• Practice makes…..pretty stuff!

    I’m still playing with my Baby Wolf loom, and the practice is speeding my progress, if nothing else.  The warps are going on smoother and more efficiently, so I can spend more time choosing patterns to try and seeing what happens when I add new weft, or change treadling pattern, or anything else that comes into my head.   I’m definitely still learning things about what I like to do, and what I think looks good, and what fibers I like to work with best.  I haven’t formed any strong opinions yet, as I know they always change with experience.  So far, everything is rosy – but I’m still not putting any pressure on myself.  I’m going to keep playing!

    This is a waffle weave pattern for 4 shaft loom, from Davison book, page 57. I'm using stash yarn to play with colors and texture with the pattern. There is sock yarn - doubled - on top, some sparkly worsted in the middle, and the same worsted with ribbon on treadle rows 2 and 3 on the bottom.

    This is a waffle weave pattern for 4 shaft loom, from Davison book, page 57. I’m using stash yarn to play with colors and texture with the pattern. There is sock yarn – doubled – on top, some sparkly worsted in the middle, and the same worsted with ribbon on treadle rows 2 and 3 on the bottom.

     

    I did actually finish a few real projects.  I washed and hemmed the towels from Weaving Camp, and 8 placemats from the Lion Brand yarn project.

    Reverse twill, with Blue boucle for the weft. You can see a bit of the fabric with brown weft, on top. The change in fabric is pretty subtle

    Reverse twill, with Blue boucle for the weft. You can see a bit of the fabric with brown weft, on top. The change in fabric is pretty subtle

    Striped Cotlin warp, except the Blue which is an unknown boucle. Using Reverse twill pattern, which gives a zig zag impression with the stripes. Cool.

    Striped Cotlin warp, except the Blue which is an unknown boucle. Using Reverse twill pattern, which gives a zig zag impression with the stripes.  The weft is brown on top, and yellow on the bottom.  I’m surprised at how subtle the color change is with different weft.

    Cotlin. The warp is striped, and I'm changing weft colors to get stripes. Also playing with treadle patterns to get texture

    Cotlin. The warp is striped, and I’m changing weft colors to get stripes. Also playing with treadle patterns to get texture

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    On the right are 8 placemats made with Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton warp and Gold Leaf weft, Sett of 8, on my Baby Wolf - 4 shafts set for Basic Twill pattern. On the right are the two towels I made at Weaving Camp. Top is pure cotton warp (24 sett!), and a cotton chenille weft. It feels amazing. On the bottom is a towel made with the same warp, but I added some boucle stripes for fun, and tried a different treadle pattern. Turned out OK!

    On the right are 8 placemats made with Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton warp and Gold Leaf weft, Sett of 8, on my Baby Wolf – 4 shafts set for Basic Twill pattern. On the right are the two towels I made at Weaving Camp. Top is pure cotton warp (24 sett!), and a cotton chenille weft. It feels amazing. On the bottom is a towel made with the same warp, but I added some boucle stripes for fun, and tried a different treadle pattern. Turned out OK!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I also finished a knitted item this week.  A shawl for my daughter’s birthday, made with the CaterpillarGreen yarn that I am now obsessed with.  This was my last skein, and I am already wanting more!

    Caterpillargreen yarn in simple triangular shawl, for #1 Daughter's birthday coming up.

    Caterpillargreen yarn in simple triangular shawl, for #1 Daughter’s birthday coming up.