Full load


We traveled about an hour today to pick up a donation to the weaving guild.  The back of my CRV, with the back seat down, was LOADED.

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In order to fit it all, we removed most of the yarn from boxes and fit it into whatever nook and cranny we could find.  There are 2 table looms, 2 inkle looms, a squirrel cage swift, and a warping board hidden in there, along with a large knitting machine and other miscellaneous.  One of the inkle looms I’m not sure is an inkle loom.

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There appears to be a piece missing on the end closest to the camera.  I’m also not sure what that red piece close to the other end is used for.  It swivels around, like the hand of a clock, but there’s nothing for it to catch on.

Tomorrow I’ll begin the task of going through the yarn, making sure it’s all in usable shape, and sorting it by fiber if possible.  Then hopefully stacking it neat enough in boxes that I can park in the garage again.

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Prelim draft


If I wove near as much as I played with weaving software planning what to possibly weave, we’d have handwovens overflowing out the rooftop.  Hearts. Some people hate ’em, I’m one of those that doesn’t.  This design is my own, I started from scratch.  To really see this, you’ll have to click to make bigger as it represents over 30″ of width.

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Top half, or 1/3 as the case may be – the hearts are close together, all going the same direction for each half.  Where they would change direction would be the middle.

Botton half, or 2/3 – More space between the hearts.  They change direction every other heart. Up down up down. I like this one best as of right now.

Both drafts have the lines of hearts spaced 2 lines a little close, 1 farther out, 2 lines close, 1 farther out, etc. I’m not sure if I like that better than evenly spaced or not.

I may have to do a little more playing with this. I like the line that goes from heart to heart, especially in the bottom section. The hearts are connected. Others may not feel the same way. Opinions welcome, what do you think?

The draft above isn’t bad, but look at the fun that happens when you change the colors

hearts wrap diff blue

I just randomly plugged in some colors for the stripes. I don’t have those exact colors, though I imagine that I have close, especially considering UPS just dropped off a nice 12lb box from Webs. Yay yarn!

Twined rug completed


Finished the rug 2 days ago.  Hindsight being 20/20 and all, I wish I had used a variety of colors instead of the same 2 throughout.  It’s just… too blue. I knew the floral sheet had some blue in it, I just didn’t realize how much until it was too late.  Still, it’s on the bathroom floor, all cushy for the feet, so it serves its purpose.  I’m hoping that when it gets a turn in the washer, the brown warp will disappear a little more into the body of the rug and not be obvious pointy ends sticking out.

twinerugdone

Next I’m going to weave some tencel scarves, copying the previously mentioned friend.  I layed my yarn cards out on the table, picked the colors, then found I probably don’t have enough of one of the colors. Rinse repeat. Finally got smart and just picked from the cones instead of the cards.

 

Twining


At some point over the summer, I became interested in twining.  I made a small twining frame loom and made a couple of 6″ pieces to see how it worked and such.  I liked it enough that I decided to make a loom big enough to make a small rug for the bathroom or kitchen. Made the large loom, cut 7 or so sheets into strips (doing this by hand takes FOREVER fyi), then lost interest because I was so sick of the strips of fabric. While making some yarn cards, I was making a few trips back and forth in the room that has the yarn and loom, and it kept catching my eye. So

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I have it leaning up against a table and occasionally, I see thistwinerugpaw

Dec 1


It’s hard to believe it’s December 1st already.  Once again, I didn’t weave any planned gifts.  My girls haven’t even received their yearly scarves, much to their disappointment.

My last day of work was Wednesday. Even though I had been thinking about quitting, it was harder to leave than I thought it would be.  It doesn’t feel real yet. That’s likely because of the holiday weekend, and Sam has had the last 4 days off also.

I’ve been attempting to learn how to use Photoshop, in my case PS Elements 9, to create weaving designs. Not usually successfully either, which was very frustrating.  I was finally able to create a liftplan on my own, without having to look at my books for every move I made.  I still have a lot to learn and am by no means an expert yet. These were “inspired by” a photo but being as no one from that group reads this blog, I think I’m safe in putting them here.  I don’t know that I’ll weave either of these, which are around 30″ wide. The longer I look at them, the more I don’t like them. I might like them tomorrow or in a week, who knows. (click for bigger if you want)

(Pictures removed because they were just too awful!)

This is a draft I created over 2 years ago when I was trying to learn network drafting.  I added some color to it today, and have three different treadlings.  This one I might actually weave, probably the 3rd treadling.

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