Monday, 28 November 2016

Origami Bag

It's been a while but I finally warped up my rigid heddle loom and did a bit of weaving.

Yarn: Handspun and dyed, unsure of breed but probably alpaca, very hairy alpaca which is why I'm using it for a bag and not a scarf.
 Sett: 3
Warp length: 2 m
Number of ends: 132
Finished width: 40 cm
Finished length: 151 cm

Warp: 2 white, 1 coloured
Weft: 1 coloured, 1 white 

Warp: 2 white, 1 coloured
Weft: 1 coloured, 2 white 

Bag pattern as mentioned in this post azuma-bukuro-bag
Fabric dimensions: 1.2m  x 0.4m 
Lined with fabric from an old sheet.

Sunday, 3 July 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, 4 June 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, 1 January 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.