Sunday, 1 October 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, 31 August 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, 21 August 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, 13 July 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

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

17 May 2017

 We had a challenge at our Spinners & Weavers Group retreat to create a wallhanging referencing the design of a cloak with a border and ties at the neck.  The main body was knitted using a strand of flax/harakeke and in my case jute.

The border was woven using a simple outdoor loom made of yarn tensioned between tent pegs stuck in the ground ( I really thought there'd be a photo of something like that on the internet but I can't find one).  Anyway here's my border fresh off the loom, these are all bits of plant from my garden.

 And then I brought it home and played with it a bit more, added some more stuff to the top (bits of actual harakeke flowers and flowers made from harakeke leaves. Then I joined the knitting and the border together and attached it to a stick so I could hang it up.

Finally I added some harakeke seed pods to the bottom, which seem to have an infinite number of seeds in them.

And now it hangs on a bedroom door casually dropping harakeke seeds below.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

13 May 2017

 I have a new loom, an Ashford Jack loom.  It was my birthday present.. For a couple of weeks the boxes lay on the dining room floor, then I finally unpacked it and started the assembly.

 And then it was a couple more weeks before I finally warped it up and started weaving.

The yarn is a cotton/rayon mix that I bought because it was cheap and I wanted something to practice with.  It came in two colours, navy and a sandy colour which I overdyed.  The resulting colours are what you end up with when you use dye solutions that are past their use-by-date, that's to day nothing like what was expected but at least it means that they're unique.

The pattern is a 2/2 twill uneven vertical zigzag, I didn't want to try anything too complicated as it was my first time using a floor loom.

And to finish, here's a photo of my lovely assistant.

April 2017

Love this seaweed, a pop of colour amongst the browns and greens.