Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Recharged and Inspired

Nothing like a guild meeting to get the juices flowing again. I had missed the last couple of meeting and was glad to see my weaving friends. The show-and-tell and visiting hit the spot. I gave the program on COLOR warps

Larry shared with us some towels he wove. Larry does such wonderful work. These might be for a sister, so don't tell!

Dawn and her towels. She didn't get them hemmed in time for the meeting, but we are glad she brought them to share anyway!! Color is great.
A labor of love!! Becky's mother knitted the squares in 1942 . While going through her mothers things, Becky found the squares and is now putting them together for her mom's 90th birthday. It is a secret, so don't tell!
Vicki had some towels and  hand  painted M's and O's scarves to share. Can you just say "yummy!" 
Guest 'Ann' from Virginia shared her 1st fully completed project! Great Job!!
A towel to treasure!

Some of her hand painted warps ready to be woven.

Bo had some great scarves. Love the buttons.

Here Bo is showing Shirley how to wear one of her scarves. This won't fall off even during high winds.

This is me showing off a summer and winter scarf  I made a while ago. Since my program was on color I thought I would share it again.  It is a painted warp with a solid weft.
Jane and her inkle bookmarks made with silk thread.

Jane and her rosepath towels. Awesome colors from her stash.

Jane with her linen place mats. 
Shirley D. brought some great Bumberet towels! Her color combinations are grand-- all from her 'stash'!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Sampling Single Two-Tie

Sampling single two-tie (known as summer and winter in some circles).

I have some S&W Polychrome and Taquete going on here. I am limited on my colors as I am just using from my stash! I plan on messing around with this for a while..... It is a long warp.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Playing with Summer and Winter

I am working with single two-tie (summer and winter). This example is using the 1-2-2-1 tie-down order (with tabby).

I love the little circles! 

This is a draft that was originally an overshot on four shafts that I turned into a six shaft summer and winter draft. I know how to do this, but I let my weaving software do it for me. Soooo much faster and less chance of mistakes. I use WeaveIt Pro.

There are a lot of good programs out there, just use the one that works for you. They most always have where you can save a file in 'wif' that will go from your software to other software programs. I find my weaving software program is a great help when designing drafts.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

And So It Begins

Yes, so it begins. ( a bit slowly, but going I am!)

I have 10 yards on this warp and will be playing around with single-two tie (summer and winter), S&W Polychrome and Taquete. Right now I am trying for a delicate pattern using 20/2 for the pattern weft and 30/2 for the tabby. The warp is 12/2. This is traditional summer and winter using the 1-2-2-1 tie-downs. I just love the little "O's"! But if you turn it over you get the "X's".

It is all about what "you" want sometimes and not what the traditionalists say. If you want to use 5/2 for pattern and 8/2 for tabby on a 10/2 warp... go for it! If you want to square your blocks...go for it! If you want an elongated look...go for it! In other words...Have Fun!!! Playing around is how we learn.

12/2 warp, 20/2 pattern, 30/2 tabby.

For the first few rows of sampling I tried a thicker weft using 20/2  doubled, but I want a more delicate look, so I will use 20/2 singled.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Question ?

If I told you that I am threading the heddles 1 - 3 - 2- 3 , 1 - 4 - 2 - 4 ..... what am I doing?

I am working on a new project. I have wound 10 yards and have it pulled through the reed at 30 epi. I am now threading the heddles. Slow but steady!