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ruthmacgregor's picture

Medium-wide summertime band

Project
Project Status: 
Finished
Project Date: 
Thu, 06/02/2011 - Fri, 06/24/2011
Yarn
Yarn: 8/2 cotton
Color: Navy, variegated
Type: warp
Yarn: 10/2 cotton
Color: Teal, chartreuse
Type: warp
Yarn: 8/2 cotton
Color: Navy
Type: weft
Loom
Loom Used: 
Semi-rigid heddle
Number of Shafts: 
2
Notes: 

This was the demo warp I set up for the ANWG conference (Association of Northwest Weavers' Guilds) at the start of June.  The semi-rigid heddle shown is the medium width (soon to appear on my website), which can produce narrow warp-faced bands, medium warp-dominant bands (like this one), or narrow strips of balanced-weave cloth (about 7 inches wide and 10 epi).  As you can see from the photos, I set it up inside the framework of a Schacht Cricket loom.  There are two good reasons for doing such a peculiar thing.  First, the Cricket frame, with its warp and cloth beams and nice ratchet-and-pawl brakes, lets you gracefully handle and control a long warp (very useful, when you're weaving on something that hangs suspended on the threads!).  Second, the Semi-Rigid Heddle lets you do things that aren't as comfortably accomplished with a plastic rigid heddle -- such as weaving with radically mixed warps, or weaving with delicate threads.  The Tex-Solv allows you to weave the width you want, without putting strain on the selvedge threads (it surprises even me -- it's very forgiving!).

For this band, I warped with the materials I had on hand -- and as you can see from the photo of the band at the fell line, they were varied!  The navy yarn was an 8/2 mercerized cotton from Webs.  The glittery fuchsia yarn was actually two yarns wound and threaded together:  a fine fuchsia rayon yarn (nice and shiny!), and a super-fine glitzy yarn in fluorescent orange, purchased from Russell Groff's estate.  The teal and chartreuse yarns were both #10 crochet cottons (and you'll notice they have a Z twist rather than an S twist).  And the variegated yarn, with its array of colours from slate blue to pink to off-white, was an 8/2 mercerized cotton from Webs.

My first band woven in the framework of the Cricket (posted as another project) made me think the Cricket's front-to-back length was a little too short to get a decent shed -- but I did a tidier job of beaming the warp for this one, and all was well.  The shed was still fairly small, but it was comfortably big enough for my loaded stick shuttle, and clean enough so there weren't any shedding problems.

So... I like the finished band so much that I now need to make a jacket to go with it.  (It looks wonderful on some medium-blue linen fabric I just happen to have in the stash.)  It's firm in the hand, but not stiff -- and it's not thick or heavy, so I think it will work nicely as trim around the lower edge of a jacket, or maybe on the sleeves, or as a front placket....

In fact, I like this band so much that I decided to weave more bands like to it, in related colourways!  (Hooray, a summer focus!)

The top-view photo above shows the "next" band, which is on the loom right now.  Now that I'm home from my travels, I don't have the same yarns I had when I was away -- so this new band is wildly mixed, combining knitting cottons, shiny gossamer ribbons, and a different kind of fuchsia sparkle.

One more thing:  this little loom is set up in our living room -- and our 19.5 year old cat has discovered that he loves weaving!  I no longer throw the shuttle all alone, not even if I want to. :-)

ChrisWeaveMaine's picture

Rigid heddle weft-faced tote

Project
Project Status: 
Finished
Project Date: 
Fri, 05/06/2011 - Fri, 05/20/2011
Yarn
Yarn:
Color:
Type:
Loom
Number of Shafts: 
2
Number of Treadles: 
0
Sett: 
5.00 EPI
Length on Loom: 
22.00 in
Width on Loom: 
16.00 in
Finished Length: 
20.00 in
Finished Width: 
16.00 in
Notes: 

I created the pattern simply by alternating colors every row in plain weft-faced weave between solid sections of each color.  The strap was woven in pearl cotton on a Palmer mini-inkle loom (warp-faced weave).

ChrisWeaveMaine's picture

Rigid Heddle Jacket

Project
Draft: 
plain weave
Project Status: 
Finished
Project Date: 
Wed, 04/03/1991 - Fri, 05/20/2011
Yarn
Yarn: Cotton
Color: Navy, Light Blue, Cream, Teal
Type: warp
Yarn: Handspun Yarn
Color: variegated
Type: weft
Loom
Loom Used: 
Harp
Number of Shafts: 
2
Number of Treadles: 
0
Sett: 
8.00 EPI
Length on Loom: 
7.00 ft
Width on Loom: 
24.00 in
Finished Length: 
6.00 ft
Finished Width: 
22.00 in
Notes: 

I warped and wove two sections of fabric, since my loom easily accommodates about two yards of this heavy of a fabric.  I used a Butterick pattern for the jacket with few modifications.  I cut each pattern piece with a rotary cutter, used a serger around all edges before sewing pieces together.  I embroidered wide double-fold bias tape and encased the front edges and pocket tops with that.

