Saturday, 16 November 2013

Colour and Weave final projects

All those colours were so much fun to spin! (see the spinning post) Here are my two favourite projects of the "wild flower meadow" series. In both these projects I was attempting to achieve the feeling of random colour scattered across a blended green background by using a "special" yarn along with the pure colours. The special yarn had elements of both the light and the dark yarn so it blurred the otherwise distinct colour and weave patterns.

The needle book cover has the warp and weft pattern ddl. I combined my different blended greens for the dark in both warp and weft. The light in the warp was "special": yellow and green plied together. Then I used a variety of pure colours for the light yarn in the weft.
The zipped bag has the pattern dl in the warp. I used the "special" variegated yarn as the light strand. I didn't have quite enough, so you can see where I switched to pure yellow part way along the bag. I interspersed groups of three threads of pure colour in the mostly blended green weft.

Monday, 23 September 2013

Tartan cushion

My friend's tartan cushion looks great among her sofa-full of hand made cushions. She machine zig-zagged the edges of the squares together and attached it to a fabric back with a zip along one edge. (See the post from 25 May for the weaving of the squares.)

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Colour and Weave experiments (phase 2)

While I was doing the first colour and weave experiments I was also travelling in western Canada. I got glimpses of verges and fields of wild flowers with brilliant spots of colour scattered across the mixed greens of the plants and grasses. To see if I could get that effect with weaving I bought some colours and began to spin. The first job was a selection of pure bright flower colours. I also made a ball of variegated, spacing the pure flower colours between sections of grey green to see if that will work to make the colours appear randomly across the weaving.
Then I began to create mixed variations of greens.
Here is my first sample to imitate the colour scheme of a field of flowers using the pure colours. I have yet to try the variegated and the full range of the greens.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Colour and Weave experiments (phase 1)

This summer I've been playing with Colour and Weave. The starting point was a gamp from The Structure of Weaving by Anne Sutton (page 36). I recorded the combinations of threading and began to chart them myself and then weave some to find out first hand how this works. I prepared three-ply yarns from dyed fleece in light greys and dark greens and blues (from Custom Woolen Mills near Carstairs Alberta Canada).
One set that worked really well looks a bit like a basket weave pattern. I wove a single and then a double variation. (SINGLE: warp: 2 lights 1 dark, weft: the same as warp. DOUBLE: warp: 2 lights 1 dark 1 light 1 dark, weft: the same as warp)
Once I understood this pattern, I charted a triple version of it for a future weaving. (TRIPLE: warp: 2 darks 1 light 1 dark 1 light 1 dark 1 light, weft: the same as warp)
Another pattern looks like bars of colour with little dots along the bars. (warp: 1 light 1 dark, weft: groups of three of each colour with the first pick going under warps of the same colour)

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Tartan and Twill squares all complete

All 16 squares are complete and ready for fulling. After that they go to my friend who intends to make a cushion with them. Currently they are about 5.25 inches square. The final size after fulling should be about 4.5 inches.
There are 8 twill squares. Green is the warp and one of the other three colours is the weft. Here's my favourite in the warm siena brown in a 3/2 twill.
I did two different tartan patterns.
One based on the proportions of a Graham  tartan.
One based on the proportions of a Campbell tartan.
All the ends were left at the edges and caught lightly onto the back afterwards.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Tartan and Twill

A friend asked me to do a tartan pillow using her choice of four colours of fine wool. My first test was a gamp (trying every colour with every other colour). I knew nothing about tartan except that the same pattern of stripes is used for both both warp and weft and it is often woven as a twill. There are thousands of tartans. I was at a loss to design my own, so I found a four-colour tartan and copied the proportions. I applied my friend's colours to it and made a "tartan ruler" as a way to chart the warp and weft.

From doing the gamp I realized that a full sized pillow with such fine yarn in pin weaving was going to be too daunting. I proposed a checkerboard sampler of 16 squares so that I can work small and modular. Eight squares will be tartan, and the other eight will be a two-colour twill. That way I can experiment with moving the design around on the tartan pattern and try a lot of different twill patterns.

I'm nearly finished the fourth square and find them relaxing to make.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Bias woven hat

I found I can weave around a cylinder on the bias to make a stretchy hat. I used 2 strands of white hand-spun Wensleydale wool plied with a commercial wool and silk blend for the tweedy look. I simply released the woven tube from the loom and drew up one edge to make the hat.