Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Made in the USA

     So in celebration of Made in the USA day (yesterday) I spent some time getting things together for the next couple of runs.  Here is the progress of the tencel scarves:


     I'm going with an A-B color pattern and an echo weave on an old pattern.  I've done this one before just not in these colors.

  
      A couple of different angles because the pictures just don't do justice to the pattern.  Natural sunlight will really show off the drape, shine, and pattern once they're off the loom and finished.


      Threads counted for the next run of table mats on the Glimakra.  I went with a color combination that is going to make my aunt's toes curl :)

     


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Summer Shibori Shawls Completed!

     It's been abnormally cool and wet for Spring in the Northeast so these shawls fit perfectly.  I once did a show in June and remember it being sweltering hot out and there I was attempting to sell scarves with little success.  That was years ago...if I had attempted the same thing this year, I may be successful!  These shawls turned out beautiful!  I'm happy to say that the material used was not poly and the dye really took leaving bold bright colors.

     The first step after removing the fabric from the loom was to twist the fringe and then pull the supplementary warp threads to bind and create the resist.


     Then soaking the bound fabric to prepare it to take on the dye.  The dye is then added and let cure for around 24 hours.



      Viola!  I chose green, blue, and purple because...well, why not?  Three different shawls:  one with all three, one with green and blue, and the last with blue and purple.  All of them were steam ironed as flat as possible and hung out to dry.







     The next run will go on the loom starting this weekend and hopefully the handwoven shop will be open by the end of July...sooner if I ever get pictures taken.  :)
    

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Shibori Shawls

     I finally finished the run of 20/2 tencel scarves that I've been working on since August of last year.  It's so embarrassing that I had a run on the loom for that long.  I have no idea what it was but I just couldn't get myself to sit down and weave the last one.  Last weekend I took a day and just polished off what was left of the warp.  There was some left over and I even made myself weave that so that I have samples.  I'm currently in the process of twisting the fringe and as soon as that's finished I'll wet finish, iron and get some pictures.  Once that is all done, I should have enough to reopen the Etsy store.  Yay!




      The next run will be another set of Shibori however this time I'm going about 18" or so wide for a nice wide scarf or shawl.  The challenge will be to get the center of the bound fabric not to curl which usually gives the middle less dye exposure.  An experiment in due time.  Since I have so much natural yarn on cones, I figured I would be safe going with the thicker yarn because of the amount of time it took me to finish the 20/2 scarf.  Playing it safe here. 




     I can't remember for the life of me where I got this yarn.  All I do know is that I've had it for about 10 years.  Time to go!




     As I got the warp ends counted out, I noticed that this stuff is super soft and light.  There aren't any identification marks on the cone other than where it came from and the color so I have no idea what the fiber content is.  If I were to guess, I'd say a cotton rayon blend however, because it's so light it may be more rayon but I'm keeping my fingers crossed because if this turns out to be poly, I'm going to cry.




     The warp is beamed and I'm ready to thread and get to weaving! :)

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Back to Shibori

    There is a lot of natural yarn in my stash so Shibori just seemed like the right way to deal with it.  The first run is a natural boucle cotton.


 The cotton was pretty thick so I sett it at 15 epi and started in with a supplemental weft to bind the fabric once I remove it from the loom.

The next step was to twist the fringe


And finally bind the fabric using the supplemental weft then dye!

These pictures were taken inside.  Once they're dry, I'll iron them, take some nice natural light photos and finally have something available in the Sunrisehandwovens Etsy store!  Viola!







Thursday, January 12, 2017

Dying Like Crazy!

     Taking time to build back up the inventory in the shop has been one of my goals...and the reason for the lack of posts in the past couple of months.  The shop is bright and full of yarn, actually more than I've ever had at once.  Etsy has changed so much in the past three years as to how potential customers find your listing.  A search used to start with the most recently listed whereas now by keyword, which has taken a bit of fiddling and I'm sure I have so much more to do.  The good news is that their tracking system is easy to navigate and I can easily change search keywords to better fit listings as I see how potential customers find Sunrise.  Either way, the dye pots have been bubbling and spinning wheel spinning to fill up the shop with hand dyed and hand spun yarns.  Shortly after reopening, I got a call from my favorite customer.  She comes up with the best color, fiber, and additive ideas and I was thrilled to sit at the wheel to create for her again.  With my creative juices flowing...here are a few of the color combos!





