03 Feb

Thrums

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ID LJ0012

Title Thrums

Structure Bird’s eye twill

Reference Ravelry, Thrum ball/skein WAL

Concept Weave with tied together thrums and other waste yarn

Equipment

  • Louet Jane 40 (8-shaft table loom)
  • 8 dpi reed
  • Stick shuttles

Warp

  • Black 8-ply merino wool
  • Sett 8 epi
  • Ends 60 threaded, 2 floating selvage
  • Length 1 meters

Weft

  • Misc wool thrums and waste yarn

LJ0012 
03 Dec

Twill band

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ID LJ0011

Title Twill band

Structure Twill

Reference Johnson, Susan. 2015. ‘Things to Come’.  Accessed December 3 2015. http://avalanchelooms.blogspot.com/2015/10/things-to-come.html.

Concept Weave a narrow band after Susan’s Tape Without Measure.

Equipment

  • Louet Jane 40 (8-shaft table loom)
  • 12 dpi reed
  • Stick & boat shuttles

Warp

  • Bockens Bomullsgarn 8/2 Cotton in 504 (light grey) and 0000 (unbleached)
  • Sett 24 epi
  • Ends 48 threaded, 2 floating selvage
  • Length 2 meters

Weft

  • Bockens Bomullsgarn 8/2 Cotton in mixed colors

 
I’m not weaving. I don’t know if I’m allowed to. A narrow short warp magically appeared on my loom and sometimes I notice a few new picks.

I had help with winding the warp and some help with beaming, all mostly around knots and clips. I use these nifty clips from Ikea a lot in place of knots, but they are hard to open with one hand. I guess that’s a good thing actually.

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I was able to do everything myself after the ties for the lease sticks were moved from the beater arm to the front beam. Threading with one hand was way easier than I expected, as were overhand knots (with plenty of slack).

Update, 25 December. That was all written before surgery. After, not so much… Back-slab splint off last week, trying to do more now. Very slow going.

Update, 2 February. Finally enjoying the weaving again and finished this endless warp. :)

27 Nov

Walking is hard…

…don’cha know.

I’m walking along, minding my own business, and the next thing I know: FOOSH!

Fall onto an outstretched hand (FOOSH) is a common mechanism for distal radial injuries. Like Colles fractures. That require surgery. And prevent weaving.

I’m not new to FOOSHing, but this is my first (documented) broken bone. I might have busted a rib FOOSHing about ten years back. Apparently using public transport increases your risk. I FOOSHed on the way to the train a few years ago. I guess I didn’t do it right then, because the x-ray was negative. This time was on the way home from the train. The x-ray was quite positive even after closed reduction. So, an open reduction next Friday.

Noting that the law of threes has been satisfied and the outcome demonstrates my level of accomplishment, I’m hopeful no further FOOSHing will be required of me.

If you are not related, I’ll say I’m surprised the pain is nowhere near as bad as I thought it would be and the drugs are good. Mostly it is a pain in the ass, like having to have your food cut up for you, for example. Luckily, I have the best partner in the world.

If you are a relative, I am in total agony. The doctors all agree it is The. Worst. Fracture. Ever.

If you need to do something, I’m sure dark chocolate and expensive red wine would ease my suffering. Yellow flowers would be comforting. And a twenty-four shaft dobby would really lift my spirits.

21 Nov

Log cabin

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ID LJ0010

Title Log Cabin

Structure Plain weave with color and weave effect

Reference Alderman, Sharon D. 2004. Mastering Weave Structures. Loveland, CO: Interweave Press.

Approach Thread a two meter warp on a straight draw with a log cabin color sequence. Weave half the warp in log cabin, then explore color and weave effects with various straight twills with the remainder of the warp.

Equipment

  • Louet Jane 40 (8-shaft table loom)
  • 10 dpi reed
  • Boat shuttles

Warp

  • Bockens Bomullsgarn 8/2 Cotton in 731 (sky blue) and 138 (blue)
  • Sett 20 epi
  • Ends 208 threaded, 2 floating selvage
  • Length 2 meters

Weft

  • Bockens Bomullsgarn 8/2 Cotton in 731 (sky blue) and 138 (blue)
  • Bockens Bomullsgarn 8/2 Cotton in 134 (medium blue) and 105 (yellow orange)

log-cabin-draft

Draft adjustments I adjusted the color sequence to make a dark line on both sides of the blocks and adjusted the width of the blocks to a 2:1 ratio. The treadling sequence was adjusted to eight picks.

