Saturday, 16 July 2011

More Hot Weaving

Dee wanted to know where the I got the design. The pattern is from A Weaver's Book of 8 Shaft Patterns, page 66.  You can weave six different patterns using the same threading and tie-up. I'm using 265, 266 and 268.

The really nice thing about this draft is that the cloth looks interesting on both sides.
"Wrong side" of pattern #265
This is really important because I'm planning to used this same draft to weave some silk scarves.

Despite the heat and humidity, I've been plugging along, trying to weave off the warp on my Leclerc Minerva.

Pattern #268

Pattern #266
I don't know what possessed me to put a 30yard warp on! I'm planning to sell this loom so I really need to get this warp woven off. 

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Cool Spinning - Hot Weaving

From left to right: Tussah Silk, Ramie single (red), Silk/linen single, Silk/Cotton blend and Cultivated Silk, Silk/Seacell blend (last three).

Inkle woven bands, using 10/2 mercerized cotton.
Yes, I know it has been a long time since I last posted.  I really don't have any excuses and have to admit that I am not the best blogger (hangs her head in shame).  Since it's been so long, I'm just going to start with what I'm currently working on.

I hardly ever weave things for my home. This is going to become hand towels for the kitchen.  I have a red and yellow kitchen so I'm going to do a set in red and a set in bright yellow. 

8 shaft Extended Manifold Twill
The warp is natural cotton and the weft is a combination of 20/2 mercerized cotton and 22/2 cotton/linen.  I'm using UKI Supreme mercerized cotton and BOCKENS COTTO-LIN; just look at all these beautiful colours

I've already woven this pattern in natural organic, colour-grown cotton; which I really love.

Hand Towels: warp: natural 8/2 cotton; weft: 8/2 organic brown, olive green organic cotton and 20/2 oatmeal organic cotton.
The organic cotton ones are samples for the studio. I like to have samples for people to touch. It's incredible how the colours, primarily the green, changed after just one washing.  I did a warm wash/cold rinse but I think I'll do the next set with a hot wash/cold rinse. 

Here's a bit of cool spinning. 
Cultivated Silk on the Ashford Traveler.

Today, I spent some time on my front porch spinning on the Joy.  I just love this wheel.  I rarely spin out-of-doors with my Little Gem, but I'm not so precious with the Joy.

I haven't been doing very much knitting or crochet.  There's just too much weaving and spinning to do.  It might be crazy, but I'd like to eventually have woven, knitted and crocheted samples of the different yarns and fibres I carry.

Stay tuned; there's much more to come.