Monday, December 29, 2008
I have started a Google map to track all of the yarn and weaving shops that I have visited. Check out the map here. The blue bubbles are weaving shops and the pink bubbles are yarn shops.
Do you have a favorite yarn or weaving shop? Let me know!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
My chenille scarf is still hanging out on the loom. I am hoping to finish it before 2009. I have finished all of the crocheted projects that I planned for Christmas and look forward to posting photos of the finished works with their intended recipients in the coming weeks!
I am contemplating the following weaving projects for the coming months:
- Another set of bags made with plastic bags
- Cotton towels with the random cones of 6/2 cotton that I have laying around (any pattern recommendations are highly encouraged!)
- Shawl made with weft made from my mom's old silk saris
Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I try to weave a few hours a week on my loom at home. I weave or work on other fiber projects at the ArtSpace for two hours each week. Overall, I find that it takes so long to complete projects on the loom, but I just don't know when I else I would make time for it. Obviously, I am a beginner and warping up takes a while, but I feel like a snail compared to you folks!
As an update, I have woven about 5 inches of my 70 inch+ long chenille scarf. Sigh. I still have a crocheted scarf and two sets of crocheted mug rugs to finish before Christmas. I suppose I should stop blogging and start working!
Monday, December 8, 2008
If you know of folks in your "social network" who might be interested in my various projects, please send my link to them! I am hoping to plug into the weaving social network through this blog - I have learned so much from other weaving bloggers and hope that others can also find some inspiration in my work!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I set the yarn at 15 epi in a 10 dent reed. The chenille is so shiny and black that I had a really hard time making sure I was threading it correctly. Then as I was winding the warp the selvedge threads slid out from the paper forcing me to take them out entirely. Well then, just when I thought I was ready to go, two of the threads were twisted together between the reed and the heddles. Sigh.
After all was said and done, I was able to get the loom ready to go, but now I don't feel like weaving! I'm so afraid that it's not going to look nice once I start weaving. I am going to do a twill pattern, but I'm worried about "worming" in the yarn. Sometimes I really wonder if I am meant to be a weaver. I have no patience for dressing the loom, planning out all of the calculations, going back to fix errors, etc.
Here is the warp. I will be using a light blue chenille weft with the black warp.
I have also procured even MORE yarn from Craigslist. I received two cones of black chenille and one giant cone of white chenille. I'll be making chenille scarves until 2010! Does anyone know if you can dye chenille? I like the white, but would love to make something colorful! Any advice would be great.
Until next time!
Monday, December 1, 2008
<---- Inkle woven handle, Target bags for the weft.
<--- Crochet handle, various bags (CVS, generic Thank You bags, etc.) for the weft.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
For any of you readers (all three of you) in the D.C . area, the place where I take my weaving class is having a holiday bazaar on December 5, 2008. Information about the bazaar and the New Community ArtSpace can be found here. The sale will include various fiber arts, pottery, photography, and much more!
I look forward to reporting back on the status of the recycled bags later this week. Until then, Happy Thanksgiving!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I used the inkle loom to make handles for this bag. You can kind of see the twill pattern in this photo.
Here you can see the Target logos (Target bags - yet another reason I love Target!)
Piles of pattern weft.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Warped loom. I am using a sturdy purple cotton yarn for the warp.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
My first inkle weaving project is finally complete! I made a number of bookmarks and experimented with the pick-up technique for a number of them. You can check out close up photos of the bookmarks here. I love the end result and am kicking myself for letting this project drag out as long as I did! I am looking forward to warping the inkle loom again with a new project. I am taking requests!!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I have the (same) project on the inkle loom. I have started my mystery project on my LeClerc and I had 2 crochet projects going. Luckily, I have finished another crochet scarf, so now I'm only down to one crochet project.
It is amazing that I have been able to fit so many projects into just 325 square feet of space. My tiny apartment is holding up, thanks to the large bay window that plays host to the LeClerc. Hopefully my newly created stash of weaving yarn will not strangle me at night!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
My journey into weaving began in the summer of 2007 when I wanted to take a pottery class at the ArtSpace in Washington, DC (http://www.artspacedc.org/). Unfortunately, there were no classes available at the time and I was encouraged to try the Fiber Arts class instead. I began on a 4 harness LeClerc table loom (we call it "Clangy" because it's so damn loud). My first "project" was a twill sampler from the green Davidson book. I am still surprised that I didn't quit after a few weeks. It took me many hours to wrap just 80 ends on a warping board. Then I had to pull each of those treads through tiny holes in a reed?! And THEN I had to pull those through heddles?! Yikes. After many weeks I was finally able to start my sampler and see some results. My edges were a mess and I didn't have a good eye for the colors. 3 yards later, though, and I was finally done with my sampler. It just sits in a plastic bag now, but that's ok. Ms. Maybelle guided me through the process with much more patience than me and she is responsible for getting me hooked. As I began my first actual project (placemats above), I found myself searching ebay and craigslist for used looms.
In March of 2008 I bought my own Dorothy LeClerc 4 harness table loom. My first project was a set of mug rugs (see above).
In July of 2008, my boyfriend's father gave me a handmade inkle loom. I am glad that I started weaving on a table loom as it makes me appreciate the ease of using the inkle loom.