     As far as the weaving has gone, I've got two of the yellow scarves done and am currently working on the browns.  Once my dye baths are set for this weekend, I'll hopefully finish those :)  

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Here We Go 20/2 Waves and Water

     Years ago I wove some bookmarks in 20/2 tencel and I remember being terrified at the thought of weaving with such fine threads.  Well, today I started weaving with those same fine threads, being 20/2 tencel, using one of my original patterns Waves and Water.  This changes the element of the fabric due not only to the finer threads but a much denser epi.
And then through the reed.
The tension set!
Color selection of the first scarf :)
Header woven in!  It's going to happen!!!!
Ok...pattern emerging...
     I'd have to say that I'm happy with the results thus far.  Since I have enough on the warp for 4 scarves, I might change colors a couple of times to see how it works out with the white background.  Comparing this to the same pattern in the past in 8/2 tencel, the 20/2 is about half the width and certainly more picks per inch. The fabric should have fabulous drape.  I guess I'll just have to see when I wet finish them.
      In other news, I have a lot of 20/2 silk that I purchased over 5 years ago so, I figured I would dye some of it to see how it turned out.  I have pictured above two different brands of 20/2 silk in the same dye bath.  The dye took a bit differently.  The two skeins on the left are from the same company and the four skeins on the right are from another.  From what I have read, a true black is hard to achieve but all in all I think I'm happy with the results of this dye test.  They rinsed clear and I'm really excited to get into dying some more silk and creating one of a kind pieces.

More pictures and updates to come! :)







Saturday, October 29, 2016

Back to Waves and Water

     It's been a while since I've woven and I figured going back to where the design started would be a great place to re-begin.  Waves and Water was one of my first successful and weavable designs.  I have a bunch of 20/2 tencel in white, some in yellow fleck, and some in browns that I've been staring at for a couple of years.  I think that the yellow will be a beautiful compliment and should shimmer next to the stark white and of course the brown will be much more bold and warm.  I've counted the ends...434 to be exact...and now I'm gearing up to warp the loom!  I can't wait!


      This is the current loom set up!  The Megado is happy positioned in my massive hallway that is currently doubling as my studio space.  With 13' ceilings and a bright airy sunny room, I just can't wait to get going on this project!
      A view from the loom towards the living room.  Our massive floor cushion made from recycled jeans and Jeremiah happily snugged up on the couch with the Ipad.  Life is good :)

Monday, July 27, 2015

A New Day

So do I use  the same address. .... ...no

Sunday, November 11, 2012

SILK!

The hardest thing to do for me, at times, is to consider the price of silk.  It is so very expensive!!!  I usually can't wrap my mind around purchasing it.  There are several sources out there that offer silk and about a year ago I purchased around 2 lbs of natural silk to dye.  A brave move for me considering the price!  Eeek!  I knew I had a pattern and I knew what colors I wanted......now to make the next step and get the project started!  I selected four hanks to be dyed and Chris and I got busy dying them in a variegated blue and a variegated green keeping them monochromatic since I was going to be using an echo weave pattern.



Once the ends were counted out, the loom was dressed and I was happily weaving.  I wove two with a solid black weft......the weft was not dyed here in the studio, it was commercially dyed.  


The best part about this project was that I had finished twisting fringe on the scarf with a black solid weft in diamonds, pictured below, at a farmer's market.  Since it was fresh off the loom, I had no intentions of selling it that day......it hadn't been washed or pressed!  My friend Lynn insisted that I put this new marvel on the mannequin to display for all to see.  The moment the sun hit this scarf and the colors popped, one of the ladies at the market grabbed it and threw it around her neck.  It was stunning on her!  AND she insisted that she purchase it!  I was hesitant since it hadn't been washed and pressed.  She insisted!  Ok!  No problem!  SOLD!   Hooray!!! 
I had also repeated the two patterns with a cream weft for a more subtle look.  They certainly aren't as dramatic as the black weft but a calm soothing pattern.  



The next run up was a simple time filler.  A solid black warp in a straight draw to I could 'play' with patterning.  First was a simple scarf in blue.


Though the next scarf didn't exactly come out as planned, I was having fun playing with the different possibilities of designing with a straight draw. 


Of course I had to play with broken twill!  The hot pink was a pretty good selection for a scarf that just screams! 


Most of the yarn I have the studio out is displayed out in the open.  There is one cone of a sparkle copper filament that Jeremiah, my fabulous 6 year old is obsessed with!  He has been quite insistent that I weave a scarf for my cousin using this particular sparkly yarn.   Back to the simple pattern so that the diagonal lines so  up just enough to be seen.  The pictures didn't turn out all that great but, she was happy with it! :) 


Until next time!