Tuesday, April 16, 2013

snowballs in spring

Here is the latest runner on the 10 yard snowball warp. This time i am using the star treadle sequence. I think it is weaving up nice and square. I know my friend will be thrilled with this for her piano :)

This is the beginning of what i hope to be a 3 ply weft yarn. I really love this Falkland top. It is spinning up easily.The color is called daylily. At the time i bought it, i thought it was very different than the colors i usually choose. Now that I'm spinning it i realise that its the same yellow and green i am always drawn to, just a darker muted version is all. 
I don't care, i still love it! 

P.S. that is my soon to be 11 year old son. Isn't he handsome? :)

Friday, April 5, 2013

learning from my warping mistakes

Warping back to front was an interesting experience. I have to say that it was really nice to wind those 2 inch warp chains and beam them separately onto the loom. I secured my crosses with painters tape like i'd seen in  other weavers pictures. It was easier on my shoulder than winding a whole warp at once.  I was also able to get great tension all along the way.  My mistake came when i went to thread the heddles. My front beam does not come off easily. But if i take out 4 bolts the front and back beam will tip up and down out of the way like a seesaw so i can access the heddles. Some how when my back beam was up in the air and i was hanging my individual  bouts over it they got twisted something terrible! Unfortunately this was not apparent to me until after i had threaded and sleyed and was getting ready to tie onto the front beam. grrrr. It is an easy mistake to make with this loom. A mistake i have made in the past.You'd think id learn...I have figured out how to remedy this but it is not ideal. I placed two pick up sticks in each tabby shed behind the heddles then slid them down behind my back beam like this.

This keeps those twists below the sticks and does not interfere with the weaving. unfortunately every other time i advance my warp i have to get up and slide the sticks back down. :(  Luckily my tension was good and i have managed to weave with this unfortunate adjustment. As they say: necessity is the mother of invention and you live and learn. Thankfully there were no threading or sleying mistakes.

Moving to the front of the loom. i was able to weave 56" for my mother's piano in her favorite red.

And i have begun a yellow one for the dresser in my spare room.
I just love yellow!
Next up will be one in blue for my dearest friend who just bought a new house.:) 
So i tried something new and made the obligatory mistakes.But I think i will try this again. 

warp-10/2 cotton
tabby-20/2 cotton
weft 5/2 cotton
sleyed 24 epi

And a parting shot of our pretty cherry in bloom. Spring is here and the weeds are too.

Monday, April 1, 2013

one done,and other begun

Whig rose is off the loom. I liked it so much i never got a chance to weave it in star fashion. Here it is just off the loom. I always like to spread out and admire the length of woven goods. Don't you? I think its a quirky thing most weavers do. Its just so satisfying to see.

This project was supposed to be for my new house but i already gave the red one away. I do that all the time. But, here are the other two in action. Yellow pattern weft and green tabby. I was inspired by the daffodils that the area i live in is famous for. Plus i personally love yellow and green.

And finally, the green one: just in time for Easter :)

My next project is another overshot project that will be a narrow dresser/piano scarf that will go to my mom for mothers day.(i still give my mom mothers day presents. Its a tradition i have always kept.)

I really liked this pattern on page 181 in "the green book", but for a narrow piano scarf it needed to be simplified. Less border and more middle was what i wanted.

 I kept looking and found this lovely pattern in the Nov/DEC 2010 handwoven. But i still wanted something with smaller borders.

Then i found this one by Gene E Valk in a handwoven ebook for top ten overshot projects. And its just right.

I'm warping up 10 yards in white and plan to play with several different colors. I have 2 house warming gifts to give in the near future so i decided to get a little more mileage out of this warp. I usually don't do warps that long because i tend to get tired of doing the same pattern over and over. I also plan on breaking out of my usual warping habit. I'm a front to backer. Its how i learned and it works well for me. But my Norwood loom has 2 inch sections on the back beam. My plan is to warp 2 inch bouts on my warping board and beam them individually. Lets hope it works and i can get uniform tension!