Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Better Still

You can't really tell how the weft will interact with the warp. Chenille because of its nature (fuzzy, has a nap), and how my loom is set up, generally .... generally overshadows the warp. I like this blue, kind of a medium, what woud you say?, Cadet blue, Delft blue?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Ashes of Rose

I like this one better. Last of the "ashes of rose" chenille that I have.
Need a new source of chenille. I used to buy everything from
Robin & Russ in McMinnville, Oregon. 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Starting to Weave

Warp on the lower beam
Starting to weave. Navy rayon chenille. So far, so good.

Friday, September 20, 2013

We Live in Such Interesting Times

" Economics that hurt the moral well-being of an individual or a nation are immoral and therefore sinful. Thus the economics that permit one country to prey upon another are immoral. It is sinful to buy and use articles made by sweated labour. It is sinful to eat American wheat and let my neighbour the grain-dealer starve for want of custom."

"I believe that where there is pure and active love for the poor there is God also. I see God in every thread that I draw on the spinning wheel."  - Quotes from Mahatma Gandhi 

Post from the New York Times,  US Textile Factories Return

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Going down the Internet Rabbit Hole

It is very easy to go off on tangents on the Internet. One thing leads to another and the hours pass. I would like my weaving to support other weavers. I have spent some time in Guatamala and I have a fondness for the women who work daily with their weaving. I thought this was an innovative project,

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Next Up

I am almost finished threading this warp, ready to start throwing the shuttle, 35 yards of the rayon thick and thin. I have a rainbow of rayon chenille to use. You never know how it truly will look until it is caught in the web. 


                                                       The finished product are my shawls. 

The Beauty of the Loom

This is a photo of my 40" AVL loom loaded with the previous warp. I put the selvedges and the twill borders on the upper beam. The body of the warp, a rayon thick and thin yarn, is on the bottom beam. I have four beams for this loom: a 1" sectional, a 2" sectional, and two plain beams. I can use them in any configuration. Different weave structures, i.e., twill and tabby, "take up" or weave at different rates. Having more than one beam allows you to tension the beams differently so that the weave that takes up faster doesn't make a boa constrictor on the loom. This is especially important when you weave longer and continuously.