Wednesday, July 30, 2014

It Is Never Too Early

Been super busy trying to get a good start on my holiday weaving list, seems it gets longer with each passing year.  Put a 10 yard warp of cotlin on the Gilmore and got busy weaving my version of Swedish Drall towels.

Hard to get bored when you are changing colors every towel.

Nice dark green, same weft as my new table runners.  Always good to use up the yarn that is hanging around on the bobbins I have left over from other projects.

Lovely yellow, bobbin leftovers from a baby blanket project.

Kiwi green, bobbin leftovers from a towel project I donated for the United Way in Peoria.

Cheerful orange, bobbin leftovers from a rainbow towel warp.

Same warp, different treadling - I guess I did get a bit bored.  Nice blue Borg's cotlin from Sweden - surprise -- not leftover yarn this time.

Next on the agenda -- I decided to weave up two perfectly simple table runners using some dark green perle cotton from stash.  Added a bit of holiday bling by hemstitching some glass beads on both ends of each runner.

Silver glass beads grace both ends of this runner.  Think the beads came from Italy.

Blingy red glass beads on this runner, love they way they glow.

You may have noticed the "Martha Steward Made In America" contest logo in the right upper corner of my blog page - yep, you guessed it I am a glutton for punishment and decided to throw my towel into the ring again this year.  

It is hard to resist the grand prize money of $10,000 - that money would be the seed money for me to realize my dream of opening a weaving store and studio to teach.  We all have dreams and I sure would love to make mine come true.  

In case you are wondering voting begins September 15th and runs for a few weeks.  People can vote one time per day.  Wish me luck, I did pretty well last year and hope to do as well if not better this year.  Hey, somebody has to win the thing why not me?  

Back at it.

Happy Weaving!

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Enigmatic Stars

Discovered a wonderful old weaving draft in Davidson's book called Enigma and decided to play a bit with it.  The original draft looks like big circles which did nothing for me but when I looked closer a star motif appeared when I changed the treadling.   Thus my Enigmatic stars were born.   The background is done in  a dark forest green mercerized 10/2 cotton from my stash and a bit of metallic gold for the border.

Here I have used some 5/2 white perle cotton for the stars, I think it makes the pattern really pop out of the towel.  Fun project, although I don't usually use merc cotton for towels I decided that the stash needed some reducing and this particular yarn had to be used up.

While cruising the internet this morning I discovered a nice little surprise, seems that Vav magazine listed my blog in the their more weaving information area.  I had no idea they had done this but I really do appreciate the shout out.

So much for my 15 micro-seconds of fame!

On to the next project.

Happy Weaving!

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Frost Crystals Shawl

This shawl was a labor of love made for my baby sister's up coming birthday.  I combined a lovely pure silk warp with some beautiful artisan beaded mohair and silk yarn to weave up a light as air slightly sparkly shawl.

It is hard to capture the iridescent beads even out here in the sunlight, darn it all.  You will have to take my word, the shawl is just lovely.  Pretty sure my little sister will love her handwoven birthday present. Guess I better get it in the mail - it takes awhile for things to arrive overseas.

On to the next project...

Happy Weaving!

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Do You See A Trend Here?

Do you see a trend here in my weaving studio, I sure do.  Red.  Lots and Lots of Red.

Red is one of my favorite colors and it seems that particular trait of mine is taking over my weaving choices lately.

Think I need to expand my color choices in the future...nah, it will never happen.

On to the next project...wonder if it will be red?

Happy Weaving!

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Swedish Christmas Trees In The Snow

Once again I have used a tried and true weaving draft to create several table runners.  This rendition is done with a multi red hued warp and snowy white cotton.

Hard to capture the true beauty of the gold metalic threads used in the above version.

Silver and white boucle threads really catch the light, unfortunately the camera or possibly the camera operator is unable to do the yarn justice.

Wove these tea towels up using Jean Scorgie's draft, I think they turned out beautifully.  These particular towels are being donated for a United Way auction that is scheduled for September.  Hope my small contribution brings in some much needed money them.

On to the next project...

Happy Weaving!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Weaving With Butter

 My first foray into weaving with pure silk, Mulberry and Tussah silks to be precise.  Wow, it really was a pleasure all the warping, weaving and finishing went smoothly.  The silk really did feel like I was weaving with soft, smooth butter.  Purely pleasurable.  

The white shawl was done with a Mulberry silk warp and a Mulberry/bamboo yarn.  I hem stiched some lovely glass and sterling silver beads to both ends of the shawl.

Shawl number two was done with a Mulberry warp and a wonderful Tussah silk weft.  I also added some glass beads while hemstiching the ends, think they add just the right amount of bling.

Not wanting to waste one bit of the left over silk warp I made a petite table square using what was left of the Tussah silk on the bobbins as the weft.  Can't waste such beautiful yarn.

Had a fair amount of the silk/bamboo yarn left so I wove up a table runner weaving with a straight run of the treadles, fast but very pretty.

At the very end of the warp I squeeked out just enough yardage to make another ring bearer's pillow.  As they say - "waste not want not"

Lots of projects on the same warp, love it!  Silk had me scared at first because I was worried it would be tough to work with.  Nope, silk is like weaving with butter.

On to the next project...

Happy Weaving!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Herd Additions

My studio size has decreased and increased all in one weekend.  
On Friday my beloved 4 shaft Glimakra, Thistle left home for different pastures, I shall really miss her company.  
Don't think Sam is going to miss Thistle all that much.

A lovely little 22" 4 shaft solid cherry Norwood shyly made herself a home here in the studio.  I spent a few hours waxing her and changing out the old cotton cords on the warp beams with texsolv cord.

A brand new stainless steel 12 dent reed has been ordered along with new tie up cords.  The original chain tie ups she came with are not my favorite so I decided to switch them out with Schacht's tie up system.

Once everything is here to finish upgrading this little loom I will put a warp on her and enjoy her small yet sturdy self.

Keeping with my tradition of naming my looms after my favorite English renaissance nobility, please meet Bess (nickname of Queen Elizabeth I).

All the way from Des Moines my I present my 45" walnut 8 shaft Loomcraft Loom.  She is a real beauty and only needed a bit of TLC to restore her to her former glory.  

Her original tie up cords will be replaced by texsolv cord.  A 45" stainless steel 12 dent reed has been ordered as well as 600 more flat stainless steel heddles.  The loom came with 3 reeds, but they are unusable.  

Found it surprising that there were only 100 heddles on most shafts, for a loom this size I will need more.  The bench has a nice pull out drawer and is also made from walnut.  

Very excited to welcome this loom into the studio.  After contemplating names I decided to call her Victoria, before you send me emails I know that Victoria did not reign during the renaissance.  
Felt that a loom with such presence deserved a name to match.  

Rounding out the studio is my go-to loom the 8 shaft Gilmore, better known as Rose (short for English Rose, also a reference to Queen Elizabeth I).  Currently weaving an all silk shawl.  

A question for the sages, what do weavers call a collection of looms?   Might we call them a gaggle of looms, a pod of looms, a group of looms?  I have settled on a herd of looms.

Thistle Rose Weaving Studio

On to the next project...

Happy Weaving!

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