This rich, vibrant colour combination was inspired by my daughter who is now a young adult- who is passionate about social issues and dives right into whatever she does in life.
When I offered to weave her a scarf for the cold winter months at university, she immediately said ‘yes please-red please’
I loved weaving these variegated stripes of crimson, red, rust, hot pink, burgundy, teal, gold.
There were four slightly different scarves made from the same warp length. One went to my daughter, so now there are three left – one here, one at the Little Beehive Co-op and the another at the Wow gallery, Nelson. Made from soft natural fibres -merino, alpaca, silk and cotton – plus a little bit of man made yarn for some sparkle.
I’ve been working on a couple of new looms sizes recently.
The first one is a bit bigger than my usual looms. I’m hoping they will be good for blanket squares – and for weaving these – my new favourite and very useful cotton/linen dishcloths.
So far so good. And fun too!
I also made some tiny fine-gauge looms. They were a special order for a customer who wanted to weave very small squares using sock yarn. I’m going to grab some four-ply cotton and weave a few re-usable make up remover ‘scrubbies’ with mine 🙂
These should all be available in my Etsy shop soon but do message me if you’re interested in pre-ordering.
This week I sat at the loom with a box of colourful bobbins on the bench next to me. I’ve been weaving some rich, patterned stripes as I near the end of the Autumn warp length. It’s really fun picking each colour to weave next…
I’ll post again once this length is finished and made into some cosy infinity scarves.
First scarf being woven today on the autumn warp.
I was heading towards the end of this indigo blue cotton warp…. but there wasn’t quite enough to weave another scarf…..so I finished it with a set of washcloths.
Soft, simple and useful.
I am sharing my weavers notes here, in case anyone would like to have a go at making something similar. They would make great eco-friendly gifts, especially if teamed up with a nice hand-made soap.
- 3 ply denim cotton.
- Total of 173 ends (width approx 8.5inches by 1m/1.15yards long – this was the end of a warp).
- Sett at 20 ends per inch (10’s reed with 2 warp ends per dent).
- Herringbone threading plan (see diagram below)
- a mixture of 4 ply and 8 ply cotton and linen,
- woven in a 2/2 Twill (sometimes reversed to weave diamonds)
- 12-16 picks per inch depending on which weft yarn was used.
- Each cloth was woven 11-12 inches long on the loom but did shrink a bit when washed.
- I added a fine plain weave turnover seam at the top and bottom of each washcloth using 2/20’s cotton weft. And a crochet chain tie in one corner to hang them up to dry.
Loom – Four shaft Ashford table loom, with a direct tie up pedal stand. This is the thread up pattern I used.
Having a little play on my new tapestry loom. I’ve been working on this weaving frame for quite a while – trying to get it just right. It’s pretty fun and I hope to have it available in my Etsy shop soon.
Wishing you have a happy week.
Here’s a very small woven wall decoration I made for a wee corner of the studio. I improvised with my square loom plus some scraps of thick wool and cotton. It was really fun and quick to weave.
I also wove some small squares to use as make up remover wipes. They are made of machine washable organic cotton which is sooo soft and gentle.
Lastly, some tree decorations. Squares folded in half diagonally and stitched into triangle shapes. Glue a cinnamon stick inside and stitch a sparkly star on the top.
Both these little looms are available from my Etsy shop here.
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