Monday, September 2, 2013

REP Projects - From the Vavstuga Class I attended in July 2013 - part 3

Dawn's Rug
4 shafts / 4 blocks

REP RUG
Finished, hemmed measurements: 43” x 23.5"

WARP: 8.2 Bockens Cotton
WEFT: Mixi Stranggarn (String Yarn) and Borgs 8/2 cotton
LOOM: Glimakra 47” 4 shaft, counter balance 
number of warp ends: 1544
width in reed: 25” (64centimeters)
REED: 60 dents in 10 cm - 2 per heddle, 4 per dent 
24 EPC

Monday, August 5, 2013

REP Projects - From the Vavstuga Class I attended in July 2013 - part 2

REP - 4 Blocks on 8 Shafts - Version 2


REP - 4 Blocks on 8 Shafts

REP Runner - 4 Blocks on 8 Shafts
Warp: 16/2 cotton
Weft:  Mini Stranggarn (String Yarn)
Total Warp Ends: 1608 
Warp Width: 17.71”
Finished, Hemmed Size: 17.5” x 34.75

Friday, August 2, 2013

REP Projects - From the Vavstuga Class I attended in July 2013 - part 1


Blue and White REP Runner - White Side
Close up of the white side of the Runner
Blue and White REP Runner - White Side
White side of the Runner 
Blue and White REP Runner - Blue Side
Close up of the Blue Side of the Runner
Blue and White REP Runner - Blue Side
Blue Side of the Runner
WARP: 8.2 Bockens Cotton
WEFT:  Mini Stranggarn (String Yarn) and Borgs 8/2 cotton
LOOM: Glimakra 4 shaft, counter balance
Number of warp ends: 992
Finished, hemmed measurements: 32.5”” x 21.25”

Friday, June 14, 2013

Lunatic Fringe Color Spectrum Towels


Lunatic Fringe Towels
Fabric on Loom
174" x19" - just off loom
Off loom - not yet washed
Finished Fabric 157" x 17.5"
finished Fabric waiting to be cut apart and hemmed.


The Tubular Spectrum is a set of 20 yarns in a spectrum of colors based on Munsell's color system.  Munsell was an American painter, and in 1905 he published a color system that uses 5 colors as the primary colors: Red, Yellow, Blue, Green and Purple.  By using his color system, we developed
the Tubular Spectrum.
Draft From:  A Weaver’s Book of 8 Shaft Patterns - Breaks and Recesses: Page 17, draft #47

EPI:  28
Total Warp Ends:  564
Width in reed:  20.14"
Warp length:  6 yards
Heddle Count:  shafts 1-8 = 70 heddles on each

Weaving Width:  19.5"
On loom measurements: 181" x 19.5"
Off loom measurements: 174" x 19"
Washed measurements:  157.5" x 17.5"
Finished, hemmed measurements:  Fabric is still waiting to be cut apart and hemmed into towels.

Lunatic Fringe Napkins


LF Napkins
Warp being wound
Breaks and Recesses
Washed and ready to be cut apart into napkins
Warp and Weft:  Lunatic Fringe 10/2 cotton.
Color Order: (the numbers in front of the color are part of the color name)
10 Purple Blue
5 Purple Blue
10 Blue
5 Blue
10 Blue Green
5 Blue Green
10 Green
5 Green
10 Green
5 Blue Green
10 Blue Green
5 Blue
10 Blue
5 Purple Blue
10 Purple Blue

Draft From:  A Weaver’s Book of 8 Shaft Patterns Breaks and Recesses: Page 17, draft #47
EPI:  28
Total Warp Ends: 420
Width in reed: 15"
Warp length:  4 yards
Off loom measurements
(Before Washing): 86" x 14.25
(After Washing): 79" x 13"
Finished, hemmed measurements: Still need to cut apart and hem - this will be added at a later date

Monday, April 29, 2013

2013 Sturgeon Spawn in Central Wisconsin

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During mid-April to early May, Lake Sturgeon travel upstream to their spawning grounds, giving the public a prime opportunity to see these ancient fish up close.  Jim and I took advantage of this yearly event and spent much of today in Shiocton WI watching them along with 100's of others.  We saw at least 200 of them today all along the rocky shoreline. 
Sturgeon spawning is dependent on water temperature and flow. During seasons when water flow is high and water temperatures rise slowly, spawning begins when water temperature reaches 53 degrees Fahrenheit. In contrast, during seasons of low water flow and more rapid water temperature rise, spawning does not begin until water temperatures reach 58-59 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Wisconsin DNR was there also - tagging 61 of these Sturgeon today.  While we were there they were netting ones that measured between 59 to 67 inches.  One of the Wardens told us that the biggest sturgeon that he has tagged was 8 feet long!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Lattice Scarves


Lattice Scarves
Lattice Scarves - Pattern from Weaver’s magazine, issue 44 Summer 1999
16 shaft draft 
2 scarves
Left Scarf: Steel Warp - Black Weft 
Right Scarf: Steel Warp - Grey Blue Weft
Number of Warp Ends: 192 = 2 FS (doubled) 
Warp Length: 6.5 yards 
EPI: 20 
PPI: 18 
Width in reed: 9.6” 
Weaving Width: 9.25”
Warp: Steel 
Weft Scarf 1: Black 
Weft Scarf 2: Grey Blue
Black on Grey:
  • On loom Measurements: 87” x 9”
  • Before Washing: 82.25” x 9” - Fringe to Knot: 5.5”
  • Damp: 80” x 9” 
  • Dried and pressed: 78.5” x 8.75”
Blue on Grey:
  • On loom Measurements: 85” x 9”
  • Before Washing: 81” x 9” - Fringe to Knot: 5.5”
  • Damp: 77” x 8.75 
  • Dried and pressed: 76” x 8.75”
Wet Finishing: 
Soak in warm sudsy (mild wool soap) with light hand agitatin for 30 minutes 
hand rinse and spin in washer 
lay flat to dry

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

2 Block Turned Twill Towels


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Drafts from: A Weaver's Book of 8 Shaft Patterns, #164, 165, 166
I had a mystery 3 yard all white cottolin warp (572 ends only thru the lease sticks holding the cross - wound at 20 EPI)) that came on a new to me loom. I rough sleyed the ends thru the reed at 20 EPI, pulled it forward and rewound back on. Then looked for a draft that would work with what I had available, that would get me a few towels instead of cutting it off and throwing it away. It was a quick 1 shuttle weave.


Warp: 22/2 Cottolin (already on a loom I purchased) 
Weft: 22/2 Cottolin (using up partial tubes in my stash) 
Warp Length: 3 yards
8 Shaft Weave
Width in Reed: 23.5” 
Weaving Width: 22.75” 
Woven length on loom: 34” 
EPI: 24 
Number of Warp Ends: 558 + 2 FS
Hemmed, before washing measurements: 32” x 22.25” 
Washed and final measurements: 27” x 20”
loss of 20% in length 
loss of 11% in width

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

On a cold snowy day - I wound warps!


LF Napkins
Lunatic Fringe 10/2 cotton.
Color Order: 

(the numbers in front of the color are part of the color name)
10 Purple Blue
5 Purple Blue
10 Blue
5 Blue
10 Blue Green
5 Blue Green
10 Green
5 Green
10 Green
5 Blue Green
10 Blue Green
5 Blue
10 Blue
5 Purple Blue
10 Purple Blue
LF Napkins
Blues and Greens
Draft Info for Both sets of Napkins:

A Weaver’s Book of 8 Shaft Patterns 
Breaks and Recesses: Page 17, draft #47
EPI: 28
Total Warp Ends: 420
Width in reed: 15
Warp length: 4 yards
Heddle Count:
1 - 53
2 - 53
3 - 53
4 - 53
5 - 52
6 - 52
7 - 52
8 - 52

LF Napkins
Lunatic Fringe 10/2 cotton.
Color Order: 

(the numbers in front of the color are part of the color name)
5 Purple
10 Purple
5 Red Purple
10 Red Purple
5 Red
10 Red
5 Yellow Red
10 Yellow Red
5 Yellow Red
10 Red
5 red
10 Red Purple
5 Red Purple
10 Purple
5 Purple
LF Napkins 2
Reds, oranges, purples.
Both Napkin warps were wound this morning. The blue / green warp is beamed and ready to be threaded on the new Ideal, which will be it's maiden project. The initial loom adjustments and tweaking will be necessary before weaving can commence.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Finally, in what seems like forever, I'm back out in the Studio weaving!


Lattice Draft
Draft From: Weaver’s magazine, issue 44 Summer 1999
#1
Steel Warp - Grey Blue Weft
16 shaft draft
2 scarves

Warp and Weft:  Valley Yarns 2/10 Merino Tencel (Colrain Lace)

Number of Warp Ends:  192 = 2 FS (doubled)
Warp Length: 6.5 yards
EPI: 20
PPI: 18
Width in reed: 9.6"
Weaving Width: 9.25"

How the Linen mangling was done.


White on White linen
It's so difficult to capture the sheen, luster and hand of these bleached linen on natural cotton towels. I was able to have them mangled at The Wool Gatherer's and watching the transformation of the cloth was unbelievable!
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Fabric prior to mangling - It's very hard to even see the design in the cloth. 

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Here is a photo of the mangle used.
sara operating the mangle
Sara (the owner of the Wool Gatherers) in the process of mangling the cloth.  Notice her jacket - she wove the fabric for it!
coming off the mangle
My towel fabric coming off the mangle.