Fabric for Weaving Inspiration

I took a workshop on techniques for sewing garments with hand woven fabric, lead by Daryl Lancaster, whose work blows me away. And now everything I want to do for forever is pairing hand-woven fabric with various spoonflower designs.

The yarn is a cotton-linen blend, size 22/2.

This fabric is printed on spoonflower’s sateen, design by Holli Zollinger.

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Birthday Present for Myself

So, for my birthday I bought a loom. Yep. Get prepared for lots and lots of weaving pictures, because this is what my life is going to be.

The loom is a 36″ Leclerc Loom. Its a brand thats located in quebec, and has been building basically the exact same loom since 1764. Its a beautiful piece, and I’m excited to see what I can create with it.

Last night I celebrated with a glass of mead while warping up my first overshot pattern. That’s what its called when you have patterns where large areas of thread “float over” the base weave. That’s a horrible description, but if you’re really curious, you can google it. You can kind of see what I’m talking about in the final picture of the “reverse” side, where the blue threads float above the white for long portions. I’m still learning a lot, and it is far too fun.

In Which I Learn to Weave

I’ve always wanted to learn how to weave on a floor loom, so I finally took a class. I loved it, and now I’ve got an even more expensive less useful hobby than sewing.

The class was to weave a scarf, and we were allowed to choose any material the art center had on hand. I fell in love with a variegated slubby rayon yarn, and used that for the warp. The third picture was my practicing the treddling and play with colors to decided what I wanted to use in the end.

I decided to go with an ombre effect, and the final scarf uses several inches of the variegated yarn at each end of the scarf, which I then alternate with, and eventually end with a solid blue silk yarn. The pattern is “Finnish birdseye” which I chose almost at random, but because I liked the diamond crosshatch pattern, and the tie-up was the same as basic twill.

This piece is actually on display for the summer of 2015 in the Sawtooth Center Gallery in Winston Salem NC.