More Weaving with Horse Hair

Black Horsehair with heading sticks
Black Horsehair with heading sticks

Here are more photos of the black horse hair piece. One shows it just off the loom, before cutting off the heading sticks. Note that the heading was WOVEN when I cut off the previous piece. The sticks were attached to the apron rod to put the warp back on tension so I could weave this piece. Look up the tip on Two-stick Heading. It is also described in my first books and my book, Weaving for Beginners.

Black Horsehair detail
Black Horsehair detail
Black Horsehair Back Side
Black Horsehair Back Side

Here is the back; also interesting.

More Miniature Weavings

Black Horsehair Weaving
Black Horsehair Weaving

This piece has black horse hair woven in. I think the back side is interesting, too. Some people like it better. My computer is acting up again and I can’t show the back now.

More from the sewing thread warp. It is finished (10 yards) and I’ll be sending the last pieces. I’m pretty sure the next warp will be 10 yards and narrow again for more miniatures. They are so much fun and I feel so creative. I plan to use the very fine silk threads again. The ones used in the pieces on my home page. I can’t wait. Life seems to be in the way for now.

More on Weaving with Rose Hips

Rose Hips
Rose Hips

I planned my weaving on a woven piece that was so uninteresting I relegated it to a scrap. This gave me the dimensions for the new piece. And it allowed me to play with various stems of  rose hips to get a composition I liked and that would allow me to use the supplementary purple warp to attach the stems. As I wove the new piece, I unpinned the stems as needed and wove them in. It also helped that I’d taken a photo of the composition so I could replicate the placement in the new weaving as I went along.

Weaving with Rose Hips, 2
Weaving with Rose Hips, 2

This photo is of the woven piece. The color is more like the top picture.

Ideas for My Weaving

Persimmons
Persimmons

I got so many weaving ideas during the holidays when I visited a friend at her farm. What goodies I brought home! She had a persimmon tree which was gorgeous with all its leaves gone and just the lovely fruit hanging from the branches. I love to set them out as an  arrangement on my table and watch them ripen one-by-one.

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Rose Hips in a Vase

She had a big rose bush full of rose hips! What a treasure. I can’t wait to weave them in something.

As a final gift, she cut her cow’s tail for me. What could be more fun to incorporate than pieces of Rosie’s tail.

The rose hips are the first on my  agenda. Watch out!

Weaving with Rose Canes

Rose Thorns, Close
Rose Thorns, Close

I want to weave in rose thorns in the sewing thread warp. I got the idea in the night Sunday. On Monday I asked when the men were coming to prune the rose bushes in the gardens where I live. They came the next day. I went down and gathered the rose canes before breakfast.

Rose Thorns, Closer
Rose Thorns, Closer

I’m thinking of weaving them in on the top similar to the horse hair pieces I showed in a post recently. In my area, January is when the big pruning takes place. I thought I’d mention it in case anyone else wants to get a supply before it’s too late.

Weaving with Marl Yarns

Weaving with Marl Yarns A
Weaving with Marl Yarns A

I’ve played with weaving with marl yarns over the years. A marl yarn is made by  twisting a dark and a light thread together to use as a single weft. Which way you twist makes a difference in the look. I made two shuttles–each one twisted in the opposite direction (S&Z). I alternated the two shuttles in the sections here (A).

Weaving with marl Yarns B
Weaving with marl Yarns B

This is meant to be one of my “pages” in my  Pages Series. Interesting how the diagonals are stronger when looking at the side of the cloth–and how it looked on the loom (B).

Weaving with Marl Yarns C
Weaving with Marl Yarns C

You can see how I had to practice to accomplish what I wanted (C).

Weaving with Marl Yarns D
Weaving with Marl Yarns D

I might not cut the two apart–maybe some won’t turn into pages at all (D). Putting a group of them together really looked interesting. I might mount them that way. Who knows? I’ve got lots more ideas. I just need the time.

My New Weaving

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First Woven Page
First Woven Page (click to enlarge)

I’ve been weaving the sewing thread warp. My idea is to weave small pieces that remind me of pages in books. I won’t make books, but show just these “pages”. It’s such fun to see what I can do with only 4 shafts. The warp is 10 shades/colors of sewing thread. I think the sett is 60 epi. I can weave it as a single layer at 60 epi or as a tube at 30 epi. This really gives me flexibility.The supplementary warp is threaded between the heddles so it doesn’t take any shafts. I just put the shuttle below it in the shed when I want it to show on the top. I can have it on the back or in the middle, too.

Four Woven Pages
Four Woven Pages (click to enlarge)

What fun! Here is the first one and a group of four. I’m tempted to show the spools of threads again to show the colors I’m working with.

Sewing Thread Spools for Weaving
Sewing Thread Spools for Weaving

Weaving with Varying Warp Tension for Wavy Wefts

Weaving Cloth with Wavy Wefts, close up
Weaving Cloth with Wavy wefts, warp tensions, #2

The photos show tight and loose tension on the warps. this is what makes the wavy wefts. I show the mechanism we put on my 4-shaft loom in a previous post. Search for wavy wefts to see the loom and other posts on wavy wefts. It’s been fun experimenting!

A Good Weaving Idea Came Today

linen ruffle weaving

Just after I sat down to weave the cloth for my new ruffle, another good idea came. The scrap of paper with the idea is on the top of my desk now–on top of many previous idea-scraps. This one is for a ruffle, too. But I’m thinