Monday, March 03, 2014
This warp is 32" wide on a loom with a 36" wide weaving width. As I threaded, I tucked extra heddles throughout the warp, hoping to avoid having to remove heddles. By the time I was tying on to the breast beam, it was obvious that I'd need to do something more. The warp threads at the left edge of the loom were being pushed in by the extra heddles at the side of the shafts. Time to remove heddles!
Before removing the heddles I threaded the top, the eye, and the bottom of each group with a piece of cotton thread and tied them securely. This should make it easy to put the heddles back on the loom later. Keep your fingers crossed!
Now to go put the heddles away in my collection of weaving tools so I can find them when I want them back on the loom!
Saturday, February 01, 2014
The above photo is of a baby blanket woven for some friends. The warp is a burgundy color, the pattern weft is a light pink (both in 10/2 cotton) and the tabby weft is a wool/angora/nylon yarn that I recycled from a sweater dress and is dark purple. I love the hand of the blanket! The recycled yarn softens the hand of the crackle weave significantly!
Check out these little samples:
Here's another little project on my first structo loom:
This is how it looked going on the loom:
Thursday, December 26, 2013
We had a short visit from a weeble-wobble type friend before school let out. My 5th grader said to me at four in the afternoon, "And, Mom, my last bit of homework is a gift for the exchange at school tomorrow."
I did a few quick calculations and decided that if I worked quickly and figured driving time as "free time", then I could probably needle felt a gift within the price range of the class gift exchange.
So I got to work. First I consulted with the 5th grader. We talked ideas. We made plans. Then I set to work. There are details--like the blue eyes and very red (cherry red, mom!) nose that were definitely beyond my liberty to change--but overall I thought he was cute. And the felted friends in the cupboard enjoyed their visit from Santa very much!
Sunday, December 15, 2013
These are a couple of scoops of buttercream frosting with gel dyes in them (we were getting ready for decorating Christmas cookies! :)
I used a lot of dye this year and the colors blended beautifully! They look streaky here, which I love, but they did mix well and made great cookie icing! Hooray for beautiful colors in life!
Friday, December 13, 2013
The quilt is done! Those are the new owner's toes at the top of the quilt. She has used it two mornings now as we have read from our Christmas story book. Each morning she has carefully folded it so a different block was visible.
I love it when a gift is loved!
Here is a photo of the back. I ended up purchasing wide flannel from Fabric.com. I tried to find flannel that worked at some more local places, but those that had flannel didn't have the right color or prints. This cream flannel is nice and shows enough of the quilting to be pretty!
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Blocking lace. I love the effect of blocking pieces of knit lace. The yarn over holes open up and the stockingette stitch areas become smooth... I love it!
Sewing. My daughter decided that she needed a new dress. She did some shopping and came home empty handed. She went through my pattern books and found a dress design she liked. I slowly began to work on it. This pattern is from a collection by "The Golden Rule". Each pattern is printed in miniature and the seamstress enlarges it based on the measurements of the wearer. So I measured. I drafted. I made a muslin (I knew I would need it! The pattern was older and I was sure the fit would be different from my daughter's preferred style....) I modified the pattern and finally made the dress. I had to promise to not put her head in the final picture, but here it is. The collar is gathered at the neck and comes down to a point at the center front and back. The purple is amazing with her reddish-blond hair!
Knitting, frogging, and knitting again. I would like to knit shawls. I have a little "shawlette" that is wonderful to wear around the house. It's just enough to warm my back and shoulders, but not enough to get in the way of doing things. I have a new shawl book, so I found a pattern I liked and cast on. Of course I modified it...and in the end, I didn't like it. This is a traditional triangle shawl with a point at the center back. I'm not fond of the style (why did I cast on?) and I didn't like how stiff the finished fabric felt. I kept going, hoping that things would get better, but they didn't. In this photo, the shawl is off the needles and on a string so I could wrap it around me and see how it worked. It didn't. It got to sit on the table for a few hours while I did some research and chose a new shawl design. Then it got frogged.
This was one of the reasons I frogged the shawl. I knit a sample with an extra ball of the same batch of yarn on bigger needles. It was so much softer and had much better drape. I tried one more needle size after this picture. Swatching is really helpful!Laylock Knitwear Design. The shawls are fun, but scroll down and look on the right hand side for the "Shawl Knitting Cheat Sheet". Wow! It's a single page pdf with instructions for make five different shapes of shawls all from the same three stitch cast-on! I've decided to make a "heart-shaped" or crescent shawl because it will have longer ends for tying. And, I made some swatches: