Monday, February 01, 2016

Weaver's Poker Challenge - First Contestant

The group decided to undertake a challenge last year.  In our version of Weaver's Poker, we came up with options for five different attributes of a handwoven project:  Structure, Yarn Fiber Type, Color, Color Relationship and Design Element.  All of the N2S's who participated drew a cards from grab bags containing the five different aspects.  Each person had the flexibility of discarding one of the attribute cards.

Diana was the first to finish her project.  She describes the project as follows:

For our weavers’ poker project I drew the following cards:

  • Color – Black and White
  • Color Relationship – Complementary colors of similar value
  • Design – Stripes
  • Pattern – Rosepath
  • Yarn – Metallic
I decided I could not have black and white and also complementary colors. Since I have wanted to try to weave something in black and white, I decided to discard the complementary colors card.  I decided to weave a scarf as my finished project.

I didn't want to buy any yarn as I have a huge stash that needs to be used, so I found some soft white super wash merino (about 2060 yd/lb), some black 18/2 wool/silk, and some grey 10/2 bamboo.  I did buy a small spool of 3-ply metallic embroidery thread.  I warped these yarns in a random order with random widths, 10” in the reed expecting it to shrink down to about 8”.  The sett was 16 epi for the merino and 24 epi for the wool/silk, bamboo, and metallic. On the warping board I made sure these fibers would fit my sett plan.

I used the white merino yarn for the weft. To incorporate the Rosepath structure, I wove 2 bands of dusty rose (probably wool) about 2 inches from one end of the scarf and 3 bands of the same near the other end.  Treadling was all plain weave except for the Rosepath bands. I finished the scarf with hemstitching and a loose fringe.

To keep my selvedges even, I used a weighted “faux temple” system.  This uses two weighted clips rather than the traditional “toothed” temple.
I was not entirely happy with the finished product. It is a little stiff, and probably too wide.  It only shrunk ½” in width. (Maybe the temple system worked better than it should have.)  Using Twill the structure would probably have been a better choice than plain weave in order to make the scarf more drapable.

If I wove this scarf again, I would make it narrower, use a twill treadling, and a finer weft yarn.


Saturday, January 23, 2016

More Scarves

Our weavers were busy in 2015 with the scarf challenge.  (Your busy blogger is behind in posting...)  Marcy selected a bag from Beryl with green Noro, bamboo and ivory rayon yarns.

Marcy's Brown Bag of Yarn

Marcy and Her Yarn

Marcy chose a 4-shaft pattern that combined the thick and thin yarns. 

She added a pink (of unknown fiber content)yarn as an accent in the green hand-dyed bamboo warp.  The weft was 2 shots of ivory rayon and 4 shots of multicolored Noro. 


Marcy sett the warp at 20 epi but felt that this was too loose. 

Scarf Detail

Eileen picked a real grab bag of yarns for her challenge.  The yarns are from Diana. 

Eileen's yarns

Eileen chose a 2/2 twill structure on four shafts.  She changed the twill direction whenever she felt like it while weaving.  It's quite a nice scarf - wide and long.
Eileen's scarf

Eileen's scarf - detail

There is at least one scarf left to share, but it needs to be woven first.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Marcy's towels - with a few variations on the same threading

 Marcy shared a series of towels she has been weaving by tying on to her existing warp with new colors.  The original towel design is in Handwoven Collection #3, if you happen to have it and the towels are on the back cover.  Marcy didn't make plaid towels, however and used the stripe sequence three times across the warp and she added one of the neutral color stripes on each side to balance the design.

The towel below was woven on the first warp and the draft for this towel is directly below.

Broken twill
On the second warp, Marcy started using a different treadling sequence - and of course, new colors in her warp stripes.

And, the third warp with yet another color way. Using the draft directly above.  This gives a very textured finish to the towel which will be perfect for absorbency. 
But, we can't stop there.  Here are two more treadling variations to be tried with this versatile four shaft threading.
A tromp as writ version
treadled rosepath version

Thursday, September 10, 2015

...And Last But Not Least....

We finally get to the last two members to submit entries at the Nevada County Fair this year.  We have so many talented Not2S members.  Eileen is a newer member but has been a talented fiber artist for many years.  

The first shawl was entered into the Nevada County Inspiration.  The painted warp and plain weave structure really bring out the lovely colors of our county. 

The next two shawls also really show some beautiful color.  The multicolored shawl was woven with one skein of Vice yarn, a 80/20 merino/nylon blend.  The second is a beautiful plaid, slightly fulled.

