Monday, May 28, 2018

Americana Chenille Scarves on Memorial Day

Still working through the stash of yarn that I already have, I've decided on a run of chenille scarves in red, white and blue!

There is so much to work through in my stash and at the rate I'm going, I may never have to buy yarn again!


I took pictures indoors on a dreary day so the colors don't pop like they would in natural sunlight but you get the idea.  I went with a classic plaid for two and a plain creamy white for the weft in the third.


This was a quick easy plain weave...just trying to cut down the stash!


The weather has finally broken!  An extra month of Winter was a little too much for me so, when I'm not home when I should be home, it's on the trail I am.  Lush green leaves are finally here :)



Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Second Two Twills

The last two scarves are plaited twills.  I started with a silver weft and a strange thing started happening again.  I'm getting little lines of fuzz as I weave on the right hand side of the fabric.  I'm assuming that the reed is doing this and I can't seem to figure out why.  When I wet finish the fabric, the fuzz goes away but I can't seem to figure out why it's happening.  Perhaps it's my beat.




     The last scarf is also a plaited twill this time done in a light sunny yellow for a nice contrast.



Finally...twisting the fringe!



My next project will be another straight draw and I'll probably design in the lift plan to get some more detailed imagery. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

The First Two Twills


For the first scarf, I chose a blue weft and the contrast in color with the burgundy warp is just wonderful.  At different angles, you can see that there is a lot of movement and once it's off the loom and wet finished, it should have an iridescent quality that tencel is almost always known for. 




     For the second scarf, I chose a red-violet weft also in tencel.  The final product will be less dramatic than the first for a more subtle look.  The broken twill pattern is slight breaking the movement in the overall pattern in rectangular blocks.



Now back to the drawing table for two more designs :)

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Study Scarves

     The next run is on the loom.  A straight draw using 32 shafts in a twill to start and probably ending in a plaited twill to give some depth in design.  I chose a burgundy in 8/2 tencel sett at 30 epi.  24 epi works fine for plain weave but since I'm working with a twill 30 epi will give a denser fabric, which is what I prefer.  So...the fist step is sketching the preliminary design as a base pattern and then working from there.  Break out the pencil, ruler, graph paper, and (of course) eraser.

8/2 burgundy sett at 30 epi 8" a straight draw and two floating selvedges for 242 ends.  Four scarves at 70" each with 10" fringe on either end for a total of 90"...so an 11 yard warp.



Distributing the warp evenly in the raddle.



Ready for the tension to be set and the start of a new run!



     I swear that the hardest part of this is choosing what color warp... 

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!