In the beginning, my intention was to try a waffle weave fabric. However, after visiting my guild and borrowing the book, “The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory” by Anne Dixon, my plans changed. I had already wound an 8/2 cotton warp but had not yet dressed the loom. I mentioned my waffle plan to a guild member, she mentioned that it had a lot of shrinkage after taking it off the loom. Because I’m terrified of running out of thread, I had only warped for a 16″ wide fabric, what would it be if it shrank after taking it off the loom? I decided to thread a simple twill and try some new techniques, specifically beating on an open shed, changing the shed then beating again, improving my selvedges and trying out the Anne Dixon selvage method. I also played with different weights of thread and treading.
When I realized I was weaving denim fabric, I decided to put in a few lines of gold stitching. Below are the results, please forgive the wrinkles.
This fabric is destined to be zippy pouches as it’s only 13″ wide, I lost 3″ from pull-in. The next cotton or tencel warp needs to be at least 20″ wide.
After ogling all the gorgeous Chanel fabrics (from Maison Lesage) on Pinterest, I thoughtfully created my warp and chose beads, buttons, silk ribbons, cotton lace and hand spun wool yarn for the weft, it took me almost a week to weave this mixed media scarf (modeled by my good friend, SewTara). I have another warp waiting it’s turn.
Swinging in the completely opposite direction, I chose to weave a classic pattern, herringbone, with hits of contrasting colour.
Needing some vibrancy, I warped the loom yet again with bright gem tone hand spun wool yarns.
I barely got it off the loom and it sold immediately when posted on Facebook!
Currently on my loom is more herringbone. The yarn was spun from Canadian Shetland (black), Est de Laine & Polypay (white). My plan is to felt the fabric and make a bag, I have 3 yards warped so lots of fabric for straps as well.
They say there are three kinds of weavers; pattern, colour and both.
I think I’m a colour weaver. I recently planned another place mat project in natural white and blue cotton threads. I planned it, warped it then started weaving. I had two threading errors so lost a lot of warp fixing it.
I quickly grew bored of the same colours and pattern and lost my place in treadling. I’ve discovered that I’m much more excited by colour, and lots of it! I mean I guess I already knew that but it really hit me with this project. I derive so much joy from weaving my hand dyed, hand spun, multi-coloured scarves. I love taking them off the loom and giving them a big squishy hug!
My next weaving project may be a throw using whatever handspun I have in my stash regardless of colour or texture and just plain weave, which I also love.