This is what I have been up to on my loom lately. I am totally loving my adventures in weaving. I love the sound of the shuttle whooshing back and forth and the rap, rap, rap of the beater bar when I pull everything into place.
The Table runner and placemats were made using a ‘Rosepath’ weaving pattern. They are made of 100% cotton. In my knitting and spinning journey I really never worked with cotton much so it was nice to work with this lovely natural fiber. Natural fibers are where it is at with me, I suppose that there is something to be said for man made fibers for certain things but I love the durability and simplicity of a natural fiber.
I really enjoyed doing this weaving with lighter weight yarn and doing a delicate pattern. It is so fun to watch the pattern come alive as I weave away
The next project, of which I am still working are wool rugs using ‘Pendelton Wool’ mill ends, they are the ends of the fabric that their huge mechanized looms produce.
I acquired these mill ends from a friend in exchange for weaving a rug for her, “great trade I say” so here I am happily making rugs, I think I will be able to get a total of 5 rugs when I use all of the mill ends she gave me. These rugs are definitely not the delicate fine weaving I did on the linens however the results are almost immediate and very rewarding. I will post pictures upon completion. I have 4 rugs that I have woven but I need to do the finishing touches such as hemming the ends.
I have so many cool ideas in my head for future projects, one I am excited about are wall hangings using yarn from my old yarn shop ‘Nestucca Bay Yarns’ when I closed it in 2010 I kept a huge stash of yarn, enough to keep me busy for a very long time. I really want to make something artsy, something that comes out of my head with no pattern to follow. I have been given so much creative energy I just have to be creating constantly and fiber is my medium.
These items are or will be in my etsy shop. danceswithyarns.etsy.com for purchase if you fall in love with anything.
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