Saturday, September 2, 2017

Pouches

One of the first sweaters I took apart was
made of this wonderful thick european wool.

I dyed a few hanks of it and the yarn has been hanging 
out in the stash for years now.


I wove off a few small pieces of fabric with the leftover
warp from the poncho.  Inspired by a dear friend, I thought I would give sewing 
a pouch a try.

The first attempt using a purchased pattern was a complete disaster.

After that I decided simple is best.


They aren't perfect, but I love their cheerful quirkiness!

..and zippers aren't as hard I thought..



Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Driftwood



Driftwood Poncho

Warp: ebay perle cotton warp
Weft: unknown cone of yarn from Salvation Army

Double weave with hand embroidered embellishment.
Hand knotted fringe.

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Reclaimed can be beautiful.



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!

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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.

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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.

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