Not much craft time…

Yes, I’ve been busy lately.  Mainly I’ve been working on http://fixthetaxtreaty.org which will be launched tomorrow morning.  You can also find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/FixTheTaxTreaty/

Between website development and a busy schedule at work, there hasn’t been much time for craft, other than my annual day at the Ekka. This year I took a portable loom to demonstrate weaving. 

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.

          

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.