Warp from hell My first warp disaster. I thought I would wind it two threads at a time, one of each color, swapping the order at the cross and inserting the extra dark yarn as necessary. I might have got one repeat correct, but it was painful. So I decided to sort out the pattern at the loom and just wrapped and wrapped. I took the first half of the warp to the loom and distributed the pattern in the raddle. I could see the cross was problematic, so with the second half I didn’t “bother” with a cross.

During the warping, which involved an assistant and heavy use of a comb, one of the selvages broke. After weaving about half a meter, I had to start combing out all the twisty tangles every time I advanced the warp. After weaving a meter, I cut off.

Since I had my log cabin sample, I no longer cared about the order of the threads in the warp, and I got the idea it would help to undo everything, comb it out well, re-thread and re-sley. Ha ha ha. By the time all this was said and done there was so little warp left that it didn’t much matter.

Results Haven’t wet finished yet. The sett seemed a little close, even in the twill section, but the overall feel is OK. I noted warp-wise rectangles rather than squares in the plain weave section while weaving.

Log cabin is not my kind of pattern, but I needed to do it at least once to figure out how it worked. I actually really like the results though. The twill was dull and chaotic because the threading was too random for any good effects.

Ideas I might use log cabin with the two greens I got for a rigid heddle project. I think the subtle differences in color/texture might work really well for an understated piece. Also the white header crossing the log cabin patterned warp looks really cool, so there might be some effects worth exploring.

15 Nov

Summer and winter

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ID LJ0009

Title Summer and winter

Structure Summer and winter

References

  • Dixon, Anne. 2007. The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory. Loveland, CO: Interweave Press.
  • Graver, Pattie. 2015. Next Steps In Weaving. Fort Collins, CO: Interweave.
  • Strickler, Carol. 1991. A Weaver’s Book Of 8-Shaft Patterns. Loveland, CO: Interweave Press.

Approach Weave four dishtowels in summer and winter, inspired by center sample on page 142 of Dixon.

Equipment

  • Louet Jane 40 (8-shaft table loom)
  • 10 dpi reed
  • Boat shuttles

Warp

  • Bockens Bomullsgarn 8/2 Cotton in 0003 (bleached) and 138 (blue)
  • Sett 18 (or 20?) epi
  • Ends 296 threaded, 2 floating selvage
  • Length 2 meters

Weft

  • Bockens Bomullsgarn 8/2 Cotton in 0003 (bleached), 2030 (lemon yellow), 105 (yellow orange), 122 (coral red), 1296 (grass green), 1440 (light green), 134 (medium blue) and 138 (blue)

summer-and-winter

Threading repeats of 1323 1424 1525 1626 1727 1828

Treadling variations from 1221 2112 1212 1111 2222

Tabby 12 + 345678

Pattern 134 + 234

Strickland, chapter 15. Dixon, pages 136-145. Clearly read without understanding. Graver helped enormously but read after the fact. Tabby same size as pattern, which is unusual but used in Dixon sample. Swapped faces after initial sampling. The other face was more colorful at least.

Positives are they do look kind of like dishtowels and it was a good piece to learn boat shuttles on because it definitely was not dear. Negative is everything else. :\

Lots more to learn about this structure.

09 Nov

Point twill sampler

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ID LJ0008

Title Twill sampler

Structure Mixed twills

Reference Strickler, Carol. 1991. A Weaver’s Book Of 8-Shaft Patterns. Loveland, CO: Interweave Press.

Approach Weave a short sample of mixed colors and patterns, then weave four napkins in a selected twill.

Equipment

  • Louet Jane 40 (8-shaft table loom)
  • 10 dpi reed
  • Stick shuttles

Warp

  • Bockens Bomullsgarn 8/2 Cotton in 462 (grey brown)
  • Sett 18 epi
  • Ends 300 threaded, 2 floating selvage
  • Length 2 meters

Weft

  • Bockens Bomullsgarn 8/2 Cotton in 462 (grey brown)
  • Bockens Bomullsgarn 8/2 Cotton in 1223 (pearl grey), 122 (coral red), 1440 (light green) and 501 (beige)

Strickler, various patterns from chapters 2, 83 and 14; may include 94, 95, 96, 97, 328, 329, 332, 513.

LJ0008

Sudden tension problem occurred when something got hung up advancing the warp. I had to wind back and forth to recover. It was all pulled out of shape and I thought I would have to cut off and everything was ruined, but eventually it all came good again. No idea what happened.

I repeatedly unpicked because I wanted a perfect length, so I was shocked to see how early the first uncorrected mistake was when I got it off the loom.

The hand wasn’t right for the original napkin idea, so I went halfway and switched to a waffle weave on the same threading. I need a dryer to finish this part properly.

