Tuesday, December 15, 2015

52" of Pretty

It's done. My first table runner made with 10/2 perle cotton using an overshot threading and a 2/2 twill treadling. 

Sounds like I know what I'm talking about, doesn't it?!  Ha!!  Fake it till you make it, baby!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Endings and Beginnings

I spent much of the weekend finishing (or almost finishing projects. One of the most interesting was finishing the fractal scarf. 

A few weeks ago I started an experiment with fractal spinning (http://www.knitnmore.blogspot.com/2015/11/spinning-fractally.html?m=1). I finally finished the fractal scarf and now you can see the effects of the spinning technique on the finished project. I'm loving it. 
Can you see how the frequency and patter of the stripes changes?  This photo makes it look like the scarf is fuzzy but the mats just the way the plying blended the colors. Interesting, no?

I also finished my spider-studied bobbin lace project. As expected, there are lots of errors but that's fine. 

Now that I have a feel for things, I can make it again and go for a usable piece. I had a lot of fun with it and the magic threads I used to start worked perfectly so that was a win. 

I've got the next project started but don't have all the bobbins worked in yet. More on that when I get it a little further on. 

Since I'd finished or got projects to a point that I would have to think too hard, I turned last night to a weaving project I've had in the loom since the Robin Spady workshop in the spring. I had a really long warp on the table loom and after I'd done the workshop and a couple of other projects, I decided to do a table runner using the overshot warp with a twill weft using the same thread. I don't always get these things right with weaving but I think I nailed this one. 

I only have about 8 inches more of usable warp left which will be about an hour's worth of work so I should be able to get it off the loom tonight. I love the pattern made by mixing the warp and weft styles.   

I'm not sure how long it will be but it should be at least 40-50 inches (I'm guessing since I didn't keep track). I'll have to see if some of the early part will need to be cut off. We'll know more tonight.