Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Handwoven Holiday Napkins in progress

I wanted to put another project on my loom quickly - I missed throwing that shuttle! I rummaged in the stash and came up with a warp that I received in a guild exchange last year.  It was supposed to be for 2 short towels, but I'd rather have regular sized towels, so I'm weaving 3 napkins instead. The structure is a simple twill, and is weaving up fast.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Handwoven Handspun Napkins, Finished!

Nearly finished, anyway... They've been woven, washed, dried, and cut apart. I'll hem by hand this evening while watching Olympic coverage.

I thoroughly loved weaving with my handspun cotton. It's soft and textured, and made a lovely fabric. (Here's the weaving in progress, and here's the handspun cotton weft.)

My dear friend David finished his napkins as well. Now we're dreaming of our next project - he wants to spin  the warp and weft for a set of pillowcases, and I want to spin the warp and weft for curtains. He pointed out this curtain in the Big Book of Weaving, and now I can't get it out of my head:

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Handspun Cotton Napkins in Progress

During the Tour de Fleece, I spun 800+ yards of cotton 2-ply on the charkha - SO MUCH FUN! The intention was to spin weft for some handwoven napkins - it was a fun challenge with my friend David of Southern Cross Fibre. He dyed part of the warp (which is a combination of commercial cottolin and cotton) and sent me half of it - we're weaving the same napkins on opposite sides of the world! I started weaving today:

I love the texture of the handspun cotton weft! The fabric reminds me of linen. This is a fun project, and is turning out even better than expected. Just a stepping stone to my dream of spinning the weft AND warp for weaving my own curtains. :)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Lego Loom

Displayed at International Lego Exhibition "Fanabriques 2012" at Rosheim the 29, 30 June of 2012.

All I can build with Lego is a tower...