Some key fobs that I make now and then between big projects which allows me to play with colors on small designs. I keep a collection of these handy as they make nice gifts. Some of these are not finished as they need to have their ends braided. I braid the ends or sew the edge and leave a fringe although I prefer braids-a lot of work braiding all those ends! but relaxing.
Some are made with 8/2 and 4/2 cotton and others with doubled sewing thread to get more detail in the tiny space. I may not be able to part with the sewing thread ones!
I blogged about these today along with a tutorial for supplementary weft patterning. I hope you will take a look! :-)
I always take a bunch of bookmarks, key fobs and coin purses with me when I travel as gifts for people I meet along the way-fellow travelers and weavers. I also take my loom along so I can continue weaving bookmarks and other things during the trip.
I blogged today about how I make my bookmarks and weaving ''on the road''. I also share the pattern charts for my llama motif bookmark as well photos and stories about the lovely llama.
This was made using Laura Fry's roepath article in WeaveZine and following a WAL proposed in the WAL group. I used my 10 dpi rigid heddle on my backstrap loom and set up 4 sets of string heddles.-2 in front of the RH and 2 behind. I was able to use the RH as a beater.
This is a table runner for my mother.
Above.........weaving the last row of flowers. I used the daisy and butterfly patterns and wove them using doubled strands of embroidery floss. I chose not to weave the motifs all the way to the edges and so had to weave a little fill in in the plain weave area between the motifs and the edge.
It is one of my resolutions this year to weave at least one balanced weave on my backstrap loom per month (as I am usually all about warp faced weaves).........so, one down for January!
My first backstrap weaving project: a backstrap from the Weavezine article Backstrap Basics.
Made from stash yarn.
Helena (Telaranha) has been posting wonderful projects with beautiful designs of the Huni Kuin people of tropical Brazil and Peru and I chose one of the designs to make this bag wth supplementary weft patterning. This is not the weaving technique employed by the Huni Kuin people and I adapted the design to weft inlay. Since going to Guatemala in 2008, I have been wanting to do more with supplementary weft patterning and recently made a table runner with a Central Asian motif using this method.
I blogged today about the use of this technique here in Bolivia and about how I learned to weave it in Guatemala with lots of nice pictures of my teacher and her textiles. I hope you will take a look. :-)
I was inspired by designs in Joanne Hall's Mexican Tapestry Weaving book to make another set of mug rugs, this time with a Mexican theme and then, while thinking about more projects to make with 12 wpi cotton in double weave, I came up with a matching hot pad. I wove all on my backstrap loom-big bold and spicy!.
I f you would like a better look at the motifs and the pattern chart for the hotpad, check out my latest blog post where I also give a tutorial on making continuous string heddles. There are photos of my indigenous teachers showing how they make their heddles too.
Check out my blog on backstrap weaving!
With a little help from a friend (above), I created a tutorial on putting together a backstrap loom on my blog today. I covered this in my article on WeaveZine, but as the name of the article implies, (Backstrap Basics) I didn't cover all the details and refinements. So, they are now there on my blog with lots of photos.
There are also photos and information about the weavers of Potolo here in Bolivia and the strange and complex designs they create in their weavings.
I hope you will take a look. :-)
Playing and experimenting with balanced weaves on my backstrap loom, I made a black and white pinwheel piece without a rigid heddle and then this red and white one with the aid of the rigid heddle to help with maintaining warp spacing. Both pieces were successful but using the rigid heddle was more relaxing (not having to be constantly checking those rogue warps that want to squirm over into warp face) despite having to cut and thread the ends.
Woven with 12 wpi merc cotton and the 7.5dpi heddle.
Using the simple warp float patterning, that you can learn with the Backstrap Weaving Group's second beginner tutorial, I made a placemat and two matching mug rugs on my backstrap loom. The knot design on the placemat is adpated from a design I saw here at Weavolution's project page on a card woven band and fell in love with. I tried to reproduce a segment of the design on the mug rugs in double weave.
I would love to see those who have been following the tutorial in the Backstrap Group also using the technique for wider pieces rather than just bands. and I hope this project inspires you!
I posted to my blog today about weaving wider pieces on the backstrap loom with pictures of some other placemats that I have made using this patterning technique. I hope you will visit my blog and check it out. :-)