Sunday, March 9, 2014

Dish Towel Samples: Part 1

I see that is has been two years since I posted anything...I've been weaving and knitting during that time but doing a whole lot of other stuff too!

My weaving guild has a study group this year that is doing a dish towel exchange.  I joined mainly because I wanted to get a cool dish towel  and because I already had a finger tip towel warp threaded through the reed (but not the heddles) on my big loom – it’s been sitting there for about a year.  Sometimes life’s events just get in the way of threading heddles.

The warp is 8/2 cotton in a mix of green shades.  I had to add more warp threads to each side to get it to a dish towel width but that was easy to do. But I used up about all the greens that I had.

Undecided about what colors to use in the weft, I asked on Ravelry’s Warped Weavers Marketplace forum for small samples of greens and purples…7 weavers were kind enough to send me more than 20 different shades of 8/2 with just one duplicate.  They also sent some other colors in different weights.  I really appreciated this as it will let me decide what color combinations work best before investing in spools of cotton.

Today I transferred all the samples to bobbins, closed my eyes and picked 7 bobbins for my first sample, numbering the bobbins as I pulled them from the basket.  To get the weft color order, I used a permutation generator for 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 which gave me thousands of permutations.  I picked 15 permutations  at random from the list.  Then using an Excel spreadsheet I matched the permutations to part of the Fibonacci sequence of 1,2,3,5,8,13,21,13,8,5,3,2,1.

And that’s as far as I got today.  Still threading heddles!  I hope to finish and tie on this week.  My first sample will be in a waffle weave.  Below are the 8/2 cotton samples my Ravelry friends shared with me.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Finger Tip Towels

Here are some bathroom finger tip towels that I wove in a bumberet structure with a random warp.  The stripe effect is from the bumberet.  Except for the reddish/pink/blue towel in the middle, these are from the same warp with different weft colors.

The colors I used (8/2 cotton) are based on this Hawaiian watercolor -- also in my bathroom.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Warp Rep Weaving Class...

Last weekend I took a 3-day class from Rosalie Neilson on weaving warp rep on an 8-harness table loom.  Today I wove off the last little bit of the warp and my sampler is done!  Doing this type of weaving on my baby table loom was a little challenging since I can't beat the weft into place very hard.  Ralph got some steel rods to insert in the handle of the reed which did help.  Next time I do warp rep weaving, it's going to be on my big floor loom and I can really wack the weft threads into place.  And now for some photos...


Sunday, January 1, 2012

A Day in the Life of Looms 2012

The Day in the Life of Looms is something started by Meg in New Zealand.  Each New Year's Day weavers post what is on their looms. 

LeClerc Fanny is ready for a new scarf warp to get tie-on. 

Zooey the Fireside loom has a warp using leftover knitting yarns.  About 30 inches done.

Cherry Pie, the Norwood Loom, has a small scarve on it.  About 8 inches done.

A doubleweave project on my table loom -- all the action is on the other side of the warp.  However, it isn't turning out the way I expected so I am going to do a different double weave with the rest of the warp.

The start of a project on my Navajo loom...but it has been at this level for 6 months!


Wednesday, August 31, 2011

P2P2: The Big Reveal

Here are my P2P2 photos from Esmae, who lives in Australia. 
I did 2 P2P2 projects...the first one I was naturally drawn to by the colors and the blue and white transferware in the photo (I love blue and white china).  I used some hand dyed red boucle from Just Our Yarns and boucle from Weaving Works in Seattle.  I really love how it turned out.

Here's a close up:

But this project was pretty "safe" colorwise.  So I decided to do one more P2P2 project that would move me out of my comfort color zone (and use up some stash cottons that had been gifted to me).  Orange is not a color I like.  Back in my marketing manager days, my team knew if they showed me any creative with orange in it, it was likely not to get approved.  :-)

I divided the photo selected into three components -- using waffle weave on the two ends to imitate the little circles and bumberette in the center, 'cause I just love to weave it.  These are kitchen towels.

Here are the componets:

Here's the close up:

Thanks to Meg for taking the time to organize this challenge and to keep us moving toward our big reveals!  And thanks to Esmae for the wonderful photos.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

And now the sewing...

Finished with section 2 and 3 of the P2P2 project this morning.  Left is the middle part (section 2) of the art work.  I used nearly all the orange I had left for the weft and the pattern was Bumberet.   This kitchen towel has odd dimensions because it followed waffle weave towels with have a lot of take up to created the little waffles.  Off the loom it is nearly square.

For the top part of the art work, I used waffle weave again, with lots of orange, yellows and a little blue for the weft.  (Shown on the right).

So here they are before washing -- and remember, as Laura Fry says "the magic is in the water."

This is all I'm going to show of these towels before the "reveal" in Sept.  I'm thinking of doing one more P2P2 color study, if time allows -- or maybe even later in the fall.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Another P2P2 Weaving Project...

After I finished my first P2P2 project I realized that it was very much like a scarf I wove a few years I hadn't stepped out of my comfort zone.  Now I'm working on second project, based on the photo on the left.  Note it has a lot of orange.  I'm not a fan of orange clothing, no orange in my home.  Not an orange person.  Actually I must be an orange purist -- I think orange should be left in nature (flowers, fruit and sunsets).  And I only have one cone of a muted orange cotton that was given to me with a whole much of other cones.

First I looked at the texture of the fabric at the photo.  All the little circles remind me of waffle weave.  So I warped my loom for 3 dish towels  and divided the photo into thirds and rotated the bottom third. Now the dots rather line up as warp threads and the reds, blues and other colors can be weft threads.  I didn't include an orange in the warp.  When I do the middle towel I want to use what orange cotton that I do have.  And I haven't decided if the middle towel will be a waffle weave or something else.  Here you will find photos of the warp and what I have woven so far.  More to come.