Sunday, November 18, 2018

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.



I've been getting some attention from Pinterest in patterns and how they are created.  There has been a couple of occasions where people have researched pictures to find my website and send me an email.  That means the absolute world to me...to be recognized for my design capability.  Please, if you have any questions, I'm ready to answer.  My inspiration for weaving came from designers and their readiness to answer questions.  Thank you!



Saturday, November 3, 2018

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! :) 

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 :)