The lighting is not great, I used my ipad instead of my iphone so the photo quality is not the best, but I did finish weaving off my sibling’s scarf! It is just as well, my sibling returned to Pittsburgh on Sunday and by Tuesday we had to ask them to come back because mom was not doing well. She is doing better now, but the extreme humidity is making things difficult for her COPD.
My sibling loves their scarf, and I am so very happy that I was able to give it to them. This took me less than a week to weave up, and then a day to wash and full it. Then it dried for a couple of days, but the entire process was so much fun.
Just today I finished my cotton weaving sampler, Acadian, for my guild. I took it off of the loom and washed it. The next step is to let it dry then seam it. I made the bottom a little bigger than might be advised using rags to create a very solid base. I wound up running with the idea and made the ‘handle’ (well I thought it would be a handle) the same weight and width. It turns out that it will be just long enough to create the sides and reinforce the bottom. In the past this might have discouraged me, right now I think it will either make a great basket for the table or, perhaps, I can practice making inkle bands and use one of those for a good handle for this bag. I will have to see how sturdy the bottom and sides look when this band is inserted.
As further updates, I have completed about 7″ on my spring towels, I think I want my first one to be about 18 inches long, so this is a decent amount! My rigid heddle loom is currently empty as is the guild loom. I have two projects in mind that I need to get my courage up for. I would like to weave a silk pouch out of some gold yarn I have so that I can use that to hold my USB drives. I would want it to be about 3″ across and a total of 12″ long. This would be a 4.5″ high pouch with a 3″ flap to hold it closed. I will probably chicken out, find a very small crochet hook, and crochet the pouch I have envisioned. This will give me an excuse to use the ‘left over’ yarn to experiment with a fancy weave, lol. The tricks we play on ourselves. In addition, Kelly Casanova has held a Krokbragd weaving course. I just obtained the yarn that I plan on using for this ($16 from $36 yay!), and hope to be able to warp my loom this weekend. The Krokbragd can be done on a rigid heddle or a 4 shaft loom. I think for my first effort I will use the 4 shaft so I can avoid the thought of a pick up stick. I have to read the instructions very carefully before I attempt this.
That’s all for now! Happy Crafting!
I finished my tapestry sampler! Alright there were supposed to be several trains, but there were issues with the first one, and the person that requested the tapestry decided that they prefer the periwinkle color to the original indigo. But the sampler is finished!
These pictures constitute about 4 days worth of silk spinning, such fun but quite difficult to master. These are part of my contributions to crafting 15 minutes a day every day for 365! #spin15
This is my silk and wool batt. There is a pretty white wool as the base and the colors are all silk. I carded this together and cannot wait to see how it spins up!
What a fun week, Happy Crafting!
Okay, Okay, so I’m still in my silk mood. I ordered 4oz of Bombyx silk from etsy. It is so much fun to spin, then I might have to see what I can do about dying it. Apparently silk dyes as easily as wool, it should be fascinating to see what colors I can create without losing the luster. I sincerely hope that I will be able to get at least 100 yards of 2 ply silk, but whatever I wind up will should be beautiful. So much fun!
On the left is my finished Monet Silk and on the right is some gold silk I had lying around. Both are 2 ply and just beautiful, the camera does not do their luster justice. The Monet wound up being 32 yards and the gold just over 40 yards. I am not sure what I am going to do with them yet though it will have to be something pretty special.
I love spinning silk, as soon as I get through this minor bout of obsession I am going to try and translate these skills to spinning my wool with a finer, tighter hand for weaving.
A week ago I attended a class on spinning silk with the Enchanted Mountains Weavers Guild in Bradford, PA. It was amazing. I learned about spinning silk from the fold, I sort of knew about that already, and using cowboy magic to keep my hands supple for spinning. I think they use the detangler and shine while I purchased the conditioner. As far as I can tell, since they both have silk proteins in them, mine should work just fine. (It certainly makes the silk slippery enough, lol.) The bobbin on the left is the 1/2 oz sample of silk I purchased to practice with, I’m not sure what the colorway is called but I think it looks like Monet’s “Waterlily Pond” painting myself. I am shocked at how fine I can get my spinning to be when I concentrate and cannot wait to see what this will look like when it is plied!
Please excuse the Laundry Basket. This was the only place I could get a really good picture of my Bombyx silk, my bathroom/laundry room. The lighting picked up the purples much better than in the living room. I am very pleased with how this turned out. I purchased Witchy Woman silk from WoolieBullie so that I would have some black silk for autumn rolags I created to prepare for Spinzilla! I love how much silk is in an ounce, so I was able to create this cabled silk yarn, 4 plies total. It is only about 40 yards long but it is beautiful and will create a remarkable project once I decide what I want to do with it.
I had some Silk Hankies left from 2012 when I last purchased fiber. I decided to spin them, and while I was on a Navajo Plying kick this past weekend I plied them. I then decided to exercise my new Inkle Loom, and much to my delight I love the results.