Monday, June 22, 2009

Two Older Projects

Yesterday my mom dropped of two of my older projects when we took my dad out to dinner. Both of these were gifts that I gave her. I did not take pictures of them originally, so I took the opportunity to do it now

A Scarf:
And a Table Runner:
If I am remembering correctly, I think this table runner was the first thing that I ever made on my loom. I also made some horrible place mats on the same warp - I still have them, but will not put pictures up. 

Napkin 2

I don't like this one as much as the first. I think primary colors were a bad choice. Up close the basket weave looks pretty good. But from any distance it just looks muddy. Maybe once they are all folded it will calm down.
I planned to make 3 pairs of napkins on this warp with a little left over for playing around. And I only have one pair to go. It is almost disappointing how fast the actual weaving goes compared to dressing the loom.
I have been trying very hard not to touch the selvedges and improve my throwing technique. I'm pretty happy with myself so far.

Napkin 1

I started weaving!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Warping in Slow Motion

Through the reed and onto that front beam. I have officially completed warping-on with a never-before-used method. And while I'm sure it seemed like super slow motion to those of you watching from home, I actually think it went faster than usual. 
In the past I have always used a somewhat elastic cord to tie the warp onto the front beam (a picture of which can be seen in this previous post). This time, I did not. 
I am currently letting it sit for a while to see if the tension will even out between all these knots, as I have been led to believe that it will. I only went back and re-tied a few. But I can't keep that up, or I'll be re-tying all day in an attempt at perfectly even tension. I figure that this will work out, because this is how I used to tie onto my back beam, and I've never really had tension problems there. 
Now I can finally start weaving. And I'm just heading into my weekend. How nice will it be to wake up to this warp, all ready to go?

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Unfolding the Loom

Heddles are finished. 
Loom still folded up:

Loom unfolded:
Success!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Bamboo Huck Lace Baby Blanket

Here is the finished baby blanket. This first picture is a little blurry. I washed it by hand in warm water and it softened up nicely. I've heard that bamboo is dry clean only, but I've also heard that the more it is washed, the softer it will get. I'm tempted to throw it in the washer to see what happens. I figure anything that is going to be around a baby shouldn't be too precious to throw in a washer.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A very little progress

I have three days off this week! But I am not spending them weaving, because I get to share them with my love who has the whole week off.

I have accomplished some things, including starting to thread the heddles for my napkins:

I'm attempting to do this with the loom folded, which brings the warp closer the the heddles. But I wouldn't be able to do this if I were using all 8 shafts because the warp is actually touching the 8th shaft. I'm also not entirely sure what will happen when I unfold the loom. But this project is all about experiments.

In other news, the green huck lace baby blanket has now been washed and is currently drying. Pictures to come.

Yesterday was a lovely day. We visited my parents down in Oregon Wine Country and discovered an excellent yarn store in the tiny town of Carlton, OR: Woodland Woolworks. I knew that it existed but getting to visit in person was very exciting. There are so few physical stores that carry actual looms and cones of yarn. At least that I have come across in the past couple of years in Portland. I was unprepared for my visit, so I only bought a couple cones of 5/2 perle cotton. I will be going back soon.

Now I'm off for a day on the town with Gus.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Yellow!

Yesterday, I was inspired by David at The Weaving Studio, and I decided to take my loom apart, clean it, and oil it. I used Tung Oil, and I think it made a nice difference. But in the process, my loom hurt me! I was oiling the treadles and not paying much attention when my finger snagged on the underside of one of them. I yanked my hand out from under the loom and discovered a huge piece of wood protruding from the tip of my left ring finger. The biggest splinter ever. I called for help because my mind categorized the injury as "impalement" rather than "splinter" and I kind of lost my cool. Gus rushed to my rescue and tried to yank the thing out, but it only broke off. And now I have a gigantic piece of beautifully polished loom wood in my finger. And it hurts! And advice on how to get it the heck out of me?

Despite my serious injury I was able to wind a new warp and beam it on today. I am using a combination of Lynnette's and Margaret's warping methods.
I don't own a raddle, but I do own some craft sticks and masking tape, so this is what I rigged up:
It is far from ideal, but it kept the yarn spaced fairly evenly while I beamed it on.
Yellow is not usually my color, but I like this a lot.
It felt like I spent more time finger combing this warp than I usually had to with my old "front to back" warping method. But I guess that makes sense because it isn't through the reed yet and I don't have a proper raddle. But how do you other folks deal with messes like this?

Monday, June 8, 2009

Good Day

Yesterday was doubly awesome. For one thing, it was Gus and my 1st year anniversary. For a gift, Gus had John Allison, my favorite web comic artist, draw a picture of us:
That makes me unbelievably happy. Super cool! (I am a nerd and I am okay with that)
And then my mother-in-law sent us peonies, which were the primary flower at our wedding. Beautiful!
And on top of awesome anniversary stuff, Gus graduated from his Masters Program! He is so smart!

So, all in all, it was a really good day. It was a chance to reflect on how awesome our wedding was a year ago and to think about how much we have accomplished in the year since.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Not Quite

This is my first time weaving with bamboo. And this 8/2 stuff is pretty difficult. I've been having a lot of trouble with the bobbin. I guess I'm spoiled by Tencel, which winds so smoothly. I'm learning that I can't be too ambitious with the amount that I wind onto a bobbin, and I need to make sure that it goes on very even so that I doesn't get too caught up on itself while I'm weaving. What is worse than feeling the shuttle catch and pull on your selvedges? Gaa, it's like fingernails on a chalk board.
And while this project is not quite what I was expecting, I guess I like how it is turning out. This warp is so short that I'll be done in no time. Heck, I could finish it tonight if eating ice cream with my husband wasn't so much more important.
How does bamboo turn out after washing? I hope I left enough warp to make a little sample with which I can experiment washing methods.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Warped On!

Dear lord, that took a while. But it is officially warped on! I think I'm going to start experimenting with my warping method. I've been reading lots of blogs lately and I noticed Lynnette's Warping Method. I work front to back, starting with the reed. She works back to front, and I think that would save time and materials. I'm not sure that it would work well with my Mighty Wolf, but if I can find a raddle to attach to the castle and an extra rod for the back, I could probably pull it off.

Maybe I'll actually get to weave a little today.