Friday, April 3, 2020

Renditions

On Monday, March 31st (and some of Sunday, the 30th), I spent most of the day trying to get a tapestry ready for the ATA Renditions show.. originally I wasn't going to enter, but when I found out they weren't going to do a physical show, just an online show, I thought, hey, why not, and I started my tapestry on Sunday... crazy, right?? It's about 5" by 7" and I used a C. Cactus loom...

I wasn't sure what I was going to weave at first, I started out with some handspun singles, which I bundled into 3 strands, and started playing with some wedge-weave-style techniques. I decided to base the piece on the song Little Boxes by Malvina Reynolds...

Malvina Reynolds - Little Boxes
Little boxes on the hillside, Little boxes made of tickytacky
Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes all the same
There's a green one and a pink one and a blue one and a yellow one
And they're all made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same.

There's also a small section inspired by the Rolling Stones song "Paint It Black"...

I had trouble finishing the last few rows, and found out in my Ravelry Tapestry Weaving group that I should have woven a few rows from the top down to make it easier to get those last few rows in! I'll try that next time!

I ended up making a hem at the top...



More information about the tapestry:

Sett: 10 wpi
Warp: Jaggerspun wool warp
Weft: varying yarns, mostly handspun, some Jaggerspun Zephyr wool-silk/wool.

Some of the yellow was handspun on a spindle on the 31st... took 20 minutes. It had a LOT of live twist, even when I put 2 strands together, but seems to have settled well on the piece.

I did some wedge weave (for the hills and sky), and soumak for the top & bottom.

Some Little Boxes videos:


Friday, January 24, 2020

Rustic Log Looms!

We have new looms coming to the website soon! They are I-shaped, and come in 5 or 8 dent, in 3 different sizes: 4" by 6", 4" by 9" and 8" by 10". Custom sizes are available as well. Email me if you'd like one before I get them on the website.





The last photo has a weaving in progress with a 4" weaving needle. I'm using an emery board to hold a place for one shed... a shed stick, a double pointed knitting needle, a bamboo stick, popsicle stick, and other things would all work for this purpose. I like the emory board because it's light and can open the shed a little bit. I discovered it when I was on the plane last spring and realized that I didn't have any crochet hooks,shed sticks or bamboo sticks with me. The only thing I could find that would work for the purpose was an emery board! If I'm using a crochet hook, I don't need anything to change the shed she since I can pick the shed with either end of my crochet hook...

I've also been spinning in the Spin Off Mitt-along



I'm spinning using the POF (ply on the fly) method: I'm spinning the singles "Z" and chain plying "S".  I'll do another blog post about this soon!

I'll be starting another spindle for the other mitten. Stay tuned to find out what pattern I decide to use for my mittens!



Happy Weaving & spinning, etc.!