Claudia Segal's picture

DLC scarf

Project
Draft: 
plain weave
Project Status: 
Finished
Project Date: 
Sun, 05/05/1991 - Sun, 05/12/1991
Yarn
Yarn:
Color:
Type:
Loom
Number of Shafts: 
2
Number of Treadles: 
0
Sett: 
8.00 EPI
Length on Loom: 
90.00 in
Width on Loom: 
7.00 in
Finished Length: 
70.00 in
Finished Width: 
6.50 in
Anja's picture

Stripes n loops

Project
Draft: 
plain weave
Project Status: 
Finishing
Project Date: 
Fri, 05/10/1991 - Fri, 06/10/2011
Yarn
Yarn:
Color:
Type:
Loom
Number of Shafts: 
2
Sett: 
30.00 Ends/cm
Length on Loom: 
70.00 cm
Width on Loom: 
45.00 cm
Finished Length: 
60.00 cm
Finished Width: 
40.00 cm
Notes: 

11.05.2011:

I have chosen the yarn and the colors: like to have a sunny-sommer-style, so I took cotton and bright colors.

13.05.2011:

I managed warping. I thought a lot about the stripes and finally decided to make only five ones, because more of them could be too much distraction from the central motif. I hope this still goes with the theme of the WAL.

20.05.2011:

I started weaving. At first, I had to do some trial & error, in order to choose the appropriate size of the knitting needle, but finally I decided for the 5mms and 2 rows between the loops (to stabilize the fabric). Now that I better can imagine the finished look, I regret that I did'nt do some more stripes (at least in the middle). Well, let's see. Maybe I will do a second piece. Cushions never come singly, do they?

11.06.2011:

I finally finished weaving. Next step is washing before I will sew in the zipper.

12.06.2011:

The zipper is in and so is the filling. I will definitly think about some other pillows but will vary the making. Let's see...

 

JuliaT's picture

Bouquet of Posies Scarf

Project
Project Status: 
Weaving
Project Date: 
Thu, 05/05/2011 - Thu, 05/19/2011
Yarn
Yarn: Sugar'n Cream Solid
Color: Cream
Type: warp
Yarn: Sugar'n Cream Solid
Color: Hot Green
Type: warp
Yarn: Sugar'n Cream Solid
Color: Cream
Type: weft
Yarn: Sugar'n Cream Solid
Color: Rose Pink
Type: weft
Loom
Number of Shafts: 
2
Number of Treadles: 
0
Length on Loom: 
90.00 in
Width on Loom: 
6.25 in
Finished Length: 
65.00 in
Finished Width: 
6.00 in
Notes: 

Warp: 6, 3, 6, 3, 6, 3, 6  (6 Cream, 3 Hot Green)

Weft: 3 Rows-Cream, tie off.  *5 Rows Straight Weave-Cream, Bouquet Stitch around the all the Green Threads only-Cream, Straight weave 2 rows leaving a gap above bouquet stitch-Cream, Danish Medallion Stitch in Rose Pink(straight weave, right to left, through cream threads, danish medallion around 2 previous weaved rows between cream and green threads. Weave under one green thread, danish medallion in center of green threads. Weave under 2 green threads, danish medallion between green and cream threads. Repeat to end of row, weave ends in.)*  Repeat from * to * until you reach the end and weave three rows of cream, tie off, weave ends in.

kendrick43's picture

Four Directions Frame

Project
Project Date: 
Sun, 01/23/2011 - Tue, 01/25/2011
Yarn
Yarn:
Color:
Type:
Loom
Number of Shafts: 
2
Number of Treadles: 
2
Sett: 
10.00 EPI
Width on Loom: 
4.00 in
Finished Width: 
3.75 in
Notes: 

A new take on the four directions. 

JuliaT's picture

Spring Green Cotton Scarf

Project
Project Status: 
Finished
Project Date: 
Sun, 04/24/2011 - Wed, 05/04/2011
Yarn
Yarn: Mercerized Cotton
Color: Celadon
Type: warp
Yarn: Mercerized Cotton
Color: Light Silver
Type: warp
Yarn: Mercerized Cotton
Color: Grass Green
Type: weft
Yarn: Mercerized Cotton
Color: Teal
Type: weft
Yarn: Mercerized Cotton
Color: Celadon
Type: weft
Loom
Number of Shafts: 
2
Number of Treadles: 
0
Length on Loom: 
90.00 in
Width on Loom: 
9.00 in
Finished Length: 
8.50 in
Finished Width: 
70.00 in
Notes: 

 

