Tuesday, November 12, 2019

This is Fun!

The dyepots have been busy. Four weft skeins are dyed, and the two braided bouts. Here they are drying.
When I first looked at the braids, my thought was, "Oh, $h!t. There won't be any ikat patterning in them."

Lo and behold, once I started unbraiding them, the patterning appeared. First, the 3-strand braid, then the 4-strand braid:

 Now, I want to put some chopsticks in the crosses, so I can get a better idea how they will look in the reed.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Thinking Ahead

The towel warp is still giving me fits - I fix one threading error, only to find another. To alleviate frustration, I've begun some advance work on the next scarf warp.

What I have in mind is a combination of solid stripes, braid ikat stripes, and a central panel that uses the Color By Accident technique (ref. Ann Johnston's books), but on warp chains instead of woven cloth. I've tried all these dye methods in the past, and want to combine them in a scarf series.

It has taken a couple of week's-worth of afternoons to do the braid ikat preparation.

The lower loop is traditional three-strand flat braid, made by hand. The upper loop is a 4-strand Kumihimo braid, which has a more tubular shape. Each warp chain was 11 yards long (enough for 4 scarves) before braiding, which is why the task took so long. The two braid styles should produce slightly different resist patterns.

The solid stripes are already dyed,  and the warp chain for the central panel is wound. All that remains is the dye-work for the braids and central panel.

I'll post photos as work progresses. First, I need to get moving on that pesky towel warp...

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Painted Skein

This will go into the Central Coast Weavers annual show & sale. If it doesn't sell, I can see it as a knitted cowl, in the round to take advantage of the color changes. So that may be its next life...

The show & sale begins tomorrow. I hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019


I got sidetracked on the towel project, since it appears I won't get any of them completed (woven, washed, pressed, and hemmed) in time. So I decided to delve into my stash of handspun yarns to put in the Central Coast Weavers sale this coming weekend.

One of the skeins is (was) plain whitewool; now it's a rainbow-painted skein, seen here steaming away. It'll sit cooling overnight, and then rinsed and dried tomorrow. After which I can reskein it into a 2-yard-circumference hank, and tag it to be ready for the sale.

Six ounces, approximately 330 yards. I'll post a photo once it's ready to pose.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Towel #1

I finally managed to get the threading corrected, so here's a look at towel #1 on this warp:

Onward! There may be 1 or two of these towels in the Central Coast Weavers Guild annual sale, which will be on November 1, 2, and 3 at the Straw Bale Barn on Santa Margarita Road in Atascadero. Hope to see you there - I'll be working the till on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Sleyed. Tied onto the Apron

I'm letting it settle overnight to see if the warp fairies improve the tension. Then the test: is the threading accurate, and no threads are crossed in the reed. Only time will tell.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Next Step

Remind me never to begin threading the loom when jet-lagged. I made so many mistakes, and finally had to pull out everything I'd threaded and start over. More than once. Please, somebody yell "Sandra, step away from the loom!" if I do this again.

In any case, with [most] threading errors fixed, I'm sleying the reed, rethreading errors as I go: