My weaving teaches always says that when she makes something, she makes at least two. In the weaving world it totally makes sense: dressing the loom is the same amount of time regardless of whether you have 2 yards of warp or 200 yards. Yes, the time to wind the warp itself is longer with … More Making of: the scarf with flames
I have a book that I treat as THE BOOK. I got it with the loom, and this book is absolutely awesome. It’s called “A handweaver’s pattern book” by Margaret Dvison, and it is full of wonderful patterns that I love making into woven projects. Here is how the book looks inside. This time I … More Crackle weave placemats
Watch the lace transformation with me: in the top frame the lace is on the loom and under tension. It doesn’t look lacy at all. The middle frame shows the same scarf, off the loom but pre-wet finish. The lace started developing as I moved the fabric, finishing the edges, cutting weft overlapping tails, etc. … More The lace transformation
I used to restrict myself to one weaving project at a time. But lately I’ve discovered that it is easier to weave and to start warp for the new project in parallel. Both weaving and winding warp are monotonous. So switching from one to another brakes this monotony.
Finally managed to get in one time and space a bit of sunshine, my goodies, a camera and myself, to tie the pictures of the projects I have finished recently. Here is the link to Etsy posting. I also did a set of bracelets that started their life as ad paraphernalia, but with mohair and … More Yay! New listings in my Etsy shop!
Recently I’ve been asked to weave a scarf. Just a scarf. As plain as it can get: no wild colors, no crazy patterns, no other fancy stuff. Totally boring, from my perspective. But I wanted to do it anyway. And just to amuse myself, I wound a warp for two scarves, and let my creative … More What do you do when you get a boring project?
When I started this scarf in undulating twill, I initially used the main weft in lilac in the same yarn thickness as the tabby weft (same as warp, grey). But the colors are close in hue, so there was not enough contrast and the pattern was lost, diluted. So I doubled the main weft to … More Tinkering with the weft.
Watching the transformation of the woven fabric after wash never stops to amaze me. It is a huge difference in huck and huck lace patterns, but even more so in waffle! Here is a pre- and post-wash pics of my waffle towels.
My mom had 2 sewing machines, and both were old, with missing tools and weird quirks they developed during their work life. I learn how to sew while accommodating their quirks. Fast forward 20 years: I bought my own sewing machine. And every time I use it I think it’s awesome. It is easy to … More Do you have good tools?
And I am not talking about religion here. Ask a weaver this question, and they will understand you immediately. A temple, or a stretcher, is used to prevent the edges of the weaving to curl up while weaving. I don’t like using the temple, as it slows me down, but my current project is so … More Have you used a temple?