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!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Weaving with Echo and Iris

I couldn't wait to dig into my new book!

But I have no idea what I'm doing or what it's saying to do yet!

It's very complicated.

I decided I needed a base to start, so I found the very VERY basic draft on pg 5 and decided it was a good place to start.  I studied it very carefully, and then I put it into a weaving program:

It still didn't make a whole lot of sense to me, so I zoomed out:

Very pretty!

Then I threaded my loom.  The threading made a lot more sense once I dug into it.  At first, I was a little intimidated by it, but you basically have an odd shaft group (1-3-5-7) and an even shaft group (2-4-6-8).  Each threading starts with the 1-3-5-7, then does the even numbers 2-4-6-8.  Then, it goes back to the odd grouping and drops the first shaft number to the end, 3-5-7-1, and then the opposite, with the same first shaft dropping to the end: 4-6-8-2.  It just keeps rotating around and around like this until it's back to the beginning with only 8 total rotations.

Just a 2 yard sample to see how it acts!  There is so much in this book, this is a good place to start!

Teaching part-time, weaving, and having an infant at home is a very demanding set of tasks to accomplish!  I am enjoying working part-time a lot.  My week is over by Tuesday evening!  YES!  I love it!  I would prefer to stay home full-time with David, but since I have to work, I feel that by working part-time I get the best of both worlds.

By the way, daddy dressed David on this work day... I guess it's a good thing I'm home 5 days a week!

Poor kid...

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Finally done

Towels are all washed and sewn!  Finally, I'm done with these pinkless towels!

I love the way they turned out... each and every one of them!
I like them more now that they are done and not on the loom... sometimes it happens that way.

My friend really wanted the one on the far left, the striped one.  What a good choice!

For those of you who bought a copy of my book, you might recognize this little fabric book as a sample project in it!  I guess David thought I said to "eat it" rather than "read it"!  

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Off the loom

 I finally cut the towels off the loom.  I'm actually glad to be done with these ones!

What did I do with the edges of the very colorful ones?  Well, I just cut off the threads and left it.  Turn your head away if you must... 

But I figured that there is enough weaving with each color that it will hold together well enough.  And if I'm wrong?  Well, I'm wrong and I'll know for next time!!

Look at the goodie that came in the mail last week!!  I'm so excited to get started!!

Look who's using a little chair now??  That would be David!  He's not eating solids yet, but I like to put him in this at the dinner table so he will adjust to it in time!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The last towel

For this last towel, I decided to go back and do another pinwheel, because it overall was my very favorite design.

This time, instead of changing colors every row, I decided to do groups of colors.  I am doing a few rows of the same light yarn and the same dark yarn, and when it runs out, then I change it.

I like it the best of all! 

The edges are much cleaner and you can still have the fun pinwheel look, but without all those color changes.

This time, it's actually relaxing to do these pinwheels!  I was so tired of the color changes, and I'm still not sure what the best method is to fix the edges of the first 3 towels!

If the color ends somewhere in the row, then that's ok!  I just pick up where I left off and keep going!  I think it looks neat!

And this little munchkin has grown so fast, it's time to bring out the larger sized clothes!  He's fitting 3-6 months now!  But of course, he's nearly 4 months old, so it shouldn't be a surprise!

I made him some new pants, but of course he's sleeping right now or else I would try them on!  I can't wait for him to wake up and see his new schnazy pants!  These are the 3-6 month size... so they might be a little bit big to start with.  I need to make a few more pairs of them and then I will be set with pants for him for awhile!  I still can't seem to fit the regular store-bought pants on him because he's kind of skinny.  I have a feeling that this will be a battle for awhile!  Good thing I can sew his size!  I like mine better anyway!



Sunday, August 10, 2014

Celebrate the stripes

 Forget the weft color changes this time around!

It's so nice just to weave with one color!

I like the flow I can get into! 

This is one of my most favorite 4-shaft weaves.  I love this texture!  I discovered it 5 years ago when I first got my loom.  I wove a very small ending piece and I have loved it ever since!  I loved how nicely it washed up, and it's something different.  The texture is always so nice with this one!

I decided to use natural colored weft so that no one color would stand out.  Here is the pattern for 8-shafts, but it's originally a 4-shaft pattern.

These warp stripes make this towel look like so much fun!

And this looks like fun, too!

Friday, August 8, 2014

These color changes...

... are driving me crazy!  What I really want to do is just weave a one shuttle weave right now!  I am getting tired of stopping to change colors after every 8 treadles.  Ugh!!

However, while I was weaving, here are some other delightful combinations I came up with, not that I'm chomping at the bit to get started on these or anything!  But I am tucking these away for future reference!

#1: red, orange, red, orange, yellow, green, yellow, green, blue, purple, blue, purple:

#2: red, orange, red, orange, yellow, orange, yellow, orange, yellow, green, yellow, green, blue, green, blue, green, blue, purple, blue, purple, red, purple, red, purple

I liked this idea I came up with for the above combinations, so I thought since I was getting tired of the color changes anyway, I would try something like it on this latest towel.  I used several colors in a row before changing them out.  It made for less floats on the sides, AND I could weave through the rest of this one towel so much faster.  Here is what it looks like:

You can hardly tell I cheated on this very last section!  And it got me through it.

I think I might do a one shuttle weave next... and if I run out of warp, that is fine by me!  I'm getting tired of this one anyway!  :)

"What?!  Tired of a warp?"  Asks little man...

 "NOOO!!  It can't be!!!"

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Experiment 2

I decided to start with experiment #2, which looks like this:

So far, I love it!  It's neat to weave something you created... well, as far as I know I created this.  Who knows, maybe I am just re-inventing the wheel!  It's hard to tell with weaving because it's been around for so long and so many great brains are thinking things up all the time!

I really love the texture!  It's really neat!  

One side of this weave has an emphasis on the warp, and the other side emphases the weft.  It almost reminds me of a lace weave, but not quite.

And we'll wrap things up with a little bit o'David!

Monday, August 4, 2014


I'm kind of an ADHD weaver.  I weave, think, get distracted (usually by the computer), and then weave again to start the cycle all over!  I don't really ever sit and weave for more than probably 10 minutes at a time because I think too much and distract myself!

Let's put on our thinking caps:

Here's the current project.  It's very smooth, however, it is loaded with 4-thread floats.  Because of this, the threads also pack together really well, too well, and take away the squareness.  With the pinwheels from towel #1, it was hard to get them square because there is a lot of tabby structure to it.

It is a really neat weave, and I do like it, but I kept thinking what would happen if I combined just a little bit more tabby into the structure?

Here are some things I was thinking of while working with this current project.  I have the threading set, so I can't change that.  I also like the 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 straight treadling, so I don't want to change that.  Also, with the current stars, the warp squishes a lot, but the pinwheels didn't squish down enough.  But what if I change the tie-up of the stars to have a little bit more tabby?  It would make some neat patterns!  Here are some ideas I might try with this warp:

Experiment #1:

With this experiment, I lose the pinwheel and star look, but it's still fascinating looking!  This is what it would look like with only 1 color:

Experiment 2:

In this design, the star is still vaguely present, but maybe the beat won't squish it down too much.  I'm finding with the current tie-up, it squishes quite a bit while the pinwheels don't squish enough!  So this might be a good compromise, without losing the star look. This is what it looks like with solid colors in the warp and weft:

I've always liked the look of this 2/2 weave, and I can do it on this warp if I want to:

And this is what it would look like if I choose to change colors:

I have always loved the texture of the above weave, and it would be fun to do!  I've never made an entire towel out of it before.  I've always had intentions to weave a doubleweave blanket out of this weave structure though.  It's a nice one!

And now for another cute distraction baby picture!