Sunday, September 23, 2012

laundry day = weaving

Sunday is laundry day at my house. Which means...weaving in between loads :) i wonder if anybody else has found a new appreciation for laundry because of weaving/laundry breaks.

The wine color is ruby glint and it went nicely with the champagne warp,but i love the blue :) The blue is valley yarns 5/2 cotton and the color is called nautical  .
If anyone was wondering about the book reference in the previous post,this is it. It is a fabulous book and i highly recommend purchasing it. The printer used high quality materials and it as a pleasure to sift through.

I am finding overshot to be a rewarding weave structure. It is fun to see how quickly the pattern builds.While i'm not ready to go out and design my own overshot patterns yet, with a little more experience  i can see how it would be quite tempting. I'm learning quite a lot with my little samples. Next time i will choose a looser sett. My weaving is not as square as i would like. I am also interested to see what a dark warp and light weft produce.

Monday, September 17, 2012

playing around with overshot

Here is the Juliet 2 draft woven as written. i'm just playing around with this draft. i wanted to use up some of this 5/2 uki cotton from another project. The green is called "evergreen" and the golden yellow is "champaign". Isn't this overshot pattern pretty? I like it! it's fairly easy, but the treadling pattern is long enough that i'm not bored. Next i plan to use up some wine colored cotton. i also need to work on the selvages. The green thread is leaving little bumps. I'll be sewing this fabric into little pincushions,so the edges really won't matter.  On the other hand, i want to produce the best quality my skill level is capable of. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

summer weaving

summer vacation is over and school started back up last week. i was able to get two warps on my loom and woven off this summer.

the first warp you might recognize as the turned monks belt project in issue 26 of weavers craft. i love plain weave and this draft turned out lovely. thank you Jean Scorgie for inspiring so many weavers with your fabulous publication!

the second warp was also inspired from the weavers craft publication vol 1 issue 2, however i played around with the treadling and tie up so they are not a complete match.

i actually wove 4 towels on the turned monks belt warp and 6 towels on the point twill warp,but i gave some away before i remembered to take pictures. here is a picture of the ones i have left and took for show and share at my local guild meeting last night.

currently i have an overshot sample on my Norwood loom. i just bought the book: Weaving Designs by Bertha Gray Hayes Miniature Overshot Patterns. this is design 76 Juliet 2, but im not treadling as written. im just playing around with the pattern.  i might turn this sample into pincushions or gift bags.

next in line is a draft that Sharon from "in stitches" sent me. here is my small warping board with the beginnings of a 4 1/2 yard can see her beautiful weaving at In Stitches. thank you Sharon for sharing this weaving draft with me :)

yummy bowl of warp chains waiting their turn on the loom.

this vintage casserole my dad gave to me was the color inspiration. thanks dad!