Still weaving

I’m still here, and this is what I have been working on:

On The Queen, my big, old, sturdy hand made loom:

    

Two scarves at the same time on the JST muted colour warp gamp.  I dropped the centre threads, so that the left scarf is predominately warm colours and the right scarf is predominately cool colours.  warp is 2/8 cotton, and the weft is silk, sett 16 ends per inch.  This is slower than just weaving one at a time, but is plain weave.  It probably would have been easier if the pattern/colour order was similar, but it is just a matter of counting two things at the same time, and a lot of stopping to measure.  Each scarf is about 9.5 inches wide.

On the Baby Wolf: a wide scarf in six shaft crackle weave:

2.8 cotton warp, silk and cotton weft.

On my spinning wheel, a lovely merino/silk blend.  Hand dyed by Smith and Ewe, the colour is called “Winter in Tofino” and showcases the white, grey, green of a moody winter day in this Vancouver Island west coast community.

    

And knitting a simple pair of socks from yarn hand dyed by Farm Fairy Fibres.  This is sock #2, almost finished.

  

This weekend I attended the market place at the Textile Society of America Symposium where Greater Vancouver Weavers and Spinners had a booth, and then on Sunday went to the great charity yarn sale at Van Deusen Gardens and added to my stash of silk, rayon, and linen with some great bargains.  I foresee some fun weaving projects ahead.

 

 

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Grey Matters

I have been absent from the blog, but I had a very busy year, mostly teaching and making samples for teaching, and being involved with guild activities.  Here is my latest weaving that I wove just for fun.

At the ANWG conference in Victoria this summer I purchased the Right Brain Gray Matter kit from Lunatic Fringe.  The kit contained 50 gms each of 10/2 mercerized cotton in seven shades from black to white.

I made a warp 4 yards long with this colour order. The warp is purposely asymmetrical.

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Materials used:      

Warp:             2/10 Mercerized cotton in seven shades ranging from Black to White.  50 gms each

Weft:               same as above plus 2/8 cotton in dark gray.

Measure Warp: 20.7 inches wide in reed, 20 e.p.i., 4 yards long (416 ends total)

Sett:  20 ends per inch    Sley: 2 end per dent in a 10 dent reed

# of warp ends: 416

Picks per inch: 20 p.p.i.

Plain weave threading and treadling:

From the amount of threads available in the kit I was able to weave one napkin 19” by 19”.  I love the optical effect and movement of the greys.

And one tea towel 19” by 30”.  When I squint at it, it makes me think of an x-ray, the way the light catches the shades of grey.

By now, I had used up most of the 2/10 grey colours.  I cut the first two pieces off the loom and re-sleyed the warp to 30 ends per inch.  This I wove with 2.8 cotton in dark grey for a table runner 15” wide by 30” long.  This warp dominant piece with the same weft throughout is much tamer than the other two pieces.  All in all a great joy to weave.

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Fibre Flare 2017

The Peace Arch Weavers and Spinners Guild is hosting Fibre Flare 2917 at Turnbull Gallery, South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre, 14601 20th Avenue, Surrey BC on Friday, November 3, 12-5 pm, Saturday, November 4, 10-5 pm, and Sunday, November 5, 11-4 pm.  I will have several pieces for sale.  Hope to see you there.

Peace Arch Weavers & Spinners
peace-arch-weavers-and-spinners.org
34th Annual Artisan Sale
Friday, November 3 12-5pm
Saturday, November 4 10-5pm
Sunday, November 5 11-4pm
Shop for unique fashion accessories, baskets, and home decor. Items hand woven, felted, or hand spun and knit.
Special Features
► Silent Auction
► Guest Artisans
► Ongoing Demonstrations
► On-site Café
► Free Parking
VISA, MC & Interac Accepted

 

Turnbull gallery
South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre
14601 20th Avenue, Surrey, BC
Admission by Donation
Door Prizes

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Black and White and Red All Over

So this pattern comes straight from Handwoven magazine, May/June 1992 issue, page 50/87.  It is an eight shaft double weave pattern that appealed to me with the smart black and white checkerboard studded with red blocks, dots and dashes on one side, and a pure red with black and white blocks, lines and dots on the other. Just a fun weave for me, learning how the threading of double weave can have such a dramatic effect.  This was designed as a table runner, but I changed it up to create a light, drapable scarf in “bambu” 12 yarns.    I had some trouble with edge threads breaking in the beginning six inches, but with a little focus and more careful beating, I was able to overcome this problem.  I wove the first scarf exactly following the printed directions, and hemmed, rather than fringed the ends.

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Once I understood the treadling sequence and how to place the blocks and dots and dashes, I changed it up for the second scarf to have six inch colour blocks with black or white or red on top, and then placed the colour accents in columns.  The checkerboard is gone, replaced by stripes and columns of contrast.   I really love how this second scarf turned out, and how it looks quite different from the first.   The first and last six inches are woven in solid colours in two separate layers. The scarf is finished with a lovely three colour fringe.

