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Waffle Weave Towels

There really is no greater therapy than creating.  There is something to be said when one can take time to create something and sit back and look at the results and be pleased.  I've been working through my stash of yarn and am nearing the end of it.  I'm getting to the colors that I'm not very fond of which is, in turn, making me look at the finished products and thinking 'meh'.  This last run of tencel scarves had me feeling that way.  I much prefer using rich colors as opposed to muted tones because the results are always pleasing to the eye.  Though these scarves have great luster due to the fiber content, they just lack the 'wow' I like to say when I'm finished.

     Switching gears and heading over to my Glimakra, I've decided to go with a run of waffle weave towels.  Since I don't have any unmercerized cotton left, I'm working with 5/2 mercerized cotton in teal and natural.

     As I was counting out the warp and listening to G…
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The End Of A Run

The contrast of periwinkle blue and a nice soft yellow for the final scarf in this run brings a fabulous finish to this series.  I am still working through a book on design work and haven't been completely thrilled with the curves that I've been designing.  Perhaps it's time to go back to the drawing board and select different colors for the weft.  



Since it has been a few years since I've woven towels, I think that I'm going to whip up a run of those next.  I've vowed not to purchase any more yarn until my stash is down at least 50% and I have plenty of cotton to work with.  Waffle weave is one of my favorite towel structures.  The way it's woven flat and bounces with 'almost' uncontrollable texture after wet finishing.....oh.....and not to add that they are super soft and absorbent.  Yeah...I think it's time for a run of waffle weave towels :)  See ya!


Merry Christmas...Eve!

This year at the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival, I went a little crazy buying additives for my art yarn line.  This adds a pop of color and lots of texture.  This skein, called Creature, consists of merino wool plied with a nylon thread and lots and lots of yarn bits, silk ribbon, and Teeswater locks. 
     This skein called Disco Unicorn, is a 2 ply merino yarn with sequins and Angelina sparkles making it a bulky weight yarn.  I found it very difficult to accurately capture how this skein shines with the camera but boy does it sparkle! 


Love was made with...well...love and it is unbelievably soft!  The base is a merino tencel blend in deep rich tones of pinks and reds, plied with a nylon thread and lots of Teeswater locks.  

     Have a very Merry Christmas from Sunrise Lodge Fiber Studio!!!  More to come next year!!!

What A Perfect Day!

We got some early snow this year and what better weather to start a new project!  Here's a shot of my home studio.  I have plenty of light and high ceilings, which makes me very happy :) 

      I decided to dive into the stash and use up some 8/2 periwinkle blue tencel for the warp.  For the weft, I'll use up some of the smaller cones in a variety of colors. 


     For the first one, I chose a tobacco brown in the weft in a new swirl pattern that I've been working on.  The plan is to expand this pattern from the original straight draw on 32 shafts to a progressing twill but, I'll work on that once I see how the other variations in a straight draw look.


     It has a bit of a feathery look to it and I'm pretty happy with the results so far.  I have another variation of this same pattern that should play out similar.  The plan is one drab color and one bright color for each before modifying the patterns.



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Handwoven Store Up and Running!!!

Well, mission accomplished!  The Hand Woven store is up and running with some items that I've worked on recently.  The intent being to have a bit of variety and a splash or two of color.  There are some shibori scarves, chenille scarves, tencel scarves...scarves, scarves, scarves.  Just in time for this year's holiday season!














Yes.  Of course, there are towels as well but, I'll be adding them at a later time.  The Etsy store can be located right from this page by scrolling to the top and selecting the Hand Woven Store tab.  Well, back to the loom! :)

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 :)



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.