Eileen's Shawl

Eileen's Plaid Shawl

Eileen also entered a plaid towel, a bag and a table covering.
Eileen's Towel

Eileen's Woven Bag
Eileen's Table Covering


Eileen entered a skein of hand spun wool.

This colorful sweater was knit with handspun yarn.


Eileen's Sweater

Eileen's Sweater - Back

Our last weaver is Ingrid.  She and Marcy have a friendly rivalry each year to see who can do better in the baby blanket category. Here's Ingrid's entry for this year as well as a lap robe.  Both were woven with a mixed cotton warp using plain weave.
Ingrid's Baby Blanket

Ingrid's Lap Robe

Ingrid submitted several scarves.  This one was for the Nevada County Inspiration category.  Her inspiration was our friend and mentor Dee.  Most of the yarn and ribbon Ingrid used were Dee's and she wove the scarf using one of Dee's designs - plain weave edges with a ribbon supplementary warp and twill center. 

Dee Inspired Scarf
Dee Inspired scarf - Detail

The other two towels - one using a turned twill on 8 shafts (in pink) and the other plain weave using sock yarn. 
Ingrid's Pink Scarf

Ingrid's Red Scarf

Ingrid also entered two towels.  These are 100% cotton woven in a twill pattern.

Ingrid's Towel

Ingrid's Other Towel

Finally, Ingrid submitted a shawl woven from local alpaca yarn, woven in a point twill design. 

So that's it for another Fair year, but there will be more updates on the Not 2 Squares before then.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Another Two Sets of Entries

Igor and Mardi are the next Not2S members to be showcased for their Nevada County Fair entries. 

Igor entered two scarves in the Nevada County Inspiration Division.  The blue scarf, inspired by a local lizard was described on a previous blog post: 

The second was woven with our friend Dee as inspiration.  This reporter doesn't have all of the details, but I think it is woven in a false damask pattern that we saw last year as lap robes and towels:

Igor's Lizard Inspired Scarf 

Scarf with Inspiration Picture

Igor's Dee Inspired Scarf
Mardi entered several woven items, one with handspun and three skeins of handspun yarn. 

The table runner was started as part of a class with Rosalie Neilson at CNCH this year.  Mardi's first scarf was woven with a Log Cabin color and weave effect using a wool/metallic yarn. 

Mardi's Rep Weave Runner

Mardi's Log Cabin Scarf
Mardi won best of Division for a scarf made from handspun yarn.  This scarf was woven with yarn that was spun from an art bat prepared by local artist Sierra Mohr.  It was woven in plain weave with a beaded fringe.

Mardi's Scarf made with handspun yarn

Mardi's scarf - detail

Mardi has been experimenting with towels - different structures and colors.  This vibrant towel beings all of these elements together.  I think it is an M & O pattern.

Mardi's Towel

Mardi's Towel - detail

Mardi also entered three skeins of handspun yarn. 

Mardi's Yarn - Gray Singles - Medium Wool

Mardi's Yarn - Wool & Silk

Mardi's Yarn - Polwarth Top


It is great to see all of the different things that our members have created - all very different.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Additional Fair Results

Here are more Nevada County fair entries.  The previous post had information about Wendy-Marie's Ferris Wheel scarf.  In addition she entered a bag and Mobius shawl and contributed to two collaboration bags made from bands.  She also submitted a rug. 
The bag was made from a tapestry piece by Wendy-Marie.  She used yardage from Beryl - both handwoven and commercially made (the lining is recycled from a kimono) and a kumihimo band. 
Bag with materials from various sources
Collaboration Bag I
Collaboration Bag II
Wendy-Marie was the guiding force behind three bags made mostly from back-strap or other woven bands.  She sewed the blue/green one on the right.
Ferris Wheel Scarf
Mobius Shawl
The Mobius shawl was woven using rayon chenille for warp and weft and ribbon in a plain weave pattern.  Once woven, it a seam was sewn to attach the ends. 

Wendy-Marie's last piece is a rug.  She wove this as part of a class with Jason Collingwood.  It's a first place winner.

Wendy-Marie's Rug
Marcy added several piece in the Fair as well. She had a baby blanket, two towels and a scarf.
The blanket was a mix warp.  There was a little boucle sparkle that gives it a little shine.  She also entered a scarf that is woven in a twill design in wool.

Marcy's Baby Blanket

Marcy's Scarf
Marcy's Towel I

Marcy's Towel II

Marcy's Towel II - detail  
The two towels were woven on the same warp, just using different weft colors. 
There are more entries that we will be posting, so stay tuned.