Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Towels for September weddings. These patterns are all based on 3-1 & 1-3 twills while next towels will be patterns created with broken twills.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Handwoven Wedding Dress (May 3, 1992)

As a fearless beginning weaver, I designed & wove the fabric for my wedding dress.  My husband's Aunt Ingrid designed & sewed it.  My dress made the centerfold of Weaver's Magazine ("Lace Wedding Dress" Issue #21: pp31,33)  in 1993.

It all started in early 1990 when I realized I had always wanted to learn how to weave and had never been able to figure out where & how to start.  I did not even know what a harness or a heddle was, but it made sense that it would be easier to figure these things out (including how to weave) if I owned a loom.  My father was a big believer that one could avoid a lot of implementation problems by using the highest quality tools.  I bought a 4 harness modular 40" Folding Dobby Loom from AVL and followed the AVL weaving instructions precisely.  Within a couple of months I had upgraded my AVL to a 16 harness dobby.  Because it was a spectacular loom & I followed instructions carefully I never had any technical problems.  My tension was even & selvages smooth.  The books I bought from AVL (e.g., Handbook of Weaves by Eleanor Best) helped me learn how to draft.  I did, however, have a lot to learn.  My early weaving featured flimsy place mats & stiff napkins.  The color choices that worked so well in needlepoint & machine knitting rendered woven fabric that looked like a muddy mess (2 different hues with the same color value).

Monday, August 13, 2018

This is the draft for a towel that will be a September wedding gift.  The warp is 5/2 natural Mercerized Egyptian Combed Cotton from RM Yarns sett 20 EPI.  The weft will be blue 5/2 mercerized cotton from Webs at 20 PPI.

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

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.