Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Winter Blues


A weaving friend suggested that I use this draft and weave it with a blue background.  Her suggestion was just perfect I think.  The cobalt blue back ground with the silver trees and snowflakes really sparkles in the light.  I can picture this runner on a holiday table with candles burning brightly.

Back to my looms.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Golden Stars


Red and gold tencel ladies shawl I just finished.  Love working with tencel, is is easy to warp, weave and then to make it even better if finishes like a dream.

Back to my looms.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A Swedish Weaving Goddess



After 14 hours of windshield time this past weekend my dream loom is home and sitting in my studio.   She is a  47" 10 shaft/12 treadle Glimakra Standard Countermarch and I am over the moon with happiness.


You will note that she doesn't have her heddles mounted yet, that project will be completed over the next few days and then it will be time for her maiden voyage.

Her name is Sunna.  Sunna is a Swedish weaving goddess in mythology.  Who knew I would fall so hard for a big blonde Swedish girl?  

Lessons learned - dreams to do come true .....  and  .... never ever ever sell a loom you really love.


Back to my looms.

Happy Weaving!

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Two For The Price Of One

My dear sister Skyped me last week with an urgent request, would I be willing to weave up some throws for two of her friends?  The throws are to be surprise gifts for these ladies, thankfully they live on different continents and do not know each other so I could weave them up without changing the treadling or tie up.



Went through my yarn stash and found two cones of Monte Cristo yarn, warped up enough for the throws and commenced getting busy.  Two days later the throws are complete and ready to be shipped out.

I was pleased with the finished product, they are light, airy, very soft and easy care.  Now that is my kind of simple weaving project.



Stay tuned to see what I am bringing home this weekend to replace the Loomcraft! 

Back to my looms.

Happy Weaving!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Evening Stars

Outside Beauty Shot

No one ever told me how hard it is to weave with black tencel let alone how hard it is to properly photograph.  This was a one day project from start to finish which has to be a weaving record for me.

Inside Beauty Shot

I was pleased that I finally found a project I could use the sparkly rayon slub yarn that has been languishing in my stash for eons.

The model for my evening shawl is a dress dummy I covered with the catalog pages from a Sears and Roebuck catalog circa 1870 or so.

Back to my looms.

Happy Weaving!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Coasting Along


My weaving project for the week has been some handwoven beverage coasters.  Some people call them mug rugs but I think these are far too nice to be called mug rugs.  


Dark Forest Green perle cotton really stands out against the snow white background on these coasters.

This was a fun project to weave, I enjoyed watching the each block pattern develop as I threw the shuttle.

Next up on the looms are some baby blankets.

Back to my looms.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Holiday Preparations


Once again I have woven what I refer to as Swedish Snowflakes, these towels are fun to weave and are just as fun to use in the kitchen.


On the same 17 yard warp my other favorite draft to weave for the holidays I call Nordic Stars and is just a fun to weave and great to give as a holiday gift to friends and family.



Used up some UKI pearl cotton from my stash along with a few cones of metallic yarn to experiment with a new to me overshot draft.  The picture doesn't do justice to the amount of sparkle the gold yarn imparts.


Same UKI pearl warp but different treading on this version of the runner, I can't decide which I like better.  

Better get back at it, the holidays are fast approaching and I have much to do.

Back to my looms.

Happy Weaving!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Craft/Fiber Artists Finalist!

I am excited to be a finalist in the crafts/fiber arts category for the Martha Stewart American Made contest.  Voting begins today!

Voting runs from Sep 15th through Oct 13th

Every voter gets 6 votes per day 

If I should win the contest I plan to use the prize money for my small business, Thistle Rose Weaving to so that it can grow and expand, here's hoping!


www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/90992/crafts/thistle-rose-weaving

Monday, August 25, 2014

Summer Rainbows


Seven different hues of summer rainbows done in a block taquette stucture.


This towel is from the same warp but treadled as plain weave.  I was attempting to use all the various colored bobbins I had left from the taquete block towels.


Managed to squeek out one more towel on this warp and chose to use a modified basket weave.  Thought it was interesting that the warp threads made a few colorful stripes in the finished body of the towel.   Wish I could say I had something to do with the striping effect, but it must have been the weaving fairies.

Back to my looms.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Generational Shift

It has been a busy and fulfilling two weeks here in my studio.  Our Grandchildren came for a visit and boy did they put me through my paces.  My looms and sewing machines all got a work out by both of the kids.


Our Grandson, Christian is busy threading heddles on the ancient Kessenich table loom.  I hauled this loom out of the guest bedroom closet, set it up for the kids and away they went weaving scarves for their Mom.  Although both kids wove scarves from start to finish the weaving bug did not bite.  Once they completed their projects they lost interest in the looms.


Pepper was in her glory all week, she found the kids fascinating to watch and wonderful to play with.  Note she is hoping that Christian will stop working on his project long enough to throw her toy.


Kaya, Christian's twin sister is busy sewing her very first practice piece.  She sewed her very first seams perfectly with absolutely no help from me.  Wonder how many beginning seamstresses have worked on this lovely old Singer 201-2?


May I introduce you to the newest seamstress in our family!  
Here is Kaya's very first completed sewing project, a minki pillow case.  Kaya designed and sewed the entire project all by herself - note her smile of satisfaction on a job well done.  Sam is pretty sure that his girl is going to sew him something too.  

All in all it was a week full of fun and lots of learning.  
Grandkids are indeed one of best things that life has to offer.

Back to my looms.

Happy Weaving!

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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.

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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...

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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?

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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...

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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...

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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.

The
Thistle Rose Weaving Studio
Herd


On to the next project...

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Cotlin, Naturally

A ten yard warp of natural beige cotlin resulted in various projects on the loom this week.

Thought it was time I wove a shorter table runner, one that can be used and enjoyed on many different sizes of table tops.




I enjoy weaving these spa cloths, they are the result of a warping mistake I made several years ago and decided to "go with it" and weave that particular warp off the loom.  



It is fun to see how different the pattern looks when I use different yarns for the overshot portion.



My first foray into the world of weddings, a ring bearer's pillow.


On to the next project...

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