Thursday, February 16, 2017

Glimakra loom and first cotton weave

I think this loom is so elegant. There is a simplicity to it that is just right for me.

The yarn is from Lunatic Fringe Yarns and is color grown cotton. Color grown means that the cotton hasn't been dyed, it grows that color naturally. I find that fascinating.

This will either be four longish tea towels or two tea towels and a runner. I'm not sure yet.

Glimâkra Julia loom, finally

on the warping board

warp chain

threading the heddles


almost weaving

quills for a boat shuttle


Saturday, October 22, 2016

two finishes, handwoven blankets


I decided on a simple single crochet border in red rather than satin blanket binding.

I'm really pleased with this. It washed up beautifully.

The panel seams are not all that noticeable even though my weaving wasn't as uniform as it should have been.

I love a cotton blanket, but it is a bit heavy

I'm going to do more with wool in the near future.
hand woven cotton blanket


I had a lapse in judgement and bought some yarn because it was a good price. I very rarely do that, I'm not sure why I did it this time. Most of it is wool and I don't have a wool throw. So I wove it all up into this weird throw.

Most of this yarn is bulky wool and some of it is mohair with metallic. I don't even like metallic most of the time. What was I thinking? I also have some roving leftover from when I made felted crochet hot pads.

If nothing else, I'm sure it will be very itchy! :) This is before wet finishing. I plan to full it quite a bit, because that will make it even weirder. haha!!

But in the end it was fun to weave. I did doubleweave, double width on an Ashford 32-inch rigid heddle loom with 2.5 dent heddles. And I really don't mind its looks.

wool (mostly) throw, woven

Sunday, October 16, 2016

weaving a cotton blanket

I am weaving a waffle weave cotton worsted weight blanket. The colors are white and cream. It's a loose weave.

I'm using a 5 dent reed. I like the simplicity and openness of it.

I used Peaches n Cream cotton yarn in cones.

I plan on adding binding to the top and bottom or maybe some crochet border. At first I was thinking of the satin binding you usually see on blankets, but now I'm thinking of using a regular cotton fabric.

This is woven on a 32" Ashford rigid heddle loom in plainweave. I'm weaving three separate panels and then sewing together. It will come together and possibly shrink a little once washed.

So far I'm very happy with it.

I want to work more with wool, but I do so love a cotton blanket.

cotton blanket

cotton blanket

cotton blanket

Saturday, August 13, 2016

and such

A quarter of the year has passed since my last post. I didn't notice and it's likely no one else did. But that's okay.

I have been weaving mostly:

Bailey is 16 years old now, he most likely won't be with us for much longer
My favorite picture of Bailey. :)

This is made with the Ashford Vari-dent reed. There is so much potential with this. I haven't even started with this yet. This reed makes it possible and easy to use any size yarn that the loom can use, super bulky, worsted, lace weight, fingering, etc. At first I didn't like this fabric, but it seriously has grown on me.
variable dent, varied yarns
variable dent, varied yarns

Tea towels!!
various cotton tea towels
various cotton tea towels
various cotton tea towels
diamond tea towels

indigo dyed superwash bulky wool yarn (i know i posted this before)
Bare Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky - Indigo!

throw from above yarn
Handwoven throw

mohair and metal
mohair and metal scarf or cowl