Posts Tagged by weaving
|13 December 2015||Posted by Ness under Podcast|
In which I think about the responsibilities of being an adult, am 20 of 48 skeins done Level 5, go over novelty yarns for Level 3, work on too many projects to make much progress on any one of them, and make some good progress beading Christmas Elegance. Thanks for listening!
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – not the best Indy, but diverting
- Master Spinner Program
- Fibre Week at Olds College
- Shuttleworks – a spinning and weaving shop near south Calgary; we’ll be sorry to lose it!
- The hemp roving I ordered from Aurora Silk
- The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Designs by Sarah Anderson: Amazon.com or Chapters.ca
- Learning to Fly – Still working on my knit-a-long with the class
- READ: A Kindle Cozy – my new free pattern!
- Rabbitworks on Etsy – I am using Call and Answer, which I picked up a couple of Fibre Weeks ago, for my friend’s socks
- Mariner’s Hat by by Jacqui Bennett – the colourwork hat I am doing in…
- Knit Picks Full Circle Worsted – no longer available
- Abstract Fiber’s website
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|2 August 2014||Posted by Ness under Podcast|
In which I try not to melt in the heat, successfully spin cotton and weave a silk swatch for Level 3, avoid a measurement error that could have cost me marks, finish one sock and start the next, talk yarn bombing with Maureen Young of the Inglewood Neighbourhood Empowerment Team, and finish the outlining on the Tapestry. Thanks for listening!
The Heat Is On
- The French Executioner by C.C. Humphreys (Chapters link), which was the book I mentioned at the beginning of the essay. It seems to be out of print.
- Master Spinner Program
- Fibre Week at Olds College
- The Practical Spinner’s Guide to Cotton, Flax, and Hemp by Stephanie Gaustad: on Amazon.com and Chapters.Indigo
- My blog post about my beautiful swatch
- Ply’s blog post about the error in the twist measuring article photographs
- Dazzle Them From Behind Socks – my project page – Tour de Sock Stage 4
- Tour de Sock official website
- Maureen Young, who is part of the Inglewood Neighbourhood Empowerment Team
- Knitmonton’s post about Operation Gussy Up
- A short history of the Charles Camsell Hospital
- Some pictures from someone who snuck in a few years ago. I do not condone the sneaking in, but the photos give you an idea of the state of the building.
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|22 July 2014||Posted by Ness under Spinning, Weaving|
Level 3 homework marches on, and it occurred to me after I’d decided to spin a three-ply silk noil for weft, that I’d already decided to spin up a two-ply mawata skein for the same part of the homework. In fact, I’d already drafted out six mawata and wrapped them around two nostepinne, just waiting for me to spin them. And I’d even put the nostepinne in the bin’o’homework’stuff that was here at the suite, and not at the storage unit! Well, how lucky. I immediately ditched the idea of the three-ply noil (for this skein), and proceeded to spin up the mawata.
First, let me say that if you draft mawata and store them on nostepinne, it’s probably best to spin them within a day or two. Don’t let them sit there and meld together, get bumped around and compressed, or you might just end up doing what I did and wasting the better part of one whole mawata and having to draft out another. But spin them I did, and the yarn itself actually turned out quite nice (if I do say so myself), and then it was time to try out the pin loom that my dad made for me.
First I just put in fifteen nails per side and wrapped the silk for warp around them, then attempted to use a crochet hook and a makeshift paper stick shuttle to do a plain weave. It looked awful, and I was going to run out of weft yarn well before the three inch mark. I pulled it all apart, and looked up proper instructions for using a pin loom. It looked fairly easy, so I set up the loom as the directions said, and wove.
You know the reason that we all have lots of knitting needles in different sizes, or different spinning wheels or spindles? It’s because we know that we need to match the right tools to the right job. There was a little problem with the pin loom that Dad made for me. It works perfectly, but for a lot heavier-weight yarn than the silk that I spun.
Now I faced a conundrum. I needed to weave a 3″ square out of these two yarns, somehow. My rigid heddle loom, which I kept out and is in the storage unit, could work, but I would need a lot more yarn for my little square. The pin loom obviously wasn’t going to work, and I only had the supplies that I had brought with me, and what I could possibly scrounge. Luckily, a little bit of searching on Google led me to this tutorial on how to make a cardboard loom, and as luck would have it, we had a cardboard box sitting in our recycling bag, waiting to be taken to the curb. A night’s work and some very sore fingers later (no hammer or really tools of any kind meant that I was pushing the nail through the cardboard by hand to ‘pre-drill’ the holes), I had a little 3″ square loom ready to go.
