Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Twas Twills


To be precise twas Edward Worst's twills that I decided to play with on my newest loom.   Wish I could remember where I bought this colonial blue organic cotton, it weaves up nicely and I adore this color paired with the natural beige warp threads.



This the reverse side of the twill pattern shown above.  I find both sides of this draft equally interesting.  Here I used bleached white cotlin for the weft threads.


A brighter navy blue cotlin yarn was used in this version of the towel.  Can you tell I like blue?

Back to the looms!

Happy Weaving.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Bright Yarns for Dull Days


Bright, hot chili pepper red warp threads really heat up this turned taquete towel.  Just finished another very long warp of my turned taquete rainbow towels.  


Same warp different look.   This particular version is woven in plain weave at the end of the warp.   I use up most of the left over bobbins that have been used during the course of weaving off this warp.  Nothing worse to me than to have extra half filled bobbins of yarn with no where to go.

Back to the looms!

Happy Weaving.
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Out With The Old - In With The Loom


Sunna, my 10 shaft / 12 treadle Glimakra standard countermarch loom that I bought and refurbished last fall has gone on to newer pastures.  Big Swedish countermarch looms will always hold a special place in my heart but they do not agree with my spinal arthritis.  While weaving I need to have my back straight and my feet firmly on the floor, I am not able to do either of those things no matter how adjust my bench height with the Glimakra loom.  Sorry to see my loom go but she did go to a weaver from Wisconsin who was very excited to bring her home.  Happy weaving Sunna!


Here is the photo I looked at while shopping for a new-to-me jack loom.  I was impressed with the beauty of the wood and the apparent newness of this loom.  The loom is an 8 shaft 10 treadle, 46" Schacht Standard Home loom with the matching bench.  If you look closely at the picture you will notice the black nylon beam cord (which I do not like at all).   Bought this loom in Michigan from a weaver's estate.  The loom is 5 years old and has only had one warp go through it's reed.  No scratches, rub marks, dents or damage on either the loom or the bench.  


The Schacht loom newly installed in my weaving studio sporting it's welcome home warp of 3/2 cobalt blue mercerized cotton.  As you can see that yucky nylon beam cord is gone and replaced with brand new texsolv beam cord on both beams.   Ah, so much better and the loom looks much nicer too!  The Schacht loom bench has been replaced with a weaving bench my talented husband made for me, it is the perfect height for me to weave comfortably.



Back view of the Schacht showing the husband-made angel wings holding my lease sticks in the warp.  Looking at the back beam you can see I am using my Glimakra warping sticks to separate the layers of warp.   I am one of those weavers who always names her looms and this loom is no exception, his name is Aidan (a nod to my Irish Roots).  Aidan is my first "boy" loom all the others have been girls.


Thistle Rose, my Gilmore 8 shaft 12 treadle jack loom is currently busy with a towel warp.  Both looms fit my weaving style and weaving life with ease. As you can see if I move the Eden Pure heater from between the looms I still have room for one more loom (be still my heart)!  Saving my pennies for a Gilmore Gem II to add to the herd.  Hoping to add the Gem sometime in the fall - it all depends on how fast I can save up the money to buy her.  

January has been eventful here in my studio for which I am very grateful.  Two sturdy nice jack looms that will keep me weaving far into the future.  Bliss - pure - Bliss.

Back to the looms!

Happy Weaving.
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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Winter Days At The Loom



Winter sunshine has been rare around here this January and when it does show up I try to get in some photography time.  Love the way the candlestick's shadow looks against the dark cranberry of my handwoven table runner.  The overshot boarder was woven with some lovely gold sparkly yarn which unfortunately is very hard to capture in pictures.


Twill blocks woven in what I consider a traditional palate of Swedish colors.  The old iron stone maple syrup pitcher is one from my small collection.


Using the same twill block draft and warp I wove up my Blue Willow towels and also managed to weave a nice table runner in this color way.


The end of the twill blocks warp turned into a nice finger tip towel with a nice basic red and white combination of cotlin yarns.

Back to the loom!

Happy Weaving.
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Saturday, December 26, 2015

2015 Recap

2015 wasn't the best year for getting into my studio to weave.  Between doctor appointments and surgical dates I was not as productive at the loom as I would have liked.  Below you will find a few of the textiles that came from my looms - I decided not to bore you with everything and only chose the towels I particularly enjoyed weaving.


January
Swedish drall blocks, woven in what I think of as traditional Scandinavian colors.


Fancy twill "plaid" towels - using up all those colorful left over bobbins in my stash.



February
Twill blocks in a warm Autumn colors.



March
Monks Belt - one of my favorite drafts to weave.



May
Developed what I call my Nordic Stars weaving draft, lots of fun to weave and no super long floats.


Revisited the Autumn towel theme but used a different twill block pattern.



August
Sparkly silver trees and snowflakes on a field of cobalt blue.



Margarita napkins woven my way with a newly my developed twill draft.



September
Colorful stripes!


October
Modified twill blocks used to play with citrus inspired colors.



Used some of my sampling stash to come up with a teapot handle cover to protect your hands while pouring hot tea.


November
Rainbow block towels in vibrant orange and magenta.



December

Lost our dearly loved Old English Sheepdog, Sam.  Known to some as my weaving studio supervisor.  I miss his presence in my weaving studio very much.

Managed to weave and finish an eleven yard warp in record time for a client - Nordic Stars in Christmas colors.


Here is to hoping that 2016 brings all of us health, wealth and happiness.

Back to the loom!

Happy Weaving.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Snowflakes Are Finished


Four snowflake Christmas towels are finished and are winging their way to my client.  Whew, that was a tight turn around time - thank goodness they are done.



Not to waste man-hours or should I say weaver-hours the warp I used for the snowflake towels was made extra long so that I could weave up a few towels for my Etsy shop.


Using a medium grey as the main color in this towel made me think of Nordic / Scandinavian sweaters.  I think the darker colors will be most welcome in a busy kitchen, they hide the stains better.  I also hope that this towel and it's cousin in a lighter grey will appeal to the guys in the kitchen.


Warm dark green cotlin from my stash lends itself to a very cheerful Christmas towel.


Turning my thoughts to another season.  Nice sea glass teal blue and sky blue remind me of summer time and beaches.

Back to the loom!

Happy Weaving.
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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Woven Snow Flakes

One of my favorite clients asked me for a last minute - down to the wire  - could you please - weave me four more Christmas towels?  What is a weaver to do, of course I said I would be happy to.  These snowflakes are my own design and weave up nicely.  It is always a joy to weave for clients that really appreciate fine handwoven textiles.

Off to the loom, these need to be in the mail soon.



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Happy Weaving.
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