Sunday, April 6, 2014

Weaving nirvana

Canadian Snowflake hand towels.
I've been having the best time weaving.  The Canadian Snowflake towels warped onto the Fanny have been exceptionally fun to weave.  Part of it is the 18" width, which believe me is much easier to weave than the 50 inch width of the throw I was weaving.  Plus the Fanny is a lovely loom to weave on, quiet, easy to treadle and ever so dependable.  The colors are fun too.  I have one more towel to weave in red and then I go on to another color.  Which shall I choose?  I have quite a few cones of the unmercerized 3/2 cotton for warp, and I have choices to make.  I'm thinking a rich deep teal may go next.

Beauty shot of the Canadian Snowflake throw.
This is my "beauty shot" (you know, the one to post on Ravelry) for the Canadian Snowflake throw.  I really love the way it turned out, and it lives draped over the rocking chair or some other piece of furniture.  I want to use it to artfully drape over my favorite chair for when company comes. Thanks to Laura Fry for this wonderful Canadian Snowflake draft!

 My next throw will be my first venture into overshot.  I will use a design by Bertha Gray Hayes, that wonderful woman who lived for weaving while earning her living at the phone company during the mid-part of the last century.  Her life's work was saved by weavers from her guild who had preserved her hundreds of samples, designs and notes and published a book for all of us to enjoy.  But more about that as I weave.

Weft colors for BGH overshot throw
Right now, I'm stuck on the warp!  I do love mill ends, and two of the colors you see above were purchased that way.  There is a danger in mill ends in that once you run out, you've run out. Not shown is a lovely natural colored bamboo/cotton that I'm using as warp.  Sadly, I ran out of it Thursday night.  Gladly, the Yarn Barn had one cone left.  While I was at it, I also purchased a badly needed fringe twister.  I am really looking forward to getting started on this throw! Just waiting for the cone to appear on my doorstep.

Golden Tencel for a scarf.
In the meantime, I have a warp of golden Tencel to put on the Loomcraft.  Shown above are my Leclerc Threading Helpers in a brand new configuration I figured out to so they work on this loom.  I am really enjoying threading this project because this golden Tencel is so gorgeous.  I am using the same threading as for my shawl, but this time my treadling will produce big interlaced diamonds.
Pretty cotton won in the Tour de Fleece 2013.
Spinning is a staple in my studio, and right now I'm working on this colorful cotton and I'm really enjoying it! I usually don't enjoy spinning cotton.  Maybe it's because I'm letting it be thick and a bit slubed? Could be.  I want to use it as a weft for some placemats.  I have some nice thick cotton/linen yarn I can dye to go with this.  It should be fun and colorful!

So that is what's going on at the Craftstead Studios! I hope you are all being productive too.  Happy spinning and weaving! Feel free to post about your project in the comments. I'd love to know about them!

1 comment:

  1. I am in awe. Your throw and your towels are lovely!

    I'm currently plying some superfine merino spun from fibre I dyed myself. Nothing as exciting as what you are doing :D