Monday, 27 December 2010

"Luscious Yarn", by Rose Pelvin

I found this beautiful yarn on TradeMe (NZ Version of eBay) to the detriment of my bank balance. It is 55% silk and 45% cashmere and has a lovely light, soft handle. It's a joy to work with. This scarf was 7 inches in the reed and just over 60 inches woven length, all from one 50g hank, with a little bit left over. If you want more details about the yarn, contact me.

by Rose Pelvin

Sunday, 26 December 2010

More about the Bags, by rose Pelvin

That dirty water was not a pretty sight! Here are the bags of fibre drying in the breeze, and taking a surprisingly long time over it. I probably put too much in the bags.

by Rose Pelvin

Friday, 24 December 2010

"Christmas Greetings", by Chris Beech

Wall hanging woven in Theo Moorman technique, design adapted from cross stitch patterns.

Wishing all the weaving community a happy and safe Christmas and New Year. Special thanks and greetings to blogmum Meg


Thursday, 23 December 2010

A message for members with yukky fibre to wash, by Rose Pelvin

Briscoes are selling mesh "shopping bags" that I thought would be ideal for washing the very dusty alpaca fibre that many of us bought at Linkwater during the year.  I bought one of these bags ages ago ($4.99) but never got around to using it and now can't find it. I bought another and sent it to my grandson for putting togs and wet beach stuff in.

Finally I bought 2 more today ($2.50 each now) and here is a picture of them in use. They each have a rubbery band which I took to be a wrist strap but have employed it to close the top of the bag.  You will see by the plimsoll line on the bath that the fibre really does need washing!

If you are looking for these bags they are up near the counter (on the floor today and not very recognisable because they are in a rolled up package.)  I expect when I rinse the fibre (and clean the bath) I will be able to hang them out in the nor'wester and have beautiful fibre in no time.  I'm not making any promises about spinning but at least I have taken the first step.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

"Red and Gold Scarf" in Deflected Doubleweave, by Judy Bool

In a 2007 copy of Handwoven (Issue 133), I found an interesting article and draft by Madelyn Van Der Hoogt on Deflected Doubleweave. I had been researching double weave and the striking black and white picture of a silk scarf had caught my eye.

The draft is for 8 shafts with 4 ends of colour A alternating with 4 ends of colour B. For my first project I chose two Mora yarns; one old red and the other old gold. Epi and ppi 20. I made my own selection from the treadling blocks. Because of the loose set, weaving progressed quite quickly. Mora yarn does not shrink when fulling so the finished article has a nice open hand.

On loom

Side A after fulling

Side B after fulling

Finished scarf

by Judy Bool