Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Damask.....Can I Do This?!

I just love a friend of mine's selection in scarves. She always has these intricately woven damask patterns in fine threads. They look so elegant! Paisleys, damask patterns, flowers, and wonderful rich earth tone colors. I'm pretty sure that I would need to use a draw loom to obtain the patterns in her scarves but, then again..........would I? I mean.....I do have 32 shafts that I can 'play' with. I'm sure I can figure something out. I really enjoy taking images and weaving them into the fabric.......couldn't I do something similar with satin as opposed to twill? Hmmmmmmm. I could possibly get softer lines? Hmmmmmmmm again. Well, it's worth a try, I guess.

Here I am in hour #2 playing with a damask pattern that I think I like. I uploaded it into Fiberworks and I'm now getting the image on the number of shafts so that I can tweak the draw down and tie up.
I did something similar for the star scarves, Polka Dot Scarves, Pine cone Towels, and Gingerbread Towels. I'm just hoping my mind is thinking right that I can use this 'half' profile in a straight draw for satin. I guess we'll see:)
In other news......something I forgot to write about. The cord that my treadle attaches to on the Megado broke. :( I had ordered a new one but, had to wait until this week. So..........I will be able to warp the Megado once again and see how my 'playing' really turns out. :)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Weaving 101

I've been talking about some 'horrible' towels that I've been working on. I just couldn't seem to get myself in the groove weaving these towels. I liked the color, they are a cotton and linen blend, the pattern was basic, only a little changing in colors....I couldn't figure out why I just couldn't get in the groove with them. Finally something snapped and I was able to get going on them and wove the last 4 quite quickly. Phew!!! My son was very interested in these towels and was up for some weaving practice:) This just tickles me pink. I think it's wonderful that he has such an interest in what I'm doing and I hope and pray that he makes it a practice in his life to be interested in other people and what they like:) I set up the camera to make a video of his little lesson. I think he likes it;)
video
And finally!!! Here is a picture of one of the towels on the loom.
They have since been removed, washed, hemmed, and are ready for labeling. :) I think now that they are officially off of the loom, I like them much better. I was very surprised at how soft the cotton/linen blend was once I washed and dried them.

I'm now working on dressing the loom with some white rayon chenille from my stash. I'm planning on a couple of shibori scarves as well as a couple of plain white ones to 'play' with some surface design techniques.

:)