Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Snuck a Little In

With carpal tunnel surgery looming in my near future I just couldn't resist sneaking in a little "last hurrah" knitting. My hands and wrists have been giving me so much grief that I hadn't knit for months. The tingling and numbness while using my hands, and then the aching at night was enough of a deterrent. But now, knowing that I won't be able to knit at all for months, I just had to sneak this small bit of knitting in.

Prototype

It's a prototype for a male Minifee sweater. I'm hoping to design a whole line of knitwear for this size.

Trouble is knitting "just a little" is like eating one peanut! It has only fueled my desire to knit even more. Not having the use of both hands, (recovering from surgery on first one, then the other), for many months is going to be torture. I guess I'll have a lot of time available to read.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Tell Me of Brave Women

A while back I received two books to review. I do so occasionally and without compensation, and, being an honest woman, the first book of the two I shall not mention. My mother always said, "If you can't say something nice ~~~". Soooo, that one I will leave unnamed and reviewless! Ahem ~~~ I wasn't able to finish it. Yeah, that bad.


But this one, THIS one is worthy not only of a review, but of accolades as well. I really enjoyed reading "Tell Me of Brave Women", and recommend it to anyone looking for a good book to curl up with.




"Tell Me of Brave Women" is a fantastic, entertaining read. I enjoyed it immensely. Although a work of fiction, the characters are well written, realistic, and very representative of the actual abuses happening to women around the world today. The message is a very poignant reminder that we must unite in our stand against such atrocities, not only in "foreign" countries, but closer to home as well.

You can read an excerpt HERE.

I'll be passing this book around amongst family and friends, and then donating it to our local shelter for abused women.


Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The Denim Warp Utilized

The handspun warp I wound and wove off last winter, the one in denim blues, has now found its purpose.

Front

It became a jacket.

Collar with scarf end

It has a regular collar on one side that morphs into a scarf on the other side. The idea is to throw the scarf portion over the opposite shoulder ---

Back with collar turned up

--- creating a bit of a cowl look at the front.

Attached scarf thrown over left shoulder

I used the fringe from both ends of the woven yardage across the back of the shoulders.

Back

The pieced sleeves feature deep, turned back cuffs.

Back of left sleeve

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Front of left sleeve

 It's just the way it worked out, but I'm glad that the softest bits, woven in handspun merino and silk, ended up in the cuffs and the collar.

Back of right sleeve

I'm not sure what I'll do with this as denim blue is not a great colour on me. Perhaps it will be sold.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Next Up

I have started working on a light jacket sewn from the handspun, denim warp which I completed last winter.

 Under Construction

This came about because I discovered that the "Rainbow Tabard Vest" I had planned to enter in the Chilliwack Exhibition won't actually fit the category I signed up for. When I was choosing categories to enter I was thinking about my newest, "Lady In Red" warp, which is handspun, and I entered the "Sewn garment from hand woven handspun". Then mid stream I decided to sew a top from my "Rainbow Warp" instead. Got it all done then looked up the category and discovered the error. Darn! I could have entered the category for a sewn garment woven from commercial yarns instead. Rather than miss out on a category that I have already paid to enter I decided to do what I could with the handspun denim warp. I've been sewing all day and my back hurts, but I must continue on as I only have tomorrow to finish it. Entries must be at the exhibitions grounds on Wednesday.

Next Up

I have started working on a light jacket sewn from the Handspun Denim warp which I completed last winter.
Under Construction
This came about because I discovered that the ”Rainbow Tabard Vest” I had planned to enter in the Chilliwack Exhibition won’t actually fit the category I signed up for. When I was choosing categories to enter I was thinking about my newest, ”Lady In Red” warp, which is handspun, and I entered the “sewn garment from hand woven handspun”. Then mid stream I decided to sew a top from my “Rainbow Warp” instead. Got it all done then looked up the category and discovered the error. Darn! I could have entered the category for a sewn garment woven from commercial yarns instead.
Rather than miss out on a category that I have already paid to enter I decided to do what I could with the handspun denim warp. I’ve been sewing all day and my back hurts, but I must continue on as I only have tomorrow to finish it. Entries must be at the exhibition grounds on Wednesday.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Rainbow Tabard Debut

The Rainbow Tabard Vest is complete.

Saori Rainbow

Photos of me wearing it will have to wait as it's way too hot to struggle with selfie body shots. I'll need cooler weather and an assistant.

Saori Rainbow, front

In the meantime Dummie has stepped in.

Saori Rainbow, right side

Dummie is significantly larger than me at the moment so please forgive the snug fit. The tabard drapes loosely on me and creates cap sleeves because my shoulders are a lot narrower. Dummie has not yet been altered to be my double.

Saori Rainbow, back

I think the back may be my favourite part. I love the way it appears to glow like a prism.

Saori Rainbow, left side






All Buttoned Up

Deciding what to do about the sides of the Rainbow Tabard took some thinking. I considered doing the sides in more of the same Saori fabric, but figured it might be a waste as there was already a riot of colour in the front and back panels and more would just be overkill.

I then considered doing solid coloured panels but with some free style embroidery to pull in colours from the weaving, but then remembered that holding a small needle for any length of time causes my carpal tunnel syndrome to flare up.

Then my thoughts turned to just doing plain, solid colour side tabs but with special buttons of some sort. Well, nothing "special" turned up at the fabric store so I came up with something even better. Self covered buttons done with the fabric cut from the neck hole of the tabard. Perfect!

Saori covered buttons

I think they look great on the very dark navy side tabs I made. It's just the coordinated look I was hoping for.

Sewn in place

I'll get a picture up tomorrow of the whole, finished vest. For now here is an "outtake" photo. I originally photographed the Saori buttons on my handwoven table runner. I then realized that it would be better to take the picture against dark fabric, as I did above, but I still like this photo too.

Covered buttons

Friday, August 01, 2014

Now What?

So "The Lady In Red" warp rests and prepares for the Chilliwack Exhibition. It decided that it will present itself as yardage this year rather than as a finished item sewn from hand woven. This change of plans came about while I was doing the pressing after its wash. Sitting there on a shelf beside me was the almost forgotten earlier yardage, "Rainbow" warp. The Rainbow demanded to be made into a garment first, having been woven first and "Lady In Red" gave up her place in the lineup --- for now.

So far the Rainbow top looks like this:

Neckline for tabard vest

Just the neckline and shoulder seams are completed, but I'm very happy with how it looks so far. I have several different plans mulling about in my head about how to finish the rest of it. We'll see which one wins.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

All Done

I came to the end of the "Lady in Red" warp.

The End

I pulled over 14’ (4.3m) of vibrant red weaving from the loom! I love it!

Before wet finishing.

I then spent a considerable amount of time sitting and twisting fringe while I listened to an online energy healing talk. Interestingly, much of what I listened to had to do with the Root Chakra which is commonly represented by the colour red.

Distraction Helped

The yardage is in the washer for the first stage of wet finishing now. Obviously there is more than enough to make the simple vest I have planned, even though I will have to seam it because my fabric is only 13.5" (40cm) wide prewashing.

Fringe Twisted

Adding Up

The work on the "Lady In Red" warp is starting to add up.

Adding up on the cloth beam.

I've added in a fun, novelty, heart motif, trim. I have no idea how it will affect the woven fabric once washed. If it puckers or distorts too much I can still remove it.

Heart motif trim

 I've also added in a few narrow strips of calico.

  Calico

They should add a bit of interest to the vest.

  Calico close up