I have been playing around with some natural dyeing. First some white wool yarn.
From Right to left: madder, madder overdid with marigold, marigold, marigold over dyed with madder, weld, weld with iron, walnut, walnut with iron, logwood, logwood with iron.
I love the effect of adding iron to the dyes.
An eco printed smock following India Flint’s methodology. It turned out beautifully, IMHO.
A chenille scarf in shades of teal and turquoise with supplementary warp of nylon ribbon.
Pin loom coverlet.
Sugar and Spice, shawl woven with Alpaca Silk/ Cashmere, Bird Eye Twill on a 4 harness Dorset
10/2 cotton, 24 epi towels for the Towel Exchange. Monks belt design on 4 shafts of a 22” Gilmore Gem II 8 shaft loom. Enjoyed weaving the set of towels for my first guild towel exchange. Looking forward to participating in other guild projects!
8 – Shaft Scarves
Study Group Towels
Urns for COVID to honor those who have died from COVID-19
Kelp Forest, overshot scarf–variant of wandering vine
Currently on the loom, crackle weave
Canvas weave scarves with 20/2 silk, inspired by Pistache Tree berries
Tapestry for Social Justice
Rigid Heddle Scarf
Knitted Gossamer Lace, knit with handspun white cashmere, approximately 5′ long
I’ve been having fun lately weaving fabric as a base for embroidery. In this case I wove 60/2 silk in 6 shaft false damask with gulls as a background for a beach themed embroidery of my granddaughter’s initials. Said granddaughter isn’t 2 yet, so I don’t know that she has an opinion on it, but her parents like it.
Embroidery notes (if anyone is interested):
Most handwoven fabric benefits from being backed with muslin, to stabilize the stitches.
Transfering a pattern to handwoven fabric can be virtually impossible if there is any intricacy to the design. I found tracing the pattern onto a clear soluble stabilizer such as Solvy, then basting it to the fabric and hooping carefully works better than trying to apply it directly to the fabric.
I finally finished weaving linen curtains after many false starts with beaming the 50″ wide linen warp and tying up my countermarch loom. The curtains are woven from unbleached 40/2 Normandy linen at 20epi and ~18ppi in a huck lace pattern of my own devising. They were inspired by Ulla’s 50/2 linen curtains. They are held up by temporary loops of ribbon from Michael’s. I am weaving a 9 yd ribbon of the same 40/2 linen in plain weave at 24epi/ppi for the permanent loops.
I took Barbara Shapiro’s twisted paper box weaving class at the beginning of April. I used ¼” paper splints while most students used thinner, colored paper. My box is on the chunky side because of the thickness of the paper splints, but I like it.
Gudrun: Card Woven Hat Band
I made this band in the recent Andean Pebble Weave workshop taught by Laverne Waddington; it’s 3/2 cotton in whatever colors I had in stash.
My 18-year placemats! They were on my loom for 18 years (long story) and were designed to go with the dishes pictured here. They are now off the loom!
Here’s what’s on the loom right now. After all our discussions about supplementary warp and my need to work from the stash I decided to break into a single ball of precious novelty yarn and threaded it to float above some muted greens—rayon chenille and boucle with a tencel weft.
Supplemental warp done in 4 shafts. 5/2 bamboo for warp and weft .
Ange: Overshot Runners
My first Overshot projects! Three runners from Janet Dawson’s Overshot class.
Gudrun: The Gang is Back — Woven Dolls
“The Gang” was first described in Weaver’s No 5, 1989. Members of the Gang have been seen at times, here are some from Mary Anderson’s collection
(https://wovenbyhand.wordpress.com/2020/07/17/mary-anderson-weavings/#jp-carousel-148) and (https://wovenbyhand.wordpress.com/2020/07/17/mary-anderson-weavings/#jp-carousel-143)
The weaving is a 4H doubleweave woven in the form of tubes. The shuttle goes either all the way across or is pulled out in the middle or sides to form legs and arms. The dolls quickly develop personality through their proportions, clothing, and embellishments. They do surprise you.
