Going monochrome again. Here´s a warp for a new scarf. The lighter shade is actually borderline gray.
This is the rug I am weaving to the same warp as my mum´s rug. I just put additional plain weave steps between the twill treadling. Oh what a difference does it make! I kind of like it: it´s more contemporary, less weight and sharper edges. It looks totally different from the other side though. I haven´t decided what I think about that side. I am getting rid of my stash of odd grays and uneven whites with this one.
Side by side. The braid is going downstairs for dressing the small loom.
Looking forward or should I say trying to cope with months of waiting Tove Jansson´s retrospective. I had a hint of this exhibition in my e-mail because they were looking for Tove´s unseen works almost two years ago I think. And finally it´s a couple of weeks away, the opening that is. I will visit after the rush and in the meantime read this. Are there any other Tove´s fans out there?
Hoping nice things for the new week for you all! First thing I am going to do, is visit my friend´s newborn boy :-)
Going monochrome again. Here´s a warp for a new scarf. The lighter shade is actually borderline gray.
I am running behind on posts and this rug here I gave my mum for a christmas present. She moved to an old countryside house and was (and still is) in need for thick rugs because of the cold floors. Our taste is very different and to be honest she rarely uses the things I make. I don´t know why that is, is she saving them (for what) or are they so different to her taste. I still don´t know but I know this one she likes very much. So I gather it took us 30 years to agree in matters of taste ;-)
This rug is one the biggest I have made and definitely the heaviest. Measuring almost 2,5 metres and over 90cm wide it took up a lot of weft. Also this pattern adds up to the thickness with two inlays in the same shed. I think it weighed over 6 kilos.
This pattern is very traditional. Sometimes it´s called “ant´s path” and I have also heard it called “four-heddled” even though it doesn´t really describe how it looks. I think it refers to the amount of shafts. This is one the patterns I can remember before I knew what weaving even was. There were other strong motifs from my childhood, I hope I will eventually get to weave those too. And at the moment I weaving something totally different to the same warp and it looks very interesting…
I wish I had room to lay these down properly but our apartment is in fact very crowded. And when you add this up with my dislike of wide angle lenses. Well, you only get part of a rug!
When I looked at these pictures I started to wonder if this could be translated to a scarf? It´s weft-faced but perhaps…
And last but not the least: thank you for your very kind comments on last posts!
Here´s the finished alpaca scarf. After living with it and wearing it I like a lot more. And it´s getting softer too. With alpaca the fabric is thick enough but it doesn´t get stiff like (sheep) wool does. But the downside is that it is a little itchy. The colours are nice too in this scarf but the grays are always my favourite spots. But what I really love about gray too is that it brings out the colours better than any other tone or color.
But now, back to weaving. I have already started another scarf! And a rug that I propably never finish because of these scarves…
This a very simple twill rug with orange, white and gray rag inlays. I wanted to do something very basic and it ended up in our kitchen. It looks quite neat here but after New Year´s Eve it has a blueberry stain. Oh well, no need to worry keeping it clean anymore…
I wish there would be more natural light because it looks a lot different with flash in these photos. But it´s really impossible to take pictures without it here. For weeks we´ve had the darkest days that I can remember and I think even our vision has adopted so well that I only realize how dark it is when I see what kind of exposure my camera suggests. It´s really odd.
Ah, but there´s a light at the end of the tunnel. On 17th I will pack my bags and head to Netherlands for a week or so. Looking forward to that! My plans are very unsure for where I will be staying but my “homebase” there will be Edam, where my friend is moving. So if you have any tips on where to visit on my way there (by car) between Stockholm and Edam (and around because the distances there feel so short for me), please let me know. Especially textiles, design and all the haberdashery involded is my main interest. What I would really like to find is a couple of shuttles because you really can´t see the products here in Finland and I dislike my shuttles a lot, except one. So any tips on those would be highly appreciated ;-)
One of the first tasks of this year´s preparations was to take pictures of my friend´s baby for memories. We set up lights so that they would remind of Christmas.
It was really an honour, she was so calm and giving a cute smile every now and then.
There were also cats at my friend´s place, desperate for attention.
The day continued at my folk´s place watching independence day festivities. My mom had a new rug, very nice.
This is the only snow we´ve seen so far. Little did I know that this was it. Now it has rained almost a week.
I made a crochet rug for christmas tree. I have planned to do this for years but always ran out of time. This year I came across perfect shade of red and did finish finish it as the tree was carried in. The tree is basically our only decoration so I really wanted it to have this.
Making cards is an annual tradition that I broke last year. Fortunately this year I got around to it and the tradition is live and well again. I had another plan for the card but it was too difficult so I resorted to plan b, which is like very much.
Christmas baking at home. Our new kitchen looks so odd because of all the steel…haven´t got used to it yet.
Finally! Mailing the cards out.
I hope to make one post before New Year, but if not – Happy New Year!
Here´s the beginning for the alpaca scarf I planned for myself. The weaving was fun, but in many ways this ended up being a sampler. I mean that the end result left me longing for something else. Some very interesting patterns occurred that I will have to develop but still…
I also came across many important lessons with this one. First lesson being that alpaca stretches a lot. I was told about this by Amanda but I was still amazed. After weaving the whole scarf I had approximately 20cm more warp than in the first place! And also alpaca isn´t that soft when it´s handwoven (did not know that) so I suspect my atopic skin can´t handle it.
The second lesson being that “less is more”. Why is it so difficult to remember? I love shapes, especially zig-zags but in the end I appreaciate plain weave more. I should do more plain weave.
The best part was weaving, I really had no settled plans. I just sat, listened to music and spoken programs and wove what I felt like, so relaxing. I begin to like the small loom very much because it´s so effortless. One thing that I don´t like so much is that when I am using the same amount of shafts and treadles, the lamms are not really heavy enough to keep warp in it´s correct height. I planned to visit a fishing shop for weights but ended up tying a few temples for fake treadles to keep things in order. But I will have to look into that eventually…
Ok, please don´t count the errors in this picture ;-) I can see so many. Pictures are ruthless.
And for the last but not least important: Merry Christmas! In case this is the last post before christmas. Fortunately (and a little unfortunately) I won´t be staying at my loom or my computer.
This is the small new loom I recently bought. It´s very closely related to my other loom and basically they are different sized versions of the same. It´s made by Toika and approximately 15 years old. It looks very nice now but smells like mold a little… It has 6 shafts and treadles and it´s scandinavian style countermarch loom with a lower beater. In this picture it still lacks the heddles, cords and beam fabrics but now it´s already restored with new parts. I even crafted one broken shaft by myself and fits very well. As I mentioned it won´t be staying at my place even though I wish it could make room for it somewhere.
I decided to make another scarf because it was so much fun the last time. This time for myself so that I could use my favourite colours. First I thought of just plain weave but I couldn´t resist adding some twills. I used weaving software to simulate my plans. It´s funny how simulating feels a little like cheating because you get to see something in advance.
I am using alpaca yarns for warp. There´s a campaign for cheap alpaca for the rest of the year in my favourite yarn shop and I have been buying quite a lot for crochet and weaving. It´s so soft but then again very slick, we´ll see how it works with weaving.
Here´s the finished warp. I am not sure if I´ll like it. At this point the colours don´t look so good together anymore.
So it´s a very short warp, only for one scarf. I will dress my (new) small loom with this one to see how it is to weave and operate.
What I should do is to weave the rest of the rug warp on my big loom so that I could get the finished rug off the loom. But I am pretty sure this can´t wait!
A newcomer in the house! I got another loom but it was in a bad shape so it takes a while to restore it to it´s glory. Rust and mold on fabrics and bolts but wooden parts straight and quite clean. It´s very cute and small but unfortunately it´s not going to stay at our place because it doesn´t fit anywhere. I bought it because it was cheap, had a sort of soft spot for it and thought I could have some use for it at my mom´s. Perhaps she takes up weaving as well.
I took a little trip to memory lane with my mom´s rug. This pattern is one of the first rag rug patterns that I ever came across. Little did I know that would weave it someday. I can´t even remember how young I was and where I saw it but it strikes me as very traditional. Of course here it´s more contemporary because I use materials that weren´t so easily available twenty years ago.
This rug is already finished but it´s still wrapped around my loom´s front beam since I have a few meters of warp left. The rug is approximately 85cm wide and 240cm long. And it´s very heavy. Partly due because I used very chunky wefts but also because the straight pattern parts tuck in a lot of weft.
This was very quick to weave. Working with three shuttles felt a little crowded sometimes but I am hopeful that I didn´t make any mistakes with the order. Looking forward finishing this warp because I crave to a weave a scarf. I think I need something light to weave for a change and also miss seeing those warp threads!