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Fri
8
Jul '16

Finally off the loom…

There hasn’t been much time for weaving in the past few months. In February I went to a weaving camp run by the Gold Coast & Hinterland Spinners & Weavers. The camp was essentially a 2.5 day class on twill weaving taught by Kay Faulkner. I learned quite a bit about twill structures and how to draft twill patterns. Prior to the class, I warped up my table loom with some 4-ply cotton in four different twill threadings. The part on the right contains the samples we wove in class – a wide variety of patterns with only 5-10 cm per pattern (except where I got carried away). The other two samples were woven after the class (mostly in the last month when things finally settled down enough that I had time to weave). Click on the pictures to see them full size.

          

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Thu
7
Jul '16

On the wheel…

Phoenix – SCF Classic Club December 2015

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Sun
22
Feb '15

Weaving mojo has returned!

In our recent home renovation,  one of the spare bedrooms was re-purposed into a “Loom Room “.

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Loom Room

Once the loom was in place,  I wasted no time in warping up some cottolin tea towels.

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Tea towel #1

I have now finished weaving 4 of the 8 tea towels in this warp, and am starting a new treadling pattern for the last 4.

First pattern:

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Chevron pattern

Second pattern:

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Wavy diamond pattern

I’m loving the wavy look of the new pattern.

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Mon
1
Apr '13

Crafty Monday

Dyeing

And a crafty day was had by all…..

Betsy and I had a productive afternoon with the dyepot/microwave. She dyed some lovely blue/grey yarn for a cardigan. I dyed these four. Top left is a shawl blank. It is Bendigo Luxury 3-ply. I bought the white yarn and Chantelle knitted it up for me on her knitting machine. I’ve started with a deep sky blue and gradually blended in a bright green. All up I have about 1800-1900 metres, so it should be an epic shawl. The rest is Polwarth top in various colours for spinning.

Sun
30
Sep '12

I’m still here…

I’ve been busy weaving this month:

tea towels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waffle weave tea towels in 8/2 cotton.  I’ve woven 1.6 out of 4 (or maybe 5) tea towels.

And I’ve done some spinning:

Ixchel Club!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is Navajo Churro Bunny from Ixchel — June ’12 club, Rusty Nail.  Navajo plied.

So, I’ve spun 400g in September, and received 300g from clubs.  Net -100g of fibre for the month.

Here are the details:

-100g Balance 31 August
September
-100g Island Paradise
-100g Swan Lake
-100g Rusted Hulk
+200g SCF Club
+100g Ixchel Club
-100g Rusty Nail
-100g Total for September

-200g Net Since 22/7/12

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