Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Weaving Underway

I'm weaving shawls with the AVL auto-advance set to 20 picks per inch..  The warp is from Blazing Shuttles.

The first shawl has a weft of black 6/2 un-mercerized cotton from Yarn Barn of Kansas.

The second shawl has a weft of dark blue 5/2 mercerized cotton from Webs.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Draft for Painted Warp

The painted warp is represented as pink for contrast.  Tromp As Writ (aka Woven As Drawn In - I had Fiberworks copy the threading to the treadling).  Side borders are black 4/2 cotton from Yarn Barn of Kansas in basket weave. Weft is black 6/2 cotton from The Woolery.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Painted Warp - beamed & ready to thread

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Warp hand painted by Blazing Shuttles wound onto loom ready to thread. Mark held the warp while I wound.  400 ends of Blue/Purple Warp (4 Ply Cotton, 2,200 ypp) which will be sett 20 epi.

Hot Yoga Mat in 40-shaft Turned Taquette




My AVL40's first 2 projects were plain weave to make sure the loom was set up properly.  Then my son mentioned he was taking hot yoga classes and needed a towel. I created a Turned Taquette (aka Jin) draft following instructions in the Margaret Coe book 2 be Tied or Not 2 be Tied.  This book is mostly sold out, but my daughter had obtained it for me from AVL (who still seems to have a few copies).

Warp was 4/2 soft cotton from Yarn Barn of Kansas sett 30 epi in a 10 dent reed.  Weft was 16/2 Brassard cotton that wove to almost 20 ppi.



Thursday, January 8, 2015

I was inspired by Woven Shibori by Catherine Ellis (Interweave Press, October 1, 2005, ISBN-13: 978-1931499675)  See also http://www.ellistextiles.com/woven_shibori/

She wrote that polyester could be steamed into pleats and I gave it a try with some painted 10/2 cotton warp and polyester weft.  The pleats (red threads in the draft) were created with fishing line taken from my son's fishing reel (he was not home).  Here are the results and one of the drafts.



Sunday, January 4, 2015


Completed January 2, 2015: Scarf using hand-knitting leftovers from a "friend of a friend."  I used Fibonacci numbers to create the stripes (see http://www.mathsisfun.com/numbers/fibonacci-sequence.html and Marg Coe's http://www.e-weaving.com/Fibonacci.html).  I cut out about 8" of weaving twice and eventually rejected an elaborate 12-shaft twill + 4-shaft basket weave salvages draft.  Plain weave with a very thin rayon weft worked best.