I am bumping into more and more resources online for these fabulous Kyrgyz yurt bands. A gentleman in Beijing has just shared part of his collection with me so I have a lot of charting and weaving to do! You can see some of his pieces on my blog.The colors are so fabulous. I am especially taken with their use of blue and red together. I guess it is so appealing as now that I think of it, blue is not used very much here in Bolivian traditional textiles. I saw more indigo dyed textiles in Ecuador.
So I took one of the small border motifs and wove it as mirrored image in two columns and made a belt. It has been glued and will be later sewn for extra strength onto a piece of webbing.
A tutorial for weaving this design is on my blog...
I took the border design from a yurt band and used it to weave another wee cell phone pouch.
I wove it in a few samples using various yarns and colors and settled on the version on the right as it resembled most closely the border on the yurt band.
I have done a tutorial on weaving this border design on my blog today and have included a bit more about the Ecuadorian weavers who taught me this technique and their cotton spinning tradition.
I used the design and technique from a woven yurt band to weave this little piece to make a cell phone pouch as a gift for a friend. The band has simple warp floats-the technique which is taught in the second beginner tutorial in the Backstrap Weaving Group. The only difference is that here the warp floats cover the entire surface of the piece.
Virag has been sending me photos of yurt bands and other Central Asian weavings for a a while now and I have been wanting to chart and weave one the designs for a long time. Amazing how similar some of these designs are to Andean ones. It is also intersesting how the upper surface of this weave resembles Andean pebble weave although they are not the same at all.
There is plenty more info about all this in my blog post today as well as a tutorial on 4-strand braids and a new pattern chart for simple warp float technique.
This is ikat the "easy way" as I bought this warp in Guatemala already prepared. It had been wrapped, dyed and unwrapped and now is ready to go onto the loom. It is a bit of a surprise package as I have no idea what the design will be although the seller spread out the warps in one section for me so I could see more or less what I could expect.. It's kind of a mess-I have yet to locate the cross!
Edit-Yay I found the cross right at the very end. Maybe I can weave a bit of this this weekend........
I have prepared my own warp for an ikat experiment in the past. After trying to tie the warps with various materials I finally came up with a good-ish one. It is has one flaw though........read about it on my blog!
My own ikat warp ready for dyeing.
PS mY blog post today includes a tutorial on cross knit looping- a nice finish for the edges of woven pieces.
These are Mapuche influenced designs woven with a supplementary warp. I wove it as one long piece on my backstrap loom and cut it up to make small zippered coin purses. They are posed in the photo against baskets made from paja toquilla which I bought in Ecuador. This is the same straw that is used to make the Panama hats.
Here they are on the loom...
I learned this weaving technique in Huancayo, Peru and more recently in Salsaca in Ecuador where it is used to make the typical belt.
Here I am making a large piece with the Salasaca designs to use as as the cover for the journal where I document the technique and weaving process.
I blogged today about learning to weave this in Salasaca if you would like to learn more.
This is an attempt to reproduce the design, woven with a supplememntary weft on a tiny precolumbian fragment. You can see the fragment there next to my design. It is not an exact reproduction as the floats in the scrap are too long for my liking. As this is going to be a tool bag, long floats would simply not be practical-too much snag potential. I would need to use a much finer ground weave yarn in order to have floats over so many warps. I would love to know the original use for this textile as I have only seen this technique used to make hat bands here.
I blogged today about my precolumbian textile fragments and how I got hold of them as well as other attempts to reproduce the structures and designs on them.
I hope you will take a look.
There are a couple of pattern charts for you to use there too.
I am nearing the end of the original Abba Yohanni motif piece which will be a table runner. I have since added a (very large) hotpad-perhaps for the Thanksgiving turkey! and am working on a set of mug rugs using the center of the motif. I may yet add a set of four placemats. This set will be a gift for someone on my next trip to Australia.
The set is in my blog post today with two videos of me weaving the one-weft double weave technique making a Mexican motif mug rug. The videos are meant to supplement my instructions for this technique in the Backsyrap Group forum rather than stand alone as an instructional tool.
There are also videos of weavers in Candelaria and Tarabuco and a celebration of coca leaves with the beautiful woven bags that are made to carry them. Lots of pictures. I hope you'll take a look.:-)
I haven't been able to stop thinking about this design since Rob S posted it here on his 300+ tablet woven reproducton of the curtain hanging in the cave church at Abba Yohanni in Ethiopia.
Finally I have warped up and am weaving a part of the design in double weave bordered by black plain weave. I am not sure what the piece will be in the end and will decide as it progresses. I plan to weave it in reveresed colors next as the center of the piece.
It makes a brief appearance on my blog post today.......
I hope you will take a look :-)
After having woven a bunch of multi colored key fobs, this makes quite a change and now I have to deal with getting all the dust and fluff off the black-everything shows!
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.