Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Art Yarn Weaving

I've just been to the Creative Fibre education event "First Light Fibres" which was held in Gisborne. It was a great event, lots of classes to choose from and people to meet.  One of the classes I attended was Weaving with Art Yarns led by Hilde Blank. It was fun playing with my yarns without any specific plan in mind and I like the end product though I'm not sure what I will do with it yet.

 Yarns:  my own handspun and dyed yarns, mostly wool but some mohair and silk fibres and dark    greyAshford Tekapo 8 ply
Loom: Ashford SampleIt rigid heddle
Dimensions (after washing): 1.29m x 19cm

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Three-Shaft Threading

A quick and colourful weaving project to finish 2017.

Draft: Three-shaft extended point threading: 1/2 and 2/1 twill from Handweaver's Pattern Book by Anne Dixon
Warp: 5/2 mercerised cotton
Weft: 5/2 mercerised cotton as for the warp
Sett: 16 epi
Loom: Ashford  4-shaft table loom


The December issue of the Creative Fibre magazine included some tips for new weavers and one of them was to adjust your Texsolv heddles so the 'eyes' face to the front so that was my first weaving job for 2018.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Moorman weaving experiments

I had the good fortune to be given some old weaving magazines and books a couple of months ago.  Amongst them were a couple on the Theo Moorman weaving technique - "Weaving as an Art Form" by Theo Moorman and "Weaving that Sings" by Joyce Harter and Nadine Sanders and after reading   them I was excited to do some experimenting.

The squares in the background are the first exercises in "Weaving as a Art Form".  From there I tried a few different ideas until I ran out of warp.  The square on the left hand side is strips of indigo-dyed silk left from a sewing project, after washing the background went wonky on the sides but I still like how the this piece worked out.

This piece was a bit of freeform weaving just to see how easy or not to weave pictures.  I think it is probably easier if you actually have the design drawn up to copy rather than making it up as you go.

  And last but not least, I used up the loom waste from a recent weaving project, knotting the ends together to make the pattern weft.  I quite like how this turned out.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

1 Sept 2017

Loom: Ashford 4-shaft table loom
Warp & weft yarn: 8/2 tencel from Fibreholics
Sett: 24 e.p.2.5cm
Structure: Advancing 2/2 twill, p211 Handweaver's Pattern Book by Anne Dixon
Finished dimensions: 176cm x 20cm

Monday, August 21, 2017

Weaving - Tea Towels

Loom: Ashford Rigid Heddle
Warp & weft yarn: Linen cotton slub, linen 40% cotton 60%, 2/8Nm from DEA yarns
Sett: 8 ends/cm (used 2 x 40/10cm heddles)
Structure: Plain weaveFinished dimensions: 60cm x 41.5 cm

Thursday, July 13, 2017


I've been a member of The Monthly Stitch since 2013 and in that time I've made a grand total of 5 posts, the last one over 2 years ago. I have been very slack so it's time for me to make an effort and join in again, just in time for Indie Pattern Month.

The Dreamstress blog is a favourite of mine and I was interested when she launched a pattern line, Scroop Patterns, to see what the patterns would be. Did you know scroop is the technical name for the rustling sound that silk and rayon taffeta make?, you always learn something from Leimomi's posts.  A few months ago she had a sale and I bought the Fantail Skirt pattern and it has sat on my computer ever since, so when Indie Pattern month rolled around at The Monthly Stitch I thought it was time to fire the printer and sewing machine up and get to work.

Pattern:  Scroop Patterns The modern Fantail Skirt. The description for this pattern says it is a classic 5-gore, A-line skirt with a fan of sewn pleats that release at mid-hip at center back. It features a waistband that sits at the natural waist, an invisible back zip, and hook or button fastenings at the waist. The skirt ends just below the knee, and is hemmed with a bias-tape hem.
This is a digital download pattern.  You get several documents in a zip file; detailed and streamlined instructions, printing instructions and the pattern pages in  print-at-home A4 size or copy shop A0.  As I don't know anywhere nearby to print the copy shop version I printed off the 28 A4 pages and stuck them together.  The pattern matched up well and it didn't take long to stick it all together, but I would rather trace off a burda pattern any day.
 The fabric I used is Liberty Lantana (80% cotton, 20% wool) Ayse/Blue.  It has a lovely feel to it and it was on special from The Fabric Store which makes it even better.
 Notions used:  Thread, interfacing, 23cm invisible zip,  2.5cm wide bias binding for the hem - I used 2m, the pattern suggests 3.2m for all sizes, and 1 dome as I didn't have a skirt hook and I couldn't be bothered doing a buttonhole.

I didn't make any alterations.  My waist measurement was between size 40 and 42 so I went with size 40 and it fits fine.  The sewing instructions are good, though I didn't follow them closely.  I liked the method used to hem the skirt with bias binding and luckily I managed to find enough binding in my stash.  I probably could shorten the skirt as I'm a few cms short of the 170cm height the pattern is designed for but I'm lazy so that probably won't happen.

 I only finished the skirt today so haven't worn it much yet but so far I like it and I might make another one.  I like the look of the historical version where the pleats aren't sewn down so maybe I'll make that version.

The Details in brief
Pattern:  Scroop Patterns The modern Fantail Skirt.
Fabric:  Liberty Lantana Ayse/Blue
Changes made:  None, I made size 40
Recommend: Yes

Wash Cloths

Loom: Ashford rigid heddle 
Yarn for warp & weft: Linen cotton slub from DEA yarns 
                                       (linen 40% cotton 60%, 2/8Nm = 2ply)
Sett: 8 (20 epi), used two 10dpi (40/10cm) heddles
ppcm: worked by eye :)
Finishing: Hot machine wash & drier
Patterns used:
3/1 lace, The weaver's idea book p89

3/1 lace, variation The weaver's idea book p89

 5/1 lace, The weaver's idea book p89

 Combined warp & weft floats,  The weaver's idea book p87