Sunday, September 14, 2014

More samples

I should just weave a gamp instead of individual samples!  It probably wouldn't be a bad idea... and then I can try several combinations of colors at one time.

I have come to a conclusion... I don't like the light wefts as much as the dark wefts.  You can actually see the design much better on this sample in the picture than in real life.  In real life, it doesn't make any sense to my brain.  So I didn't finish this one....

And here is a dark weft sample:

I didn't put enough yarn on the shuttle to actually finish it 100%, but I do like it more than others.  I notice though that it looks a little squatty, so I wonder if I made the sett just a tad tighter if it would change it overall to look better than ever.  I'm still not 100% fond of this weave... mine just don't look like the cool ones in the book and I am running out of ideas.  I might or might not abandon ship after this one... but I might do a gamp. Still not sure where I'm headed or how hard I want to try to make these work.

David bravely trying something new... real food for the first time!  It took a day or two for him to get used to this new idea!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Hopefully it's worth the effort

 This third sample warp is made up of shades of blues: light, med, dark, and darker.  

It was tied onto the old threading.

This is the same treadling attempt, but I decided it just wasn't looking good on the actual warp.  Something about this one.... too small of a design?  In real life, it mushes together and doesn't look too good.  So I abandoned ship on this sample treadling.

 This one has a diamond shape, and I like it the most out of all the samples I have done so far!

But it's still not perfect.  It's too monotone.

I need to add some life by switching up some colors.  Perhaps a green weft... or purple.  I'll have to play around some more with it.  I might also think about switching out some of the inner colors.

I have never had to do so many samples for one project before!  This is crazy!  I guess it shows you how complicated a weave structure this is.  It has a lot of factors... colors, sett, shades and contrast... Hopefully it's worth the effort!

David enjoying that handwoven blanket I made a few months back!  It's finally getting chilly enough to bring it out!

He loves being loosely wrapped up.  And for some reason, he loves rubbing soft fabrics on his chubby cheeks!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Re-thinking & re-tying

I pulled the original echo weave sample out of my wash today and I was rather impressed with how neat it looked overall... so I'm re-thinking of doing it again, but with the 12/2 cotton sett at 30 epi like the original sample.  I'm not fond of my second sample of 16/2 sett at 30, and I think I need a tighter sett in order to make it work, but I think I like the bigger thread, possibly 8/2 or 8/4 would look even neater in echo weave.

Closing shot...
Soccer baby!  All he needs is a soccer ball!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


I think I'm "echo-challenged"... meaning that I can't do it!  Just like the first practice warp, I'm also dissatisfied with this one, too.

Here is the latest sample:

I really REALLY hate it.  I don't say it often about my weaving, but I hate it.

If you look at it from the side, you can kind of see what it was supposed to be... 

Looking back at the first practice samples, they were way better than this practice sample... and I didn't like those either.

I tried a darker weft color, the teal that is also part of the warp, and it was only a little bit better... but no where near pleasing enough to even finish the sample.

Again, viewed from the side, you can kind of see it.... but who looks at weaving from this specific of an angle?

I really love looking at this "Weaving with Echo and Iris" book, but it's just not happening for me.  I'm getting to a point where I'm not enjoying weaving right now so I might have to put these project ideas aside for awhile and play with this book later!  I MIGHT consider tightening up the sett.  Here are some examples of loose sett vs. tight sett.

Sett 20 epi

 Sett 40 epi 



This little guy makes me so happy!  Look how tiny he looks in this walker!

Here is David singing an old classic!


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Echo Iridescence

 The Plan:

The Yarn:

Hope this works out!

We spent a lot of time each summer morning walking with Big Grandpa!  Here's a shot!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Echo color studies with a virtual warp

I have been doing a lot of thinking about the echo weave color choices and which would be best.  There is great information on pg 38 of Marian's book "Weaving with Echo and Iris."  She says to use 4 colors that follow the color wheel:
     1. red, or a color that uses red, for example purple or orange
     2.  blue or a color that contains blue
     3. green or a color related to green
     4. yellow, or one that is related to yellow

Marian also says that a combination of 3 analogous colors and their compliment would also work well... of course, this also follows the rules to the above 4 colors if you use them all!

Keeping all these guidelines in mind, here are some combinations I came up with while playing in the paint program:

My favorite so far was combination #3.  I made a warp using colors from #3.  Marian also suggests grouping your colors in order that they would appear on the color wheel.  The way they are in the picture would follow this rule.

Here is my virtual practice warp following combination #3:

I wanted to see what this one would look like with different wefts:

Here are some experimental wefts for my virtual warp close-up:







Honestly, I am not a purple person, but I really like the purple warp.  I wonder if it's because it's 1. different from all the other colors involved, and 2.  brings out the complimentary blue color.  Also, it's dark and makes the other colors pop.

This has been a fun virtual warp journey!  It really gets me thinking about my next warp.  Of course, I'm going to use what colors I have on hand, but I think I understand the colors a little bit better than before.

And a little bit of David to complete your day!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Change of weft color

This is what my sample looks like with a medium blue in the weft instead of natural.  I like it more than the other ones, but still my sample colors are overall gross!  I can't wait to throw a new sample on the loom and get some more work done.  I want to weave this design again, but with a repeat in the warp colors so it mirrors what you see here.  That would look really neat!

David likes it!

Sunday, August 24, 2014


 This is what I was working on from page 5, with the treadling reversed at the top:

And this is the treadling found on page 46, bottom figure:

Wow, I really like this 2nd piece!!!  It's so awesome looking!  Again, I'm not fond of my choice of sample colors, but in some other colors, this would be fantastic!  Also, if I included a reverse of the warp design like in the example in the book, it would be even better!  This is really fun!  I like that it's a whole project color-dependent design, rather than little twill designs that keep repeating themselves over and over again.  It's so new!  This adds a whole new dimension to my weaving!  I'm so glad I bought the book!

Next I should try changing the weft color and see what happens...

On page 38, Marian makes a note about color choices.  She says, "In these weavings, colors float on successive shafts two by two.  An optical color merging takes place by which they [the colors] diminish in brightness and expressiveness.  For this reason, it is important to choose saturated colors.  Colors must show a strong contrast to each other."

Well... I guess there is my problem with this sample!  I didn't use enough saturated colors!  Hopefully the next one will be better...

David helping in the color selection.... it's never too early to start yarn training!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Reset sett

This is the sett at 30 epi.  I had to cut off the old one and re-slay a reed and re-tie it all on, that is why it looks separated at the bottom....  But the adjusted epi is much better!  I don't feel like I have to be super gentle with my beating the weft in!

I really think this weave is neat and has a lot of potential, but I don't like my sample very much.  Good thing it's small and just a sample!  I think this would look neat with some greens, blues, and purples!  That has to be my favorite color grouping, even though I am not a fan of purple, I like it in just the right group.  Maybe a yellow, green, blue, purple would also be neat.  Or better yet, green, blue, purple, and red!  I think I might go that way... but first, I must finish my sample and learn some more!

Ever since David was born, I have been taking a picture every single day and then putting it together into the same document.  At one point, it became way too large, and the whole file corrupted.  Fortunately, I had all the original face pictures!  I then decided to do month by month, and shrink the one individual month, and then put them together.  He turned 4 months on the 16th, but here is my composition so far:

I can't believe he's 4 months old!  It's been the best (and hardest!!) 4 months ever!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

1st sample

First sample has been started... and it's ok.  First, the epi seems like it could use some tightening up.  It's sett is a tabby sett of 24 epi, and it could probably tighten up to a twill sett of 30 epi.  Second, the light green and light yellow are so light that they almost blend together.  I think a slightly different tone would be good.  But this really is just a sample...  Otherwise, it really does look like it's supposed to!  The weave structure is really neat.  There are some longer floats mixed in with very short threads.  I wonder what it will look and feel like when it's washed up!

I might try a tighter sett for the next sample.  Also, it needs some floating salvage threads on each end!

A little bit of David showing off in the mirror.  He loves watching himself move and talk!