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Technical details

The warp and weft are Bambu 12 sett at 40 epi (20 per layer) and woven at 20 picks per inch per layer, threaded and treadled following the instructions in Handwoven. The warp was 5.5 yards long.

For the second scarf, I flipped the colours every six inches, using red weft throughout (six inches on the top then six inches on the bottom) and using white weft for twelve inches then black weft for 12 inches. To shift the red to the top layer, and black (white) to the bottom layer weave the following sequence:

Plain areas: red on top, black (or white) on bottom

Lift shafts 2 and 6, weave red weft (top layer)

Lift shafts 2, 3, 4  plus shafts 6, 7, 8 weave black (or white) weft (bottom layer)

Lift shafts 4 and 8, weave red weft  (top layer)

Lift shafts 1, 2 , 4, plus 5, 6, 8, weave black (or white) weft (bottom layer)

Repeat this sequence to create areas of solid red layer on top and a black and grey (or white and grey) warp stripe layer on the bottom

Pattern areas: red on top, black/grey (or white/grey) on bottom

Lift shaft 2 plus shafts 5, 7 and 8, weave red weft (top layer)

Lift shafts 2, 3, 4, plus shaft 5, weave black (or white) weft (bottom layer)

Lift shaft 4 plus shafts 5, 6, 7, weave red weft (top layer)

Lift shafts 1, 2, 4, plus shaft 7, weave black (or white) weft (bottom layer)

Repeat this sequence to create areas of red with black/grey (white/grey) accents on top layer and areas of black/grey (white/grey) with red accents on the bottom layer

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Spicy Napkins

These napkins were inspired by the colours in my kitchen/family room, and remind me of spices: turmeric, cayenne and nutmeg.  I intend to weave luncheon size napkins and they are 18” x 18” on the loom.  I saw the colour and weave draft on Pinterest, and the source of the draft for the colour and weave section is found on Handweaving.net: Figure 108, A Manual of Weave Construction, Ivo Kastanek, 2 shaft, 2 treadle.

For these napkins I used the colour and weave draft for the first half of the warp, and for the second half of the warp I used the same number of threads of each colour to create colour blocks.  When woven, I treadled in plain weave following the colour order of the warp.  (I added a one inch hem on each end of each napkin).  This gives me a square napkin with one quadrant showing the colour and weave pattern, one quadrant with horizontal stripes, one quadrant with vertical stripes and the final quadrants with colour blocks.  Although I wove all four napkins the same way, the changing colours kept it interesting.

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Technical Details:

Measure Warp: 18” wide, 20 e.p.i., 4 yards long (320 ends)

Colour order:  Cayenne 2, Brown 1, Cayenne 2, Brown 1, Cayenne 3, Brown 1, Cayenne 2, Brown 1, Cayenne 2, Yellow 1.

repeat above 9 more times, then

Cayenne 110, Yellow 10, Brown 40

Size on loom: approx 18” wide x 20” woven (includes 1” hem on each end)

Finished size: 15” wide x 15” long after washing and hemming

Reed: 12 dent reed

Sett:  18 ends per inch

# of warp ends: 320

Sley: 2/1 in a 12 dent reed

Picks per inch: 18 p.p.i.

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Spinning Fun

As the snow continues to build up outside, I have been snuggled down and spinning.

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The fibre is titled “Unsung”and dyed by Kinfolk in blues, pinks, greens and purples.  100% organic Polwarth wool.  It became a soft, heathery yarn, almost 500 yards of 2 ply from 4 oz of fibre.  A dream to spin, it did not take long at all.

Next, a very fine 2 ply of 50% camel, 50% silk.  This colour I called petroleum because the colours reminds me of looking at a gasoline slick, and the finished yarn has a silky hand.

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I’m looking at knitting patterns to see what will become of these yarns.

Meanwhile, a favourite knit of mine, is this wedge-shaped shawl, I knitted from the previously spun “Spinning the Blues” yarn spun earlier.  The pattern is a mash-up:  the shape taken from one pattern, the lace from another and the picot edge from somewhere else.  The shawl is a joy to wear, and to touch.

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Goodbye January, Hello February

My mini-quilt for January is completed, and here it is shown both front and back.  I have included on the front a piece of every thread that passed through my hands and used in some capacity throughout the month of January.  Hand-stitched in straight stitch, back-stitch and French knots.  My theme for this year is to work from my stash as much as I can, and this is reflected in the quote from Arthur Ashe.

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

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As I am stitching I am reflecting and meditating on my world and the world around me.  Using the resources that I have at hand without causing further damage to the environment.  Extending a hand to others in friendship and welcome.   Thinking about what I can do to make my home, my community and my my world a better place, then doing what I can to make it happen.

And a sneak peek at February:

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