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.


They should add a bit of interest to the vest.

  Calico close up

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Bit At a Time

I was up and at the weaving early this morning. Hopefully I'll make significant progress today even though I can't weave continuously for long periods of time because of my back.

6:48, July 29, 2014

I'll weave a bit, do housework a bit, weave a bit, do laundry a bit, weave a bit, --- well, you get the idea.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Race Is On

2:55, July 25, 2014

A little more done today.

Four reds

I decided to enter the finished vest in the Chilliwack Exhibition so now I need to work diligently on the cloth so I can have it ready in time.

Warp at rest

Immersed in Red

Needing a little quiet time to myself, I spent more time than usual weaving yesterday.

12:24, July 24, 2014

And I remembered to take photos before I rolled each finished section forward.


In the above section I played with creating a slit opening in the fabric and introducing the occasional shot of eyelash novelty yarn.

7:50, July 24, 2014

This section shows the inclusion of a strip of red satin material (running through the darker section) and, closer to the fell line, a shot of 1/4" red ribbon.

Detail - Lady In Red

Here's a little close up look to illustrate that all that red, red, red, is not boring. Lots of texture going on there, and slight variations in tint and tone to make a single hued fabric sing with interest. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Weaving Wearable Art

My intention with this vibrant red warp is to make myself some "wearable art". I'm participating in a Ravelry based weaving challenge through the "Weaving in the Saori Way" forum. The weave-along is intended to get participants weaving a "Placemat Vest", or something wearable inspired by that pattern.

This is my beginning:

6:45 am Thursday

True to my "Type Four" energy (based on Carol Tuttle's "Dressing Your Truth", I have chosen a "Bold and Striking" red for my vest. It should be cheery in the gloomy days of winter.

Quote from a participant in a recent Saori Conference, "Kenzo talked about the concept of “decorating your body with wearable art, expressing how you feel inside”. That pretty much sums up what I'm attempting with this piece.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Party Came to an End

The moebius cowl I named "Having a Party" is now complete.

"Having a  Party" is complete

 So now it is time for "The Lady In Red" to get "dressed".


 So far she is being cooperative and behaving like a true lady. Let's hope she keeps her sweet nature as I wind her on tomorrow.

One Step Closer

Monday, July 21, 2014

Lady in Red

I'm about 3/4 of the way finished weaving the "Having a Party" moebius cowl so when a new weave-a-long challenge came up on the "Weaving in the Saori Way" forum on Ravelry I was excited to jump on board.

Next warp

If all goes as planned this will become a vest titled "Lady in Red".