Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Diana's Inlay Shawl Project

Diana has been working for the past 3 months on a project inspired by Nancy Peterson in Handwoven, Sept./Oct., 2021. It is a plain weave shawl in stripes of random widths and colors, 24” in the reed. What makes it more than just a plain weave shawl is, again, the randomly placed inlay patterns upon the stripes. The pattern for the inlays Diana chose is from Davison, p. 131, Johann Schleelein’s #123, which creates interlocked circles. The pattern structure is 26 ends, so all stripes in the shawl are multiples of 26. Some stripes are 26 ends wide, some 52, some 78, and one is 104. It takes 20 pics (alternated by tabby) to complete the pattern, so her pattern inlays vary from 2 to 4 times in length.

The warp is 8/2 tencel in three different pastel colors and 8/2 rayon in two other colors set at 24 epi. The background weft is 16/2 bamboo in coquille, and the pattern weft is Malabrigo Mora silk in two different colors, lettuce and teal feather.

Inlay pattern shawl with shuttle showing the small shuttle to pick up and weave in pattern upon a stripe

Inlay pattern shawl off the loom. The ends are hemstitched and the fringe will be twisted (soon).


There is quite a bit of handwork to do which is finger weaving in the loose ends of the pattern weft on the back.

This is the reverse side of the shawl with pattern yarn ends not finger woven in yet.


Thursday, September 30, 2021

Blooming Towels from Wendy-Marie's Loom

"These charming Texas Bluebonnet towels, designed by Cheryl Leib, appear in the Mar/April 2019 edition of Handwoven. They are very sturdy and make excellent gifts. The yarn is 8/2 unmercerized cotton, sett is 24 epi. Leib recommends that the plain weave hem be done with sewing thread or 20/2 cotton. This is important to keep the PW hem even with the twill cloth. (Ask me how I know.)

The first time I made these cloths, I used the blue yarn available in my stash. This round, I ordered the recommended blue, Brassard Medium Blue #5029. It is a beautiful, vibrant color. For my next batch I will  order more instead of making substitutions. "  Wendy-Marie 




Saturday, May 22, 2021

From Not 2 Square Looms

  Weaver's are always on the lookout for new ideas, new structures, new ways to use color and texture in their projects.  Here are a few relatively recent projects by our members.


 From Wendy-Marie's Loom

These scarves are part of on-going play with the patterns offered in Denise Kovnat's "Echo and Jin" workshop. The teal scarf is an 8-shaft pattern called "Chakras." The warp is tencel and 10/2 perle cotton, the weft is 20/2 perle cotton, sapphire. The sett is 40 epi. Denise strongly recommended that we avoid white, as it tends to cancel out the other colors. I think the silver tencel in this scarf had the same tendency, so the scarf is interesting but not iridescent as I had hoped.


The second pair of scarves are made using a 4-shaft Kovnat pattern called "Blooming Leaf." Again, the sett was 40 epi. The left hand one had a purple 10/2 cotton for weft, the right was made with fuchsia 20/2 perle cotton. Of the two, the fuchsia weft produced a lot more iridescence. 



Ingrid's Projects

Several Not 2 Square members are working on our local fiber guild's challenge.  We were given three colors and were challenged to create a fiber project using those colors. I got forest green, navy and turquoise and wove towels using those colors with some others.  They were made using 10/2 cotton for the warp and weft.  The structure was a regular/irregular point twill on 8 shafts. I  was also participating in another guild's challenge: weave something with colors inspired by a national park poster and this project satisfied both challenges.


 I also finished the linen towels I wove as part of another guild’s challenge.  16/2 linen for warp and weft for most of the towels, although 2 were even with 10/2 cotton.  The design is an 8-shaft huck.


Betsy's Current Project

Betsy is weaving a lap blanket for someone who needs a bit of warmth while she is in church.   She is using the intended recipient's favorite colors - teal and magenta in warm wools. The structure is an M & W twill. After this blanket is completed, she intends to use an orange weft on the next one. 



Eileen's Adventure in Wet Finishing

 I don't remember where I found this draft, possibly online.

