This is part of my exploration of modern tweeds. It is both light weight and supple. Made from 5 different yarns, a cotton flake, a heather 8/2 wool. a very fine varigated wool, a turquoise fine worsted (spinning, not size) wool, and polyester "FunFur". The scarf is a generous 13" by 90" with 7" of twisted fringe on each end. The Fun Fur gives a subtle hairy appearance to the cloth. The hair was buried during the weaving and is slowly working it way out; I expect the fuzzy to continue to develop. The sewn tam is lined and adorned with a ribbon cockade and button. For sunrise services even if it snows.
Here is another version of my 8H twill block design. This time I scaled the blocks back to about 2/3 the size of my previous towels in order to produce more texture. I am pleased with the results and made an effort to show the "bumps" in the finished towels by taking a few of the photos minus the flash.
This nine yard warp produced nine towels each approximately 19" x 28". They have a very pleasing hand.
Using Habu silk A-4, working thru sett and yield sample scarf. I have a series of natural dyes from my valley dyed on this yarn and I want to do a series of scarves. This scarf is a warm up to "learn the yarn" and design for it. Sett, Drape, Color..... this particular warp is done for only one scarf using my 1 oz skeins of oak leaves, various acorns and wild madder. This will tell me how much yarn is used in one scarf so I can design with what I have on hand! Color challenge, I ran dyepots "without" planning for the final project so it will be a challenge to use up the colors I have done. Here is a link to where I put the yarns up on line....
Block weave twill using 3 shuttles to create more block effect - from Interweave's book Twill Thrills as basis
Someone on Weavolution (I think) made a bag out of a long strip of handwoven fabric. I thought it was a very clever design and wanted to do one of my own as a tote for water bottles. I sewed the seams by hand and cut short fringe on the ends. I would probably hem the ends if I was at home and had access to my sewing machine.
I found the source of this design ... well, at least where I found it. It's http://donisdelis.blogspot.com/2009/01/l...
A friend wanted her skiens of handspun, 2 ply, woven into a a fabric suitable for a jacket. The handspun was a lovely dark heather that reminded us of mallard ducks. The handspun was limited. Chose a pattern for the jacket with out collar cuffs, lapels and princess styling to avoid the bulk of darts; needed 2.5 yds of 45" fabric. Wove the cloth half width to reduce the loom waste. Added two yarns to the handspun; a milk chocolate suri alpaca with 10% tencel) and a teal boucle. Made the warp 22" wide and 6.5 yards long for 6 yds. woven fabric and 1/2yd. loom waste. A 2/2 twill structure allows the cloth to be dense enough and still be pliable enough for a jacket.
The cloth is 75% hand spun, threaded in a straight twill with both accent yarns both on H4. Woven as a straight 2/2 twill with 3 shuttles. The cloth is quite lovely but has been hard to photograph; the curls of the boucle seem to catch the flash and seem much more prominent in the pics.
Doing this on a table loom without treadles is quite difficult. I suggest using a magnetic board for keeping track of the progress per rapport.
Had to weave double the length, cut in half and stitch selvedges together. There is a little puckering (minor) where my picks per inch varies due to inconsistent beating.