Macgyvering this loom together meant making do with what I had. A nail to pierce both pieces of cardboard, corrugated cardboard recycled from a shipping box, a short yarn needle, and the thin acrylic yarn I use to tie my final skeins are not the most ideal construction supplies for the loom, but they’re what I had, and it worked well enough.
It’s taken me three days to weave this little swatch. The tension isn’t great, because really how do you regulate that, and my selvages are pretty bad too, since the acrylic stretched a bit and the corrugated cardboard collapsed, and beating the weft threads into place was… an interesting experience, but the more I wove, the more infatuated I became with the fabric.
The shiny, tightly spun warp threads. The textured mawata weft, still shiny but not as much. The cool hand after I had coaxed the weft into line and felt the fabric. The adorable rusticness of the whole thing, combined with the luxurious feel of silk.
I would probably weave this way again. Not with corrugated cardboard and not with a short needle or with acrylic thread as the base, but it was fun, easy, portable, and best of all…
…did what I needed it to do. The swatch shrank a little once it was off the loom, but I’m not going to worry about that. It needs a wash, and then it’s ready for my Level 3 workbook. One down, more to go. I still need to find a place in the workbook for a three-ply silk noil skein, just because.
|26 May 2014||Posted by Ness under Spinning, Weaving|
You know, there’s something about weaving. Not necessarily the process, because that seriously took me way too long, but part of that was a) the demands on my time, and b) the set-up I had. First the loom was in the guestroom, which made it hard to weave when Mike was on nights. Then there was the standing, which I don’t mind, but the table was a touch too short, which made me lean a little awkwardly. But there was definitely something satisfying about finishing, and unrolling that cloth from the cloth beam (okay, I admit I had to look up what that part was called, or you would have gotten ‘that front roller thingy’).
What I know about weaving would fit in a slim volume, but I knew enough not to cut them apart until after washing, and I knew I’d need to seam the ends to keep them from unravelling, bringing my exceptional(ly bad) sewing skills into play. And as I noted in the podcast, they came out of the dryer, well, interesting. I knew the yarns were a little different as I was weaving them, but I didn’t expect it to be THAT different. You’re thinking, but it couldn’t have been that bad, right?
But ironing is a wonderous thing, and after ironing, cutting apart, ironing ends, sewing ends (badly), and ironing again, I have three lovely, and soft, tea towels.
I wish there was a way you could all feel these tea towels. They are soft. Like, wonderfully soft. Snuggle up with soft. And they actually look like tea towels. Sure, there are some errors, and my edges could use some work, and my sewing is sub-standard, but for my fourth weaving project ever, I’m very pleased with them.
And that makes me start thinking. Thinking about my original plan for my Level 3 final project, which was to weave a sampler of silk and cotton. To spin up cotton warp in all the different colours – white, brown, and green – and silk weft in both tussah and bombyx top and noil (and maybe mawata), and make a lovely plaid-box runner, probably about 2′ by 3′. I threw that idea out the window when I was having such trouble with spinning silk and cotton, switching up to wool and adding a dying component. But then this happened.
I spent a weekend spinning Tussah silk. ~8 WPI in the ply, 210 yards, so not quite enough for Level 4 dying, but close. It worked. It didn’t take too long. And since I have fifty hours, I could probably still dye the silk with padauk like I was planning to do with the wool. I still have to make friends with cotton before I decide to switch fibres back but it’s oh so tempting. Can’t you see it? White, brown and green weft, honey-tussah and white-bombyx, some overdyed with red padauk with a couple mordants, texture shifts with top and with noil… It might not be useful, or as useable as a tea towel (that has to be ironed if it rains outside), but it would make a beautiful fabric.
|19 May 2014||Posted by Ness under Podcast|
In which I really wish we were moving in soon because LOOM, make a sample and get some spinning done – as well as some thinking – for Levels 3 and 4, finish off the Level 2 retrospective with the final project, upload some photographs and finish weaving a project, and finish up the messengers in the Tapestry. Thanks for listening!
- Mayim Cardigan by Alexandra Virgiel – My project page, and the pattern page on Ravelry. Now with photos!
- Winterthorn by Rebecca Strickland – My project page, and the pattern page on Ravelry. Pictures there now!
- Noro Taiyo Lace Tunic – Ravelry pattern page and my project page.
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