John: Woven Towels
I’m taking an online weaving course by Joanne Hall, a well-known weaving teacher who works for Glimakra. It’s called Countermarch at Home, teaching people who are new to countermarch looms how to get the best results from their loom. I just started weaving a set of towels (for the exchange). The draft for the towel is the one that I created a few months ago by decoding a towel that Gudrun got from a friend many years ago. The class is great. My technique with my countermarch loom has improved quite a bit. Joanne is teaching a course in draw loom weaving in February.
Kaye and Sand:
Marjorie: Sprang Braided Pouch
This project is a 2-2 Sprang braided twill phone pouch. I don’t know what the yarn is specifically for the body but that it’s wool. The other yarn is Tahki Tandem. The button is from Buttons! By Linda Sicard.
Ange: Twill Blanket & Overshot
55 x 62 finished, not including fringe. It’s Timm Ranch wool from Meridian Jacobs, 10 EPI in a straight twill. I got about 25% shrinkage when I wet finished so it was ginormous on the loom but it went from a gauzy fabric on the loom to a beautifully soft and cohesive fabric off the loom. It’s natural white warp and white weft so hard to see any pattern on the photos… I attached one of it on the couch for size and another closeup of the twill.
I had two problems that I’ll note here…. One was the yarn was pretty lively twist wise so it wanted to kink up on me; I didn’t watch for that closely enough on the bottom layer so ended up with some parts where the weft doubles back on itself a bit. I fixed a bunch of them before wet finishing but left a few to see how they would look and now wish I’d fixed them. The second issue was that I was so afraid of pulling too tight at the fold that I didn’t pull tight enough so some of the threads there are a little loose; most of that came out in the wet finishing but not enough. Stripes would probably have hidden it 🙂
8/2 unmercerized cotton warp sett at 16 EPI and ground weft in pale green grey and 5/2 mercerized cotton pattern weft. I’m making it as part of Janet Dawson’s online overshot class.
Cathy DiBenedetto: Coiled Rope Baskets
I was inspired to learn about these coiled rope baskets when I saw one
that was shared on the website in May. Although that one was held
together be weaving, mine are sewn on the sewing machine. I have done
many while sheltering in place this past year.I use clothesline covered with strips of fabric. I fold over the top edge of the strip so it eliminates the raw edge. I think it makes a
nicer looking basket. It’s a great way to use leftover yardage or fat
quarters. I’ve also experimented with Macrame cording. It works well but
the basket is not as sturdy. My sewing machine appreciates the less
dense macrame cording though. Much easier to sew through! The fun part
is creating different patterns with colors and prints. Also doing a
variety of finishing with flowers or tassels, beads and buttons.
Daryl Lancaster designed vest. I used my hand woven fabric that I made with Kathryn Weber’s hand painted warps. Yarn is 100% cotton from 8/2 hand painted and 5/2 black. Weave structure is turned taquete. I am in the last stages of putting it together now. I still have to put on the trim and the zipper and a good press and I’ll be done.
Teddie: Placemats and Table Runner
Four place mats and a table runner in rep weave. The pattern is from
Handwoven Sept/Oct 2005.
Double width log cabin blanket from Jennifer Moore’s book p. 77-78. It is woven with Shetland wool purchased from Eugene Textiles and is incredibly soft. I altered the design a bit but kept it the same width on the loom of 40 inches, and wove 87 inches in length. There is a total of 800 threads and is sett at 20 epi. I used a floor mirror to the side of my loom to check the side to make sure it remained open as I wove and this helped some. I am pleased with how it turned out and will now work on finishing the twisted fringe and do a wet finish to give it more fullness and softness.
Crackle Scarf, 7.5” x 71” on the loom, fringe twists and wet finishing still to be done.
8/2 tencel, warp and ground weft. Pattern wefts: shantung silk yaspee (dark brown) and a silk/wool blend (orange and tan). Also some picks in a metallic yarn for a little sparkle.
Blanket, cardigan, hat and booties that I knit for my first grandchild.
Rag rug woven with cotton strips.