Archive for the ‘Weaving’ Category

I frequently take a look at the website of Ineke Elsinga. Visiting I noticed a pattern called ”walking waffle’ (literally translated from Dutch language’).  Wow this…I wanted to have. I like optic illusions in weaving. Buying the pattern was easy done.
The warp is as straight as it always is (we can’t change that :-)), but every weft changes 70 times and then you start with the first weft again. The waffle really walks 🙂
When I took it of my loom and washed the cloth, I was so happy. It was beautiful.

wandelende wafelI almost regretted it was woven for lining a bag from the grocery store.
Then I had to use my pair of scissors 🙁  I warn you!!! Sewing was a hell of a job!!

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mosaic1This one is my favorite.
I used the sequence of the warp colours in the weft. However I mixed the colours to the new colour. Like this…pink bloc! alternating pink/yellow bloc! yellow bloc! alternating yellow/light green bloc! light green bloc! and so on…and so on.

mosaic2For the weft I used light green. The long floats are very vulnerable.

mosaïc3I used light blue for the weft.
All three look good, but next time I will use 14 threads per cm.
Of course one weaves alternating purple floats too.
In the meantime two of them have moved to a new owner.

iris nieuw1Shawl number two from my ‘iridiscent colours’ project. During weaving something went wrong.
Do you want to read about it? Click on page and scroll down.

 WEAVING WITH VERY THIN THREADS!

Do you want to know the whole story?  Please click here….

 

 

This mosaic weaving was on my ‘todo’ list for several years.

It was about time to get started……
Thin threads are my favorite and I like bright colours.

The length of the warp is for three shawls.
It was a joy to use my warping wheel again.
(Winding and beaming the warp)
Twelve threads per cm…..enough or to few….time will tell.

The design with the different brown hues and white, is choosen by intuition.
It’s a plain weave. I like shawls to complete my outfit.
This one is for spring.

My 10 colour shawl is finished….
IRIS1bnieuwWant to know more…. click

I did it! Today I finished my poncho!
My sister-in-law permitted me to use the model of her poncho. So nice of her! Thank you Loeska 😉
The first time I saw her wearing  it, I envied her, you know 🙂
The colours are different though.
Turquoise and purple are my favorite colours and I used red to brighten it up, but I already mentioned
that in one of my previous blogposts.
The fringes form a nice band at the bottom….(the way I braided them)…. I think 😉

The collar is knitted separately and sewed with the machine to the neck-piece

I never wove with such a thick thread in warp and weft. Two per cm.
The total width of my loom is used, 120 cm.
It’s  just a simple plain weave / tabby. The colours are the most important in this cloth.

I have been busy making a warp for my poncho.
The yarn I intended to use was very thin, compared to my own spun weft.
What to do….I decided to make a cabled yarn. I had never done that…..a real challenge it was.
Then I dyed the yarn and now I am threading the loom. First step done……

I finished the spinning of this ‘new blend’ several months ago! Dyeing was the second step.
Purple and turquoise are favorite colours of mine. The red is to brighten it up ;-)!!
I will weave the poncho and these skeins are for the weft.
The warp, I will dye the same and while weaving the same colours will find each other or mix!
A bit like this shawl….

Today was the last session. This workshop was hard work, but very rewarding.
The technique was developed and copywrited by my tutor Marian Stubenitsky.
It really is amazing …..
A challenge it was. Step by step the pattern showed.
It is hard to catch the iridescent effect by photo.
The weft colour is petrol.


If  you want to view all postings of this workshop, please click on the tag  ‘iridescent’ at the right…..

This shawl is the first result of my ‘iridescent colours’ workshop.
For this shawl I used four shafts, four colours.
The effect is the interaction of the colours and it varies with the angle you look at it.
This technique is developed and copywrited by Marian Stubenitsky

 

I needed 8 colours and had to put them in line  harmoniously. It took a lot of time.
I changed, and changed, but finally it looked good.

To be sure I made blends  of two colours.

Time to make the warp. I lined the colours the way I needed them.
The threads went over the table……..

…through the reed of my warping wheel to arrange them as parallel as possible…..
then to my warping mill. I used my warping  paddle for the second time.

432 threads………

Making the cross went fine.

Bundles of 10, easy counting…..

Tadah…..ready for the loom

Before washing my shawl, I have to make the fringes.
In every bundle I add one thread of the weft yarn.
A lot of work, but I still have a fortnight to finish. It’s enough time.

I have been very busy designing, winding  the warp and  dressing my loom.
The warp colours are: yellow, red, purple and green, 100 % mercerised cotton.

The weft is ‘lavender’, two threads together (40/2) 60 % cotton, 40 % wool

I am content with my treadling.
This is not a sample, but will end in a shawl. Still a fortnight before next class.

No words are needed…..


This morning I went to my workshop tutor Marian Stubenitsky.
She taught me how to use the warping paddle.
What a nice instrument. I needed 4 colours for my first ‘iridescent colours’ design. It went perfect.
To be honest there are a few mistakes, but I don’t mind. After all, it was the first time.

two columns or pillars, but the sample lies flat.
Staring at the picture a bit longer, I noticed the floats
seem to be at the bottom of the small quadrangles and rectangles….

This shawl is very warm and nice to wear.
If you want to see how it was made, please click  this page.

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