Saturday, October 31, 2015

the finished curtain

It doesn't look stable, but it is. I didn't like it while working on it, but I do now. I wanted to use up some yarn and I did. yay

This would make a great shawl if made from a softer yarn. Silk would drape wonderfully.

cotton curtain

cotton curtain

cotton curtain

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

open weave curtain / hanging

It's a very open weave experiment. It should be stable enough for a curtain.

There are five picks of plain weave and then a leno.

I also am hoping to use up yarn here and not need to buy more. :)

Monday, October 26, 2015

weaving, crocheting for the kitchen

handwoven cotton tea towels:

There are a lot of imperfections, mistakes, miss-weavings and so on, but I'm thrilled with the result. I'm going to try some black and white stripes now.

This is using two 12.5 dent reeds so I will have 25 epi. It's still a little open, but it should close up once it's off the loom and washed.

I'm really excited by this, it's something I've wanted to do for years.

The yarn is 8/2 cotton in cream and red from thewoolery.com

handwoven cotton tea towel

handwoven cotton tea towel

Crochet:

I love pot holders. I love to make them as much as I love to look at them. these bobble stitches are fun.
I also love the bordered tea towels. I remember my grandmother having these.

pink & green and black & white woven tea towel, crochet bobble and border

pink & green crochet bobble and border

black & white woven tea towel, crochet bobble and border

Friday, October 16, 2015

the heart of darkness less traveled

aka, second fabric from the ashford loom

I'm experimenting with the camera and the loom. :)

The yarn is acrylic that I gathered and / or received from various places. I'm not nuts about the color scheme, but I really need to experiment and this was a nice cost effective way.

The size is ~30" x ~68". As you can see, like the "heart of darkness", I've made this a sort of sampler.This one I think of "the heart of darkness less traveled". Partly because I used some of the same yarns from "heart of darkness" and partly because I don't know why.

I love leno and plan to make a curtain this winter using natural and off white colors.

The warp is acrylic crochet thread in a size 5. I didn't even know they made crochet thread in acrylic. That will teach me to assume things! It wasn't bad, though.

heart of darkness less traveled

heart of darkness less traveled

heart of darkness less traveled

heart of darkness less traveled

heart of darkness less traveled

heart of darkness less traveled

heart of darkness less traveled

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

plain weave on the new loom

The yarn is KFI Koala and is a blend of cotton, bamboo, linen & silk. I used the 7.5 dent reed for this and got a nice loose weave. I should have warped it longer. It's only 47" long. But it's nice and wide at 20".

The yarn is variegated at regular intervals so the scarf has a bit of a pattern.

This loom was so nice to warp. It's always true what they say about better equipment.

I really enjoyed this project. The new loom is so much easier to warp.

It’s a loose weave and very soft.

I plan on weaving many more projects in the near future.

Ultimately I want to weave tea towels with double heddles using 8/2 cotton. I’d like to try 16/2 cotton when I’ve got more experience.


plainweave on the new loom

plainweave on the new loom

plainweave on the new loom

plainweave on the new loom

plainweave on the new loom

plainweave on the new loom

plainweave on the new loom

plainweave on the new loom

Sunday, October 04, 2015

ashford rigid heddle loom 32"

It's waxed, polished, assembled and ready to be warped. I have the double heddle kit, two 12.5 dent reeds and will be thrilled if I can successfully weave at 25 epi.

But first I'm going to use the 7.5 dent reed to get some practice. I find weaving to be difficult. But I'll get there...


32" ashford rigid heddle loom