Category: Handwoven

My Handwoven Top …. done!

Hurray!!! My handwoven top is finished! I think I have a few more grey hairs but I'm relieved to say that my weaving is off the loom, cut and sewn! One of the things I love about the lace weaves is watching the change in the fabric when it is cut off the loom and ...

Weaving progress and Wall to Wall Festival

The weaving for my top is going well.  I'm about half way through and it is looking really good so far.  I've been chipping away at it, half an hour to an hour at a time.  Just enjoying throwing the shuttle back and forth.  Relaxing, almost mesmerizing. Initially, I was having trouble with the lattice ...

Warping Front-to-Back then Back-to-Front

I've had a very trying week warping up the loom for my huck lace top. But like most things, you learn so much when things go bad. This is a warp chain of 700 threads. It is the first time that I've used so many threads for a warp. The most I've used before was ...

Weaving: Huck lace sampler

This summer I'd like to weave and sew a lacy top. One of my first weaving projects as a silk scarf woven in huck lace and plain weave. It was so delicate. I am always intrigued with lace weaves; by how the threads shift once the cloth is off the loom and washed. For my ...

Weaving: Canasta scarf finished

What a difference a little colour makes! My initial sample for this scarf was really dull and lifeless so I've made a couple of changes. Where I had the white & grey stripes, I've added in space dyed yarn - a mixture of deep green with orange and lime highlights. The yarn is quite fine ...

Weaving: Starting a new scarf

After all the work I've been doing on pant drafting, I've decided to start a new weaving project before I try to draft out a pair of jeans. The weaving group is doing a "weaving canasta".  You draw 5 cards from a deck, each with a different weaving requirement.  Then you make something using those ...

Weaving: My rug is finished

Drum-roll please? The rug is off the loom, ends woven in and hemstitched. Yay! And this is what it looks like... The pattern is straight out of Handwoven magazine (May/June 2000) : Caribbean windows rug by Michael Rohde.(4-shaft version).  The reverse colours show on the back Warp : 4ply cotton - lime Weft: Wool rug ...

Iro Jacket Knock-Off: Part 1

I'm working on a knock-off of this jacket by Iro.   Part of the appeal was the waffle fabric.  The fabric I am going to use is hand-woven, a honeycomb weave, to have a similar texture to the original, but not as bulky. The first jacket I tried weaving fabric for, I ended throwing out because ...

Silk Python Scarves

Recently a good friend lent me an 8-shaft table loom for a bit of a play.  I'm normally limited to 4-shafts so I decided to make the most of it.  The scarf pattern, by David Wismar, is the one shown on the cover of  May/June 2015 edition of Handwoven magazine. The draft is #45548 on ...

‘Start with a skein’ SWAP: Finish with a scarf

Since my SWAP wardrobe was inspired by the colours in a skein of yarn, I should show you the finished scarf.  After a few wrong turns learning experiences, the end result was a featherweight scarf that really showed up the colour variations in the dying.  As a recap, this is the skein as I bought ...