The color is problematic. I’m sure it goes with something. When I bought it I thought it was a dark gum green and I had a pale gum green to go with it. Light must have been shocking. This is greyish brown and the other is greenish grey. I should have gone ahead and used them together – the pattern would have been more interesting and it would have been easier to see my mistakes.

03 Nov

Twill gamp

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ID LJ00007

Title Twill gamp

Structure Mixed twills

Reference Strickler, Carol. 1991. A Weaver’s Book Of 8-Shaft Patterns. Loveland, CO: Interweave Press.

Approach Explore eight shaft twills and color interactions.

Equipment

  • Louet Jane 40 (8-shaft table loom)
  • 10 dpi reed
  • Stick shuttles

Warp

  • 2 ply Merino space dyed yarn
  • Sett 20 epi
  • Ends 120
  • Length 2 meters

Weft

  • Mixed wool, fabric

Strickler #323-332 on threadings 1, 2, 5, 6.

The end product is an ugly jumbled mess, but I tried a lot of different things and learned a lot. The warp is a nice space-dyed 2-ply merino (if I believe my source) in autumn colors. I had a deep green slightly heavier 2-ply merino planned for weft, but it didn’t go very well or show the pattern. I tried some fabric which was fun but didn’t show the pattern and used up the green from the previous project which showed but didn’t go. I used some heavier white and light green to really show the patterns. I tried a bit of newly acquired 8/2 cotton at the end. The best bit was where I used the warp yarn as weft. You couldn’t see much of the pattern but the colors are good and the subtlety is nice.

28 Oct

Straight twill sampler

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ID LJ00006

Title Twill sampler

Structure Mixed twills, crepe and plain weave

References Strickler, Carol. 1991. A Weaver’s Book Of 8-Shaft Patterns. Loveland, CO: Interweave Press.

Approach Explore straight twill patterns and color and weave effects using 2-ply wool.

Equipment

  • Louet Jane 40 (8-shaft table loom)
  • 10 dpi reed
  • Stick shuttles

Warp

  • Morris and Sons Empire 2-ply wool
  • Sett  10 epi
  • Ends 80
  • Length 2 meters

Weft

  • Morris and Sons Empire 2-ply wool

Mixed twills from Strickler, including 13, 19, 21, 25, 29, 43, 62, 70, 71, 76, 77, 81.

Threading for color and weave effects shown in draft.

LJ0006

Most of the color and weave effects were pretty dull but there were a number of good patterns. The hand was good, overall. Drape was better in plain weave sections. Crepe would be nice and warm.

22 Oct

M & W sampler

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ID LJ0005

Title M & W sampler

Structure Plain weave, M & W twill

Reference Dixon, Anne. 2007. The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory. Loveland, CO: Interweave Press.

Approach Explore M & W on four shafts with a dark and light warp.

Equipment

  • Louet Jane 40 (8-shaft table loom)
  • 10 dpi reed
  • Stick shuttles

Warp

  • 4-ply Morris and Sons Estate wool in Robot, Covert, Egg Yolk, Nasturtium, Tomato Sauce, Spruce
  • Sett 10 epi
  • Ends ~ 100
  • Length 2 meters

Weft

  • 4-ply Morris and Sons Estate wool in Robot, Covert, Egg Yolk, Nasturtium, Tomato Sauce, Spruce

Dixon, pp. 76-7, 88-9.

Sett was too close, even in the plain weave sections. Also I had to weave tabby to square up the designs.

Warp was half dark grey and half light grey which was good for looking at color and weave. Cheap yarn but great colors. The red and orange together make me happy.

I didn’t care so much for the pattern on the day, but I like it better now.

16 Oct

Birds eye sampler

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ID LJ0004

Title Birds eye sampler

Structure Birds eye twill

Reference Dixon, Anne. 2007. The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory. Loveland, CO: Interweave Press.

Approach Four shaft birds eye sampler on mixed cotton warp.

Equipment

  • Louet Jane 40 (8-shaft table loom)
  • 10 dpi reed
  • Stick shuttles

Warp

  • Mixed cotton, 4- to 10-ply
  • Sett 10 epi
  • Length 2 meters

Weft

  • Mixed cotton, 4- to 10-ply

Dixon, pp. 72-3, 92-3.

This feels like upholstery and I plan to make a cushion for my weaving bench. The colors were a mix of clear in the warp and kind of muddy in the weft so I dyed it (a first). Dylon burlesque red (because it didn’t have warnings on the label). Didn’t leave it long enough – I was worried about how dark it was but all I accomplished was lessening the coverage. The result isn’t what I was after but it is kind of strangely OK.

The birds eye was grouse, maybe better than the rosepath. Blasphemy.