Sunday, April 13, 2014

April Showers bring.....

New rain boots!
And they are flowery too! Now I am all set for mud season.  But they aren't much help when it comes to treadling the loom.


There has been weaving.  During our last big snow storm, about a month ago, I decided to put on an all white warp as a flag of surrender to the unending winter.  It came off the loom looking like this:


 But after wet finishing it looked like this:
And there was another tie-up the wove up like this:
another view:

So the white warp seems to have worked because we have temperatures in the 70's today.  However, tomorrow's forecast calls for 1-3" of snow.


My response to that news is this:

It's a prayer shawl knitted, pattern used was Hamako and the yarn is Red Heart in red.  The pattern came out very well, but I will never use Red Heart again...it was murder on my hands.

And those are the latest fiber happenings here at Fiberewetopia....

Monday, March 17, 2014

Silent But Not Idle.....

The fabric from the last post is off the loom and I thought you might like to see them.

This is the fabric from the first draft in the last post:



This has large plain weave blocks alternating with the pattern blocks.  It was a PITA to weave.  I should have known better about the selvedges.  But I couldn't have anticipated that the 12th shaft would want to float, making for long warp floats on the back of the fabric.  So I learned.

This is the next draft, where the tie-up was changed to make the plain weave blocks the same size as the small blocks:
The weaving on this went a little better.  I was intrigued with the different textures in the various blocks.  The plain weave alternating with the pattern weave at the selvedges still created a bit of a problem, but not as much as the first draft.

Back under the loom to change the tie-up again and we create the third, and my favorite fabric:
Yay! Texture all over, decent selvedges and a clear shed on every shot.  Who could ask for more?!

Here's the stack of sample kitchen towels from this warp:
I wove two of the last fabric.  The all over texture will be nice and absorbent in wiping up in the kitchen.

And there has been knitting:
A double thickness, reversible had for dh, who has been blowing snow all winter....90+ inches in one location and 70+ inches in another.  The first photo is the most accurate in color.  There is no blue in the hat.  What reads as blue in the bottom two photo's is a deep spruce green.  The yarn is Cascade Heritage Hand Painted Sock Yarn.  The hat used up almost all of the skein.

And there are new socks in the making:
Those colors are true.  The yarn is Regia Blitz color.  They are the antidote to all of this:



At the end of my last post on Feb. 22, I asked how many more polar vortices there could be?  The answer so far is 3.







Saturday, February 22, 2014

Playing with weaving drafts

A couple weeks ago Kerstin did a blog post about an unusual fabric and her approach to reproducing a draft for it.

I was fresh out of a three shaft weave workshop with JoAnne Bachelder and visions of combining three shafts drafts were dancing in my head:
samples from the three shaft workshop
So I asked Kerstin if she had considered approaching it with three shaft drafts instead of a straight draw and got permission to play around with it myself.  Here's what I came up with:


It's a combination of 4 three end twills using 12 shafts to produce 4 blocks.  It's similar, but different from Kerstin's in that there are three shots of a float pattern with only one plain weave shot between each group of three float wefts..

Here's what the fabric looks like:
 The striped appearance of the green warp blocks is from 4 different greens used in the warp.  All of the yarns are 8/2 cotton.

By changing the tie up, it's possible to get pattern/texture in three blocks, with one plain weave block moving in a diagonal across the fabric:







Or change the tie-up again and you can different pattern/texturess in all four blocks:


There's a seven yard warp on the loom for towels where I will play with all of these variations.   Feel free to play along, but let us know if you do.  It will be fun to see what others come up with.

Sorry for the sparseness of posts lately.  I've been kind of busy doing this:

How many more polar vortices can there be this season?