The yarn is from Webs - Colrain Lace - 2/10 Merino?Tencel.  The floats were too long, particularly on the back side.

On the Loom 

I normally wash my woven products in the washing machine on the gentle cycle and cold water.  Well, in this case, the yarn felted a great deal and was perfect as the floats felted together and are not now problematic.

Subsequently, I always wash all products with this yarn by hand.

Off the loom and after wet finishing

Saturday, March 20, 2021

The March Meeting and Its Weaving Surprises

Karen W. wove this stunning black and white rug using shaft switching techniques.  She devised the pattern by graphing it on paper first.  Then she employed the shaft switching system she devised for her 4 shaft Gilmore loom.  (see photo at left)

The warp is 8/5 linen sett at 4 epi.  The weft is Collingwood rug yarn using three strands together.  The finished rug is 25" x 40".



Wendy-Marie wove this gorgeous "Spring Flowers Shawl".  The draft and directions were from Handwoven's Design Collection #19.  The advancing twill design is by Hele Bobisud.  Since the original pattern called for a weaving width of 26", Wendy-Marie removed two blocks of burgundy (84 ends) from the warp so that it would fit on her Baby Wolf loom.  The final shawl size is 85"x 20".  Another change that she made was to substitute 8/2 tencel for the Zephyr wool-silk given in the instructions.  The shawl feels soft and drapes nicely, so the substitution worked.

The photo below shows the draft used for the shawl.






Both this scarf and the one below were woven by Ingrid K. out of JOY 10/2 tencel in both the warp and weft.  The sett is 36epi.  The draft used on the scarf at the left is an extended point twill.  The photo below was threaded on left M's.  Both were woven on an 8 shaft loom and treadled with an advancing point.

The lap robe was also woven by Ingrid in wool/acrylic (50/50) knitting yarn sett at 12 epi.  The structure is an extended point twill with a point treadling on 8 shafts.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

January's Virtual Show and Tell

 Not 2 Square Weavers are still in a social distancing mode, but continue weaving and sharing what they do every month in a Zoom gathering.  

This month's meeting had a lot of special pieces being shown and it seemed like a good time to make a blog post and let all our readers enjoy the fruits of our looms.

Huck lace towels woven by Diana A.

These towels were woven by Diana A.  Here is what she said about them.  "The Stripes and Huck Lace towels show the difference in color in warp stripes (bluish) vs. the weft stripes (greenish) which were both the same pale green yarn (see photo at left). No explanation, although Beryl thought maybe being 24 epi in the warp and about 20 ppi in the weft could create the difference. Who knows? All yarns 10/2 cotton, except the pale green was 8/2, I believe."








These scarves were also woven by Diana as Christmas gifts for her two granddaughters.  The one at the left incorporates huck lace hearts.


The Huck Lace Heart Scarf is  8/2 tencel and  8/2 rayon.




The Cat Scarf is Summer and Winter and plain weave, 8/2 tencel and 8/2 rayon.  This scarf is for the granddaughter that loves animals. 





Betsy A. has a brand new Baby Wolf, 8 shaft loom.  These two scarves were woven on the same warp.

8 shaft plaited twill scarf 5/2 bamboo warp and doubled 8/2 tencel weft. 









8 shaft plaited twill scarf, 5/2 bamboo warp, 5/2 cotton weft.









 Marcy E. wove 5 dish towels using 8/2 and 10/2 cotton yarn from her stash.  The pattern was from Handwoven's design collection 3, Kitchen Towels, woven with a twill variation.  The weft yarns were also from her stash.





 Ingrid K showed us a couple of new scarves. 

 Malabrigo Baby Silkpaca (alpaca/silk) in two different colors for warp and weft; sett 30 epi, 8 shaft point twill threading with an advancing point treadling.  The tie up is 1-1-1-1-2-2- twill

 Madelinetosh Pure Silk Lace yarn for warp and weft; sett: 30 epi, 8-shaft advancing twill threading, with an advancing point treadling. The tie-up is a 1-1-1-1-2-2 twill


COVID-19 spots (photo below)  are for a sample exchange.  10/2 white cotton for the warp  with 10/2 red weft, sett at 30 epi.  The structure is an 8-end satin on 24 shafts.  The design was created using ProWeave and Fiberworks PCW software.  Ingrid is still working with this warp to explore other weave structures and possibly weave towels. 



Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Bengala Mud Dye Project


 Diana A. shared her Bengala Mud Dye Project with the Not 2 Square weavers at our monthly Zoom meeting.

She wound off 9 skeins of 8/2 cotton and 9 skeins of 8/2 bamboo in the 9 colors included in the Bengala Dye Kit, for a total of 18 skeins which are each about 300 yards.  She used the pre-fixer included with the dyes on the skeins before they were dyed.

 Diana says that the yarns that appear blue in the photo, are actually shades of gray.  This shows up better in the next photo of the yarns wound into balls and onto cones.

Diana learned several things from her dye project.

1. Make sure the pre-fixer saturates all parts of the yarn.

2. Use enough dye to get the color you want.

3. Cotton absorbs the dye better than bamboo.  Silk hardly absorbs any dye.  See the photo of the silk scarf she dyed using resist methods described on the Loop of the Loom site.

Diana has plans for some possible weaving projects using her newly dyed yarns.

A set of 6 random-striped napkins from the cotton yarns, using a neutral weft.  From the bamboo yarns, she has in mind a striped warp and a commercially dyed weft.

We hope Diana shares her projects with us at future meetings so that we can add them to this post.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Pandemic Weaving

Not 2 Square Weavers have been meeting monthly for many years.  All of a sudden, the pandemic put all of that to an end, at least for the foreseeable future.  So, like many other groups, we have reverted to Zoom meetings.  

The first few meetings were a bit strange because we are used to passing around our month's work, asking questions and feeling the textiles with our hands. But, after several meetings now, we are getting used to the new format and still want to share what we are doing with other weavers.

This month, Diana shared a stunning scarf with us.  She delved into the world of supplementary warp and used a pattern from an older issue of Handwoven. 

Here is her description and a photo of that scarf.

Ground Warp- plain weave and Atwater-Bronson lace
Supplementary Warp - Overshot

Ground warp:  8/2 rayon in pale yellow and natural
Supplementary warp:  20/2 rayon doubled, in teal
Weft:  8/2 rayon in pale yellow

24epi (48epi in supplementary warp areas)

Finished size
8 1/4" W x 73"L + fringe

When winding the warp, add at least 20% more in length to the supplementary warp than you have wound for the ground warp.


Ingrid has been weaving scarves, and like Diana, is trying out new weaving ideas.

Here’s a picture of the new scarf.  It was woven with 10/2 tencel from Just Our Yarns (different color-ways for the warp and weft), sett at 36 epi.  The structure is an 8-point M’s twill, the tie-up is 2-2-1-1-1-1- twill.  It wove up beautifully, didn’t shrink much and felt nice and soft after a gentle machine wash and laying flat to dry.

Wendy-Marie has moved out of the area, but the fun thing about Zoom is that she can again participate in Not 2 Square.  This month she had a couple of adventures to share.

"This month I worked on a scarf based on Sarah Jackson's "Brasberry Scarf," (Handwoven, May/June 2019).  Since she used analogous colors and I did not, I was not sure how it would turn out.  But the blocks came out fine.  In the Jackson pattern, the weft changes color 4 times, and the blocks expand as the scarf progresses.  I think I will re-do using only one weft color and only one block size.

My second project was a boundweave rug based on Wendy Bestor's design, but not her colors.  This uses Collingwood rug wool (900 ypp).  I found it came out better for the weft if I wound three threads of wool together on the bobbin than to throw the yarn three times in one shed as suggested by the pattern.  I did not achieve anything like 14 ppi, so ran out of warp.  My weaving buddies tell me this is because I was using my Baby Wolf and suggest that I weight the beater next time round.  Despite a number of weaving errors (including accidental asymmetry), I like this rug a lot.  It is very attractive and sturdy."