Yarn

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Here’s the yarn from the bucket, gradually making its way toward the loom. I plan to start turning it into a warp tomorrow.

latest dyed yarn

This will be an extension of the Waterfront collection, but I’m using Merino/silk instead of the Alpaca/silk and in two different counts: a 2/16 as well as the 2/24. I used the 2/24 last year to weave a wrap for Pat’s 80th birthday. Because it was a secret I never posted any pictures, but it came out like this:

art deco wrap

art deco wrap detail

The design (intentionally asymmetric in case you were wondering) was intended to complement a rather lovely leather handbag she has, but Mum and I got into an interesting pickle trying to get a photo of it while maintaining the subterfuge! Anyway, for me the most pleasing thing about it was the weight and drape of the finished cloth, which was lovely. I used the 4-colour threading approach learned with Marian in the Dordogne, and that’s what I plan to do again. Sort of.

But the most interesting weaving this week has been on one of the table looms. I am teaching a class in double weave in a couple of weeks and so I wanted to make a coherent set of four-shaft DW samples, including pickup. I haven’t used DW pickup in ages, but scribbled a squiggly line on a piece of squared paper and set to. I was quite pleased with how it turned out…

DW pickup

…but it didn’t take me long to remember why I don’t make a habit of it. It took me a whole lot longer to weave that tiny piece you see there…

Yarn” was posted by Cally on 24 Jan 2016 at http://callybooker.co.uk

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5 Responses

  1. Christina Suter
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    I really like the scarf. Beautiful colours and such a great design, much better than had it been symmetrical.

  2. Catherine Freeland
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    Still watching and learning. My friend and Swedish studio weaver, Christina, has just posted, I see, which is fun. I’ve just been watching a small video about using a multiplicity of reds in tapestry weaving (Dovecot project with Alison Watt), and agreed that the texture of wool gives a depth and richness. yes, I’m thinking aloud about ‘that’ proposed colour workshop in September, as we sail into 2016.

  3. Margreet
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    Beautiful scarf and cannot wait to see the result of the blues. I take it you meant Marian and not Marion

    • Cally
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      Yes, I did! Now corrected, thanks. I really shouldn’t try and do things in a rush…

  4. neki rivera
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    lovely,lovely,lovely.all of it

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