Thursday, April 16, 2015

More Playing

I played a little more on the Lemon Yellow warp today.

April 15, 2015 - 4:50 pm

And I went shopping.

Croc Skimmers

I needed a pair of shoes that didn't look idiotic with the new, super slim, stretchy jeans I bought yesterday. All of this shopping is SO out of character for me! Yesterday's purchase happened when I was out running household errands and just came across a pair of jeans I liked. Today's purchase was -- um -- to go with yesterday's purchase. Can't wear slim ankled jeans in big clunky athletic shoes!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wandering Warp

The Lemon warp has been beamed.

Beaming

And weaving is well on its way!

Bright and breezy

I hadn't woven far when I started moving threads around in the comb reed.

Wandering warp threads.

I love the interest they add, not only to the cloth, but to the process as well.

April 14, 2014 - 7:52

By combining the spacing of the warp threads with a few turns of the weft I was able to create holes. Yes, on purpose! 

April 14, 2014 - 3:16

Machines do perfectly even weaving so much better than I. Why would I want to mimic one?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Felted Rainbow's End

I don't have an 'inside set' so that I can have two warps going at once, so in order to get the Lemon Yellow warp onto the loom I needed to get the Wool Rainbow warp OFF. I wove off the last foot or so last night and threw it in the washing machine to felt it.

 I wasn't overly attached to the outcome with this warp. The Kauni Effektgarn was SUPER scratchy and unpleasant next to the skin so my only intent for the warp was to make some sort of a colourful yard banner. Well did I have a surprise taking this yardage out of the dryer this morning! It softened up a LOT! Not sure if a simple handwash (without the felting) would have been sufficient, but Kauni is MUCH nicer after felting!

Another pleasant surprise is the rather 'organic' look to the untwisted fringe when it felted.

  Felted fringe

This warp is intentionally quite long; far, far longer than I need for a single banner. I'll likely cut it into several yard banners, and perhaps reserve some of the scraps for other projects. For instance, this rather plain section might become part of a bag once I have done some embellishing on it. Embroidery? Beading? We'll see.

Might add embroidery to this section and use it as part of a bag.

The next two photos are sections woven by my 8 year old granddaughter. She was having such fun experimenting! I enjoyed watching her enthusiasm.

More of the granddaughter's playing.

One of her favourite 'techniques' was to pull the shuttle out mid warp and then tuck it back in again leaving long floats.

8 year old granddaughter's experiments.

Her wild abandom certainly made my experiments look rather tame in comparison!

Embroidery

I do like the way the sequins twinkle. It should catch the eye sparkling in the summer sun as a yard banner.

Thick n thin weft

One of the ideas I experimented with was that of side fringes. These were done using a clasped weft technique and short thrumb pieces that I left exposed at the sides.

Ribbon insertions and side fringes.

I showed the 'Sea Creatures' section of the weaving when it was a work in progress. Here's how it looks now that it is felted. I have unravelled a section of the black polyester fabric I inserted in this section. I think it looks a bit squid like.

Sea creatures

 This undulating weft bit turned out rather interesting.

  Undulating weft.

 I had inserted some short lengths of wool thrumbs and the felted into interesting blobs.

  Felted thrum ends.

 And here we end with the fringe that was actually the beginning.

  Playful fringe.

Monday, April 13, 2015

To Be Returned

I now have the heddles threaded and the reed and harnesses are ready to be returned to the loom.

Heddles threaded.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Lemon Sleyed

I took the warp one step further today. It is now sleyed and ready for threading.

15 inches of varying thickness and it ended up being perfectly centred in the reed!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Easy Breezy Lemon Squeezy

The new warping board and stand makes winding a warp such a breeze that I was sort of disappointed to be finished.

This is approximately 250 threads and 8 metres in length.

250 threads -- or thereabouts.

The colour is closest to being like the first picture. It's primarily a vibrant yellow, but there is a fair bit of white as well and a sprinkling of green and a touch or two of royal blue. Still not sure about the blue. If it doesn't look right once I get the warp beamed I'll just pull it out and add supplemental warps of a softer colour.

8 metre Saori warp. Mostly cotton.

The warp is mostly cotton with a few threads of synthetic novelty yarns. I'm participating in a weave-a-long in the "Weaving in the Saori Way" group on Ravelry. The intent is to weave yardage for some sort of summer clothing.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The Stand Is Standing!

Ok, so it's barely standing. I've got all the right bolts in all the right places but they are not fully tightened. I've been digging through my husband's very large tool box but I haven't been able to find a metric screwdriver and wrench that will give me a good grip. I'll have to wait until he comes home to lend a hand.

The stand is standing!

This is my new Saori warping board and stand!