Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Some old, some new projects

There is nothing like a market to get one motivated to finish off some projects.  The Starburst mats are off the loom but difficult to get a decent picture.

 And ... look at all the different sizes.  Oh woh is me!  The three bigger ones were woven before Christmas with about a two week break before continuing.  What a difference the shoulder exercises are making (and no pain now).  The last (shortest) mat I tried using a heavy Mecchia end delivery shuttle as I had been having trouble getting tidy selvedges with a light weight side delivery shuttle even though a friend had put me on the correct track with the basket weave edge.  I'm blaming the extra weight of the shuttle for the firmer beat.  The mats are pinned ready to hem.
 Yesterday I cut off two scarves, again in the Starburst pattern (below).  This is black Ramie (extruded from the nettle plant) and white cotton and it is stunning.  The second is a very wearable green cotton over the black ramie.  Both area drying over the deck railing at present - pictures later.

When I started playing with this pattern on my computer software I must have spent half a day adding this, deleting that but when I look at the drawdown from Weavers magazine Issue 13 1991 it looks so very similar I can't claim this as my own pattern.  Having said that, the background fabric in the magazine looks very twilly.
 Another project in the finishing pile.  A shibori wrap with resist threads removed.  Yep it took a triple shot espresso to do the job.  It looks vastly different now but I've put it away for an exhibition so this is all you can see at the moment.
 Remember way way back when I was playing with interleaved drafts looking for a bloppy image.  That's when this scarf was woven, blogged about July 5, 2011 and I see it was sett at 60 tpi with 20/2 cotton.  It does take me a while sometimes.  Now with the tassels twiddled it looks rather smashing I think.  I keep seeing poppies.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Envelop from Poland

Late last year Meg organised Weaver 2 Weaver whereby she connected us with a partner somewhere in the world to whom we sent an envelop of inspiration.  A couple of days ago I received these goodies from Alicje from Poland who is a fairly new weaver, the sample under the Monet postcard is from one of her first weavings done in Autumn 2011.  Its beautifully done with perfect selvedge. 
Included are two swatches of handspun yarn from Polish breeds; mountain sheep (white) and heath sheep (black).  As Alicje says they are very harsh and I wonder what they would be used for.

I was fascinated by the colours of natural dyed yarns; yellow from tansy, green from goldenrod, orange from madder and light violet from elderberry.  A beautiful variety of shades.

The photo of the Benedictine Monastery in Germany couldn't be more inspiring with its lines, repeating arches and shapes.  Thank you Alicje and if you read this could you leave a comment as unfortunately I can't read your email address.

 My partner to send an envelop was Janet Stollnitz.  The pictures were put together before I had seen Janet's work and it turns out to be quite on the mark.  She loves ikat and bright colours.  The words in red say:  Strong tones speak of design confidence - and even more so when they come in chunky weaves or multicolours.  Funny what you find in magazines.

The second page is a colour cutting from a magazine which inspired the dye work of the 74/2 NZ merino thread.

I also included a colour brochure from Pauanesia.  Go to the bottom of Pauanesia's page and click on Brochure.

Janet mentioned the lack of my work in the brochure and this is one of the first in the last ten years that my blankets haven't been featured, mainly because I was so busy with other projects during the year that stocks had become quite low.

Thank you for organising this Meg and to my partners for their inspiration and comments.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

What's on the looms January 1, 2013

 Above warp chains, all 27 of them, ready to be tied on.  All sorts of yarns, possom merino, ringspun mohair, loop mohair, wool, textured wools.  Every bit left over from projects and yes, I frogged some knitted things that were never going to be used for what I started.  It will be woven double layer for a blanket to be gifted so I had to ascertain the centre threads as I was starting on the fold side.
 All tied on and ready to wind on the back beam.  Well, a bit of pulling got them all sorted and straight.
 Ready to start weaving, top the dark layer and bottom the light layer.  Photo taken about 9 pm so light awful but I had to get it posted before midnight.
 And just to really get you going, this is what the back of the loom looks like.  Do you recognise the warps from the four sets of blankets I've woven in the last 6 weeks?
 Below is the snowflake twill on the compu dobby.  This was not the best project to thread the loom with as the beating is not being kind to my shoulder.  Can only do little bits each day.  I am enjoying the pattern though.
 Now take a big breath, under all that ... stuff ... there is an 8 shaft table loom.  Why that lace draw down ended up on top of the pile I don't know but it does look interesting.
Phew made the posting before midnight.