Wednesday, November 23, 2016

What's on Our Looms

Several of our members have been working on their looms,  Jackie wove a very geometric chenille scarf.  The fringe turned out to be very interesting.

Jackie's Scarf

Jackie's Scarf - detail

Jackie also wove a rag rug.

Jackie's rug

Betsy wove a scarf using 8/2 tencel.  The design is an 8-shaft, M's & W' design, sett at 24 epi.

Betsy's Scarf
Betsy's Scarf - detail

Diana wove a set of five towels. The design was polychrome (reds) crackle. The design was from Handwoven, Sept./Oct. 2016, pg. 46.  There were nine different colors in warp and three rotating colors in weft.  Each towel has different colors in weft, although they all came out looking sort of alike.  Diana used both 8/2 and 10/2 cottons, sett at 24 epi.  She felt it was a good project for using up a lot of reddish yarns.  

Diana's Towels
Marjorie shared two pieces of yardage that were woven several years ago and meant to be pillowcases.  She found that they were too narrow for that purpose once completed. Both pieces used 100 percent cotton, in a lace pattern - huck- Marjorie thinks.

Marjorie's Yardage

Ingrid shared a scarf she wove using Malabrigo yarn.  Arroyo for the warp and Rios for the weft.  The design is an 8-shaft advancing twill woven with a 3-1-2-2 twill tie up.  This is one of two she hopes to weave from the same warp.

All in all lots of interesting things being woven this month.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A Week at Vavstuga

At our latest meeting Mardi shared her experience at Vavstuga Weaving School .  The week sounded like it was fabulous and she shared the four pieces she wove during the four and a half day class.  

The first piece is a block damask with an 8 shaft broken twill.  The warp and weft are both 16/2 line linen (Bockens) and the sett is 11 ends per centimeter  (everything was measured in metric units.)  
Block Damask

The next piece is a twill towel.  The warp is 22/2 Cottolin (Bockens) and the weft is 8/1 tow linen.  The sett is 10 ends per centimeter.  The tab was woven by another student.

Twill Towel

Towel tab

Mardi's third piece is a tablecloth.  The warp and pattern were chosen for the students.  They threaded the heddles and reed.  The warp is Bockens 8/2 cotton and the weft is Bockens 22/2 Cottolin. The sett is 9 ends per centimeter.  


The last piece is a blanket.  This was woven out of "Tuna" which is a size ("worsted weight") Swedish yarn.  It is a simple twill woven with two yarns together in the weft.  The warp colors and pattern were chosen for the students and they got to choose the weft color(s). Mardi used a burgundy red and a red orange. The sett is 6 ends per centimeter.


These textiles were really lovely.  It was amazing to see how much Mardi was able to accomplish in such a short time frame.  Sounds like a fun place to check out.