I used Tahki Cotton Classic Lite Yarn, Weight-Sport / 5 ply, 146 yards per skein-I warped Loom using a 10 dpi heddle. 4 Celadon, 4 Light Silver, 16 Celadon, 4 Light Silver, 16 Celadon, 4 Light Silver, 4 Celadon. Straight Weave 3 rows Celadon, tie off the 3 Celadon rows in groups of 4 to make fringe. Straight Weave Grass Green for 2 rows then start pattern 1 with Grass Green. P/U Stick 1= 4 up, 4 down P/U Stick 2= 2 up, 2 down In Colors: Grass Green & Teal Pattern 1: Up & P/U Stick 2 Down Up & P/U Stick 2 Down P/U Stick 1 Down Repeat Pattern 1, 3 more times alternating colors Pattern 2: Straight Weave in Colors: Celadon, Grass Green & Teal 4-Celadon 2-Grass Green 2-Teal 4-Celadon Pattern 3: 2 up, 2 down in Colors Grass Green & Teal Up & 2 up, 2 down Down Up & 2 up, 2 down Down -Change Color- Up & 2 down, 2 up Down Up & 2 down, 2 up Down Repeat Pattern 3, 1 more time. Pattern 4: 2 up, 2 down in Colors Grass Green & Teal Up Down & 2 up, 2 down Up Down & 2 up, 2 down -Change Color- Up Down & 2 down, 2 up Up Down & 2 down, 2 up Repeat Pattern 4, 1 more time. Pattern 5: 4 up, 4 down, 16 up, 4 down, 16 up, 4 down, 4 up Up & 4 up, 4 down, 16 up, 4 down, 16 up, 4 down, 4 up Down & 4 up, 4 down, 16 up, 4 down, 16 up, 4 down, 4 up-Change Colors- Up & 4 up, 4 down, 16 up, 4 down, 16 up, 4 down, 4 up Down & 4 up, 4 down, 16 up, 4 down, 16 up, 4 down, 4 upPattern 6: Up-Grass Green, Down-Teal -Weaving to Right to Left- Up-Grass Green Down-Teal -Weaving Left to Right- Up-Grass Green Down-Teal Repeat pattern 6 until your paper protecting the yarn drops from the loom and you can see the end warp threads tied on. Pattern 5: 4 up, 4 down, 16 up, 4 down, 16 up, 4 down, 4 up Up & 4 up, 4 down, 16 up, 4 down, 16 up, 4 down, 4 up Down & 4 up, 4 down, 16 up, 4 down, 16 up, 4 down, 4 up-Change Colors- Up & 4 up, 4 down, 16 up, 4 down, 16 up, 4 down, 4 up Down & 4 up, 4 down, 16 up, 4 down, 16 up, 4 down, 4 upPattern 4: 2 up, 2 down in Colors Grass Green & Teal Up Down & 2 up, 2 down Up Down & 2 up, 2 down -Change Color- Up Down & 2 down, 2 up Up Down & 2 down, 2 up Repeat Pattern 4, 1 more time. Pattern 3: 2 up, 2 down in Colors Grass Green & Teal Up & 2 up, 2 down Down Up & 2 up, 2 down Down -Change Color- Up & 2 down, 2 up Down Up & 2 down, 2 up Down Repeat Pattern 3, 1 more time. Pattern 2: Straight Weave in Colors: Celadon, Grass Green & Teal 4-Celadon 2-Grass Green 2-Teal 4-Celadon Pattern 1: Up & P/U Stick 2 Down Up & P/U Stick 2 Down P/U Stick 1 Down Repeat Pattern 1, 3 more times alternating colors that end in Grass green as the last color. Straight Weave 2 rows of Grass Green. Straight Weave 3 rows of Celadon, Tie off the 3 Celadon rows in groups of 4 to make fringe.

 

clgy's picture

4th project - two 3/2 100% mercerized cotton table runners

Project
Project Status: 
Finished
Yarn
Yarn: 3/2 Perle Cotton
Color: White
Type: warp
Yarn: 3/2 Perle Cotton
Color: White
Type: weft
Loom
Number of Shafts: 
2
Sett: 
10.00 EPI
Length on Loom: 
20.00 in
Width on Loom: 
16.00 in
Finished Length: 
18.00 in
Finished Width: 
13.25 in
JuliaT's picture

Watercolors Scarf

Project
Project Status: 
Finished
Project Date: 
Mon, 04/04/2011 - Mon, 04/18/2011
Yarn
Yarn: Cotton Classic Lite
Color: Light Silver
Type: warp
Yarn: Cotton Classic Lite
Color: Celadon
Type: weft
Yarn: Cotton Classic Lite
Color: Grass Green
Type: weft
Yarn: Cotton Classic Lite
Color: Teal
Type: weft
Loom
Number of Shafts: 
2
Number of Treadles: 
0
Length on Loom: 
95.00 in
Width on Loom: 
7.75 in
Finished Length: 
70.00 in
Finished Width: 
7.00 in
Notes: 

I was inspired by the colors on a paper flower from a gift, then I went and picked the yarn from that. I picked a pattern from the Weaver’s Idea Book on Page 100, Warp and Weft Faced Floats, called the Double Windowpane, Mock Waffle Weave. I used one string heddle along with my 10dpi rigid heddle, warping the loom with the light silver colored yarn, then I rotated through the Celadon, Grass Green, & Teal yarn colors as I weaved the scarf for this pattern.