I’ve recently learned from Chris, at Acton Creative, that this week is Weaving and Spinning Week!
How did I not know that?! Heaven knows, after the news of the last couple of weeks, I need something to celebrate . . .
And it seems the perfect excuse to show you what I’ve been working on since the last update.
A long time ago (May, in fact), I showed you this project of two scarves in pink and white while they were still on the loom. It’s a good example of how the weft color changes the overall look.
Let me explain a little—in weaving, the warp is made up of the long threads that are attached to the loom and are vertical when I sit facing the loom. The weft threads are the ones that come out of the shuttle as I weave and are horizontal.
In this project, one scarf is done in just two colors—rosewood and white—for both warp and weft.
The other has those same two colors in the warp but the weft is lighter pink.
Pretty cool, huh?
I’ve sort of been in placemat mode, too. It turns out that buyers like placemats and I like making them. I get the satisfaction of achieving a “finish” pretty quickly since each individual mat is fairly small and quick to weave up, even though the entire project may be on the loom for a while.
I did this pattern in off-white—it uses two weights of thread in both warp and weft, which creates the nice texture.
I liked the results so much that I went ahead and did it again. The second time, I used two shades of blue. The effect is tweedy and interesting.
I keep thinking of other color combinations I could try. Maybe dark brown with the lighter-weight thread in a bright yellow-green? Or bright orange?
And, of course, I’ve made more towels. I wove the striped ones I’ve already shown you and six of these.
And this boring-looking bunch of threads will turn into towels, too. I hope they’ll be more interesting soon!
Some of my projects have been repeats of ones you’ve seen before. I know weavers who never, ever make the same pattern twice because they want to move on to something new. SO much to weave, so little time!
As much as I like new, I do have some favorites and I really like doing them over. (I’m the same way with books—I love re-reading my favorites, as visiting old friends, and will cycle them through my reading every few years.)
So, my weaving re-dos are more of these placemats (buyers like placemats!) I hemmed them this time, instead of leaving fringe. I like the look of the fringe better but it means the mats can’t go into the washer and they are white, after all.
And I making more of these Christmas towels. This shot is a good demonstration, again, of how the weft color can change everything. You can see the unwoven warp on top, then, going around the front, a towel where I’m using white as weft. Underneath the loom, you can see what that same warp looks like when I used red as the weft.
Here’s another view of the red weft and the obligatory photo of the weaver’s apprentice.
And that’s it for this update, with many ideas percolating in my mind! Thanks for celebrating this special week with me!