Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Farm Show


Had fun last week representing the Butler Guild by doing a weaving
demonstration at the Butler Farm Show.


The spinners hand spun Linda's beautifully prepared wool rolags
into yarn for weaving. 


I warped enough for two scarves and wove the second one at home.

The weft for the second scarf was a miscalculated warp
from a demo last year.  Glad I hung onto it because I had just
enough to weave off the scarf!  

The medium blue weft really makes the colors pop..


One more demo to go.  Next stop...
Indiana County Fair






Saturday, August 12, 2017

#weaveallthethings

hash·tag
noun
  1. On social media sites, a word or phrase preceded by a hash or pound sign (#) and used to identify messages on a specific topic.

Sometimes I use the hashtag 
#weaveallthethings
when I share my work.

That little tag really encompasses what I love most about weaving.

For example the above shawl was woven with:

• Reclaimed sweater yarn.
• Vintage yarns from garage sales.
• Yarn naturally dyed with Oak bark from my yard.
• Handspun yarns - with fiber that I hand dyed.
• Reclaimed silk from Indian Sari garments.
• Random balls of yarn found at thrift shops.
• Yarn given to me from guild members.
• Left over yarns from knitting projects.

The garment above was not woven with any yarn purchased specifically
to "weave a shawl'..

 I find it is much more fun to #weaveallthethings !!!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Part Two: Construction



Weaving away.

Blue warp:  Hand dyed indigo from a few years ago
Terracotta warp:  Repurposed sweater
Blue weft:  super super thin weight of a cotton cone yarn
from the guild trash-to-treasure sale.

Using a double bobbin shuttle for the thin weft making it
two strands.  Makes the edges a bit tricky, but I love the 
way it is weaving up!

~

Saori shawl to follow..

Monday, July 31, 2017

Part One: Process

The first scarf I ever made was woven on a board with nails.
Not knowing how to "weave" or what yarns to use,
I made it up..


Shortly after that I started looking for sources of yarn that were 
inexpensive.  Not knowing what proper weaving yarns were, I started 
taking apart sweaters.

Creating with what I could find was addicting.
I am now a curator of discarded fibers: sweaters, cones, and odd balls of yarn.

It has been four years and weaving with found
materials makes me happier than ever.


This discarded linen blend sweater was unraveled to be made into 
a new scarf.


The yarn will be paired with hand dyed indigo and with a 
cone of discarded yarn at the guild Trash-to-Treasrue swap.

~

Stay tuned..


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Rosepath





'Reclaimed Rosepath'
25"x 25"

All reclaimed materials: three sweaters, Salvation Army cone, 
and miscellaneous thrifted ball yarns.

Mounted on found beaver-chewed driftwood.

~

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Fleece to Shawl..



{Before the Bath}

This shawl was woven in about three hours using
freshly hand spun, unwashed, wool.

The yarns are springy-full-of-energy fresh 
off the spinning wheel making weaving with
them a challenge.

Once the shawl is soaked and blocked the yarns will calm down.

This piece was woven during a demonstration at the 
Depreciation Lands Museum.

~

Now to wash this sheepy thing
: )

~





Saturday, July 15, 2017

Something from nothing..

After all the precision work for the Master Weaving homework, 
I woke up craving Saori.


The warp was wound from scraps of yarns
given to me from other weavers.  I love using cast-off, donated, 
and reclaimed yarns.

The Noro weft was dug from deeeeeep in the bottom of
the stash.


I was having a great time weaving, but
my studio partners were not amused...


The scarf woven is open and etherial.  I'll post some
some photos once the fringe is twisted.

The remaining warp was beat down tight.
Loving the fabric it made!



Hoping to have enough to make a small pouch.

The magic of scraps and Noro ; )