Sunday, July 3, 2016

Black Windowpanes

A scarf for my daughter, black as per school uniform regulations.

Woven on a rigid heddle loom, heddle: 30/10 
Yarn: 2 ply black wool from Anna Gratton used double.
Pattern: Single windowpane p100, The Weaver's Idea Book by Jane Patrick.

Scarf dimensions
Off loom and before washing
Width: 37cm   Length: 230cm

After washing and finishing
Width: 31cm   Length: 215cm

Saturday, June 4, 2016

A Sneaky Paper Shrug.

I'm always looking for patterns that I could use to make simple garments from my weaving experiments. I read the Fadnista's sneaky shrug tutorial a couple of weeks ago and  so this morning I mocked up a paper version. It took me a little while to understand the instructions but then it clicked. Now to try it out with some fabric.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Blanket Blues

First post of the year and I'll start with something I made last year, my one and only handmade Christmas present, a lap blanket for my parents. 

Warp: natural Merino 4 ply from DEA Yarns, dyed rather unevenly by me.  This is a lovely soft yarn.
 Weft:   Alternating rows of  Merino 4 ply yarn (same as warp) and handspun, "Ocean''  pure Corriedale Wool from Anna Gratton Ltd

 Pattern: Monk's Belt from "Handweaver's Pattern Book" by Anne Dixon, p98.
 I underestimated how much of the merino 4 ply yarn I would need for the weft and twice had to dye some more.  It was getting a bit desperate as I used up all my navy dye in the first batch and had to mix up something close from my remaining dyes. Blue dyes are definitely on my shopping list once the holiday break is over.  

I was a bit worried that this was a crazy present to give in summer, especially when we have had some really hot and sticky days but my Mum feels the cold a lot now (a chemo side-effect) and she used it while we were staying so I guess it wasn't so crazy after all.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Paua yarn

No, not yarn made from paua, though that would be rather awesome.  Just that the colours of this yarn remind me of paua shells.  I dyed carded wool of an unknown breed and then spun and plied it on itself. I still have a large bag of this wool so will be further dyeing experiments.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Arty Yarn

From this

 to this

to this

My first attempt at arty yarn, lots of things to do differently next time and I might even look at some instructions instead of guessing how to do things. :)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Dyeing experiments

 The Spinners and Weavers group I belong to had a retreat last weekend at Awhitu.  The weather was beautiful, and Saturday was perfect for dyeing. I had a few bags of fibre that other people had given away that I decided to dye in the hope that I will now do something with the results. Everything was dyed using Ashford wool dyes and the microwave method where you paint the dye on and wrap in gladwrap for steaming.  You can find a tutorial on this page.

First up is what we decided is probably mohair, it is very hairy whatever it is 
and has a slight sheen to it. It is the fibre equivalent to having a Welsh Springer Spaniel in the house as it just keeps on shedding.

 Then some carded wool fibre of unknown breed.  

And finally some mohair locks, they're still a bit wet in these photos so the colour is deeper than when they dried.

I'm spinning the locks above with some red merino.