Thursday, December 24, 2015

I just want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

the mossy woods blanket is finished

The next one will be one piece on the loom. I'm still trying to figure that out. I have the article, but I need to try it. :)

This is nearly the last of the acrylic yarn. I'm ready for wool now, I think.


mossy blanket - finished

mossy blanket part 2

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

mossy woods blanket

This is my most largest project to date. I do love weaving.

This is my first time using a warping board. I liked it much better than the direct warping method. I felt that I had more control over tension and it takes up so much less room.

I learned this method from Angela Tong's Rigid Heddle Weaving classes on Craftsy. I use a different loom than she does, so I modified my Ashford rigid heddle loom by tying the permanent apron rod down and then adding a removable dowel. This way I don't have the added step of cutting and tying each of the warp threads to the back apron rod. I'm not in a hurry, really, but I don't want to be slow either. :D

I've used almost the entire width of my 32" loom. I'll do two of these at 90" - 100" long for a blanket / throw. I'll be sewing these together.

The next time I try a blanket, I'll be using both heddles and weaving two sides of the blanket at once. - at least that's the plan!

I'm just using some yarn that I'd bought 'just because'. It's acrylic. I'd like to work with  more natural fibers in the future. I'm much more confident thanks to Angela's class!

mossy woods blanket part 1

mossy woods blanket part 1

This looks messy, but it isn't. Everything is tied together and secure.
mossy woods blanket part 1

mossy woods blanket part 1

This yarn is a bit ridiculous, I think. But that's what's fun about it.
boucle yarn for mossy blanket

Saturday, October 31, 2015

the finished curtain

It doesn't look stable, but it is. I didn't like it while working on it, but I do now. I wanted to use up some yarn and I did. yay

This would make a great shawl if made from a softer yarn. Silk would drape wonderfully.

cotton curtain

cotton curtain

cotton curtain

DSCN1326

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

open weave curtain / hanging

It's a very open weave experiment. It should be stable enough for a curtain.

There are five picks of plain weave and then a leno.

I also am hoping to use up yarn here and not need to buy more. :)

Monday, October 26, 2015

weaving, crocheting for the kitchen

handwoven cotton tea towels:

There are a lot of imperfections, mistakes, miss-weavings and so on, but I'm thrilled with the result. I'm going to try some black and white stripes now.

This is using two 12.5 dent reeds so I will have 25 epi. It's still a little open, but it should close up once it's off the loom and washed.

I'm really excited by this, it's something I've wanted to do for years.

The yarn is 8/2 cotton in cream and red from thewoolery.com

handwoven cotton tea towel

handwoven cotton tea towel

Crochet:

I love pot holders. I love to make them as much as I love to look at them. these bobble stitches are fun.
I also love the bordered tea towels. I remember my grandmother having these.

pink & green and black & white woven tea towel, crochet bobble and border

pink & green crochet bobble and border

black & white woven tea towel, crochet bobble and border

Friday, October 16, 2015

the heart of darkness less traveled

aka, second fabric from the ashford loom

I'm experimenting with the camera and the loom. :)

The yarn is acrylic that I gathered and / or received from various places. I'm not nuts about the color scheme, but I really need to experiment and this was a nice cost effective way.

The size is ~30" x ~68". As you can see, like the "heart of darkness", I've made this a sort of sampler.This one I think of "the heart of darkness less traveled". Partly because I used some of the same yarns from "heart of darkness" and partly because I don't know why.

I love leno and plan to make a curtain this winter using natural and off white colors.

The warp is acrylic crochet thread in a size 5. I didn't even know they made crochet thread in acrylic. That will teach me to assume things! It wasn't bad, though.

heart of darkness less traveled

heart of darkness less traveled

heart of darkness less traveled

heart of darkness less traveled

heart of darkness less traveled

heart of darkness less traveled

heart of darkness less traveled

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

plain weave on the new loom

The yarn is KFI Koala and is a blend of cotton, bamboo, linen & silk. I used the 7.5 dent reed for this and got a nice loose weave. I should have warped it longer. It's only 47" long. But it's nice and wide at 20".

The yarn is variegated at regular intervals so the scarf has a bit of a pattern.

This loom was so nice to warp. It's always true what they say about better equipment.

I really enjoyed this project. The new loom is so much easier to warp.

It’s a loose weave and very soft.

I plan on weaving many more projects in the near future.

Ultimately I want to weave tea towels with double heddles using 8/2 cotton. I’d like to try 16/2 cotton when I’ve got more experience.


plainweave on the new loom

plainweave on the new loom

plainweave on the new loom

plainweave on the new loom

plainweave on the new loom

plainweave on the new loom

plainweave on the new loom

plainweave on the new loom

Sunday, October 04, 2015

ashford rigid heddle loom 32"

It's waxed, polished, assembled and ready to be warped. I have the double heddle kit, two 12.5 dent reeds and will be thrilled if I can successfully weave at 25 epi.

But first I'm going to use the 7.5 dent reed to get some practice. I find weaving to be difficult. But I'll get there...


32" ashford rigid heddle loom

Monday, September 28, 2015

safari friends by sandy chidester

Via Flickr:

I've finally finished the zebra (punda milia). I rather enjoyed these. I'm not good at this, but they are so cute anyway. :)

Pattern at http://www.knittingatknoon.com/FSsafarifriends.html

safari friends

Friday, September 04, 2015

extra granny square pillow

The pillow is made of natural color medium weight linen. I even made a fold over closure. I still need to add a button. :)

The squares are of more than one color because I wanted to use all of the beautiful color grown yarn.

These are the granny squares that were left over from this: afghan.

extra granny square pillow

extra granny square pillow

extra granny square pillow

extra granny square pillow


extra granny square pillow

Thursday, September 03, 2015

mini trees

I love mini. I like tiny, too, but that's a bit more challenging. :) I like to do these trees in white or cream. It reminds me of snow. They are about 4 1/2 and 6 inches.

This is another great thing to use up little quantities of yarns.

Free pattern here

mini crochet trees

mini crochet trees

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

sixteen tiny pumpkins in a basket

The project and patterns I used are here on my ravelry and at the end of this post. I rather like small things and these were nice, easy and fast. I wanted quantity. :)
The smallest pumpkins are slightly larger in diameter than a quarter.

sixteen pumpkins in a basket

sixteen pumpkins in a basket

Round Baskets, mini-pumpkins (three sizes and shapes) and a slightly larger mini-pumpkin.