp. I am just about to start the design of the gecko and I will start with the head.
The plan, so to speak, is to create a " tote" for myself. The last two efforts were not exactly what I need for my own use, even though they started out to be for me. The white one is already for sale on my artfire site, and the blue and perwinkle one will also be listed there as soon as I complete a strap of some sort. Watch for pictures of the listing.
The 1st picture is of the design itself. As you can see from how tattered it is I have been holding onto it for about 10 years.
So there you have it folks..."thats " What's on the loom!"
Looking at the colors I have chosen as my background I think you can tell it kind of reminds you of a Gecko's skin...kind of verigated, mottled...at least a little like a Lizard I hope.
I just posted a photo of my latest project on the small looms. There's information on my blog. www.hazelroselooms.com/wordpress/
Here is the green (Gecko) weaving just off the loom. It will soon be a hand bag/tote. I gave up on the Gecko and just did what comes naturally. 100% cotton 26 x 14 3/4 in . It is all ready to sew up...but I thought you might like to see the BEFORE pic.
This is what I have folded it into for now. It is only straight pinned so that I can think on it a little before I complete it. I am very happy with the asymmetrical flap.
That flap really makes it! It looks very classy and would work well as a clutch, just as it is. I suspect a strap or handle would not work - well,not for me anyway.
I love the colours! Its so unusual to see anything green. Here in Australia its almost like its been scrubbed off the colour charts and finding green yarn is hard, unless you luck onto a stash somewhere, yet something like this proves how versatile and user friendly the colour is.
Thank you so very much Caroline. To be honest I have such a huge stash of yarn, (my roommate used to weave alot also so I have access to hers as well) that I hardly ever go and buy yarn. These were just stuff we already had. I think it has taught me alot about design to be inventive with what I have on hand. The bag turned out great and I am actually using it as we speak. You can see it here. I have several handbags in the projects page, would love for you to check them out! I love feed back.
Nice bag, Marsha. I particularly like the shaping of the flap. Bags are a great way to work out ideas and use from the stash of yarn you mention... as well as have a useful result at the end.
Just a few pictures of my latest bands!
do others get double posts in this forum? Or is it just me?
It's not just you. I keep wondering when they will fix it.
I don't see double posts here. Where did you see that?
If there is a website problem, I will find out about it faster if you post it in the Forum "Improving Weavolution" which is here.
If you are using IE for your browser, you will have all sorts of problems because Drupal and IE don't get along well and Weavolution is built on Drupal.
Please post the url (from the address bar at the top of the page) of any double posts you see so I can report it to our developers and get it fixed.
Am using Firefox and THIS page is doubled all of the way down.
Thanks Marsha. I see the doubles and we are working on trying to figure out what is going on. It appears to be isolated to this post and may be legacy coding from our first website. We transferred all the comments from groups, forums, projects, drafts and users to this new site. Some of the old code which was corrupted may have lingered.
I will keep you posted.
Sorry that I am so infrequent a poster on the group.
I am immersed in writing a new small loom weaving book, so all my time is immediately schlurped up by creating the projects, weaving, weaving, weaving, as well as the writing and editing process.
Lots and lots and lots of hard work, but pure delight in the working!
I have enjoyed my natural colored huipil, and making it of course. After I played with dressing paper dolls, decided I would like another. But this one would be brightly colored with many colors.
So here it is underway:
I have it on my RH loom, the hot pink is 16/2 unmercerized cotton, the lime green stipes are 5/2 perle cotton and the brocade is embroidery floss. I like the contrast between the matte finish pink and the shine of the other two cottons. But the hot pink proved too problematic for any leno or gauze. The brocade is simple soumak. I like the colors. I was out in the Christmas rush this week buying more embroidery floss this week so I could keep the same color mix on the other 2 panels (this is a 3 panel huipil).
The brocade also looks embossed when you relax the tension on the warp.
This is so beautiful and fascinating. The colors are so rich and I'm intrigued by the process. How did you weave the diagonal weft threads?
Waiting to see the final product!
I absolutely adore your use of color and free form design. Bravo and job well done! Merry Christmas to you from you!
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