Thursday, December 18, 2014


Okay, so I did in fact manage to finish beaming the warp. The last section rolled on just before we packed the van to drive to Richmond for the KPFA Crafts Fair. I'll wait until after Christmas to begin threading.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Next Up

On the dobby loom, a new table runner warp is in progress, this time an interleaved threading. First, here are the yarns. The two larger cones are the warp yarns, hand-dyed 20/2 tencel. The smaller cone is 30/2 tencel for hem weft, and the skeins are 30/2 tencel for weft in the body of the runner.

Next, an overall view of the warping area, showing the cones lined up on the floor at the back of the loom, with the warping wheel barely visible at the left - all you can see is the comb through which the sections travel from the warping wheel to the warp beam:

If the outer sections are different, because the selvedge threads are all one color, not interleaved, I wind those sections first, then start filling in from left to right. Here's a closeup giving an idea of how the warp colors blend:

I plan to weave designs based on this threading - this version has a treadling of large advancing networked points and assumes a light turquoise weft:

The warp probably won't get completely beamed, nor the threading and sleying begun, until after Christmas, because this week we'll be getting ready for the KPFA show, and Christmas is almost immediately after that. You can expect radio silence for a while. In the meantime, I wish you all a happy holiday season!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Beauty Shots

The table runners wanted to pose for portraits, so here they are, in order of weaving.

#1 with navy weft, #2 with royal blue weft, #3 with fuchsia weft, and #4 with purple weft:

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Last Show of the Season

One more show to go, then it'll be over until next year. The KPFA Crafts Fair has been one of our favorite shows for many years. There is always a good mix of fine craft vendors, and lots of good music.

Previous editions of the show were held at the very run-down and shabby Concourse Center in San Francisco, which is now being torn down to make room for new condominium construction. As a result, this year's show has moved to a shiny new venue in Richmond, across the bay from San Francisco.

The show is December 20-21, open from 10am to 5pm both days. We'll be in booth #725. Hope to see you there!

Runners Woven

...and cut off the loom. The accumulated cloth made a nice thick roll on the cloth storage beam.

Here are runners 1 and 2, awaiting wet finishing:

And runners 3 and 4:

This is all that was left of the solid-color warp yarns - short lengths wound onto weighted film canisters to be available to replace warp ends that had knots in them:

I have plenty of the variegated yarns left, and will use them in a future project, either scarves or runners.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Runner #4

Here's a look at #4 in the series. The treadling is "tromp as writ" (or "treadled as drawn in" if you prefer that phrase). The weft is a 20/2 (NeC) mercerized cotton in purple. You can definitely see the pattern in this one. And since the outer band of red warp on each side of the runner is threaded in a straight draw, you can also "read" the treadling by looking at that area of the cloth. In all the members of the series, an examination of that tell-tale outer band gives you a clue about the shape of the treadling.

In this shot, too, you can see the difference in the type of lighting. The area of unwoven warp is lit only by the halogen lamp, while the woven cloth is lit by the fluorescent lamp at the back of the loom. The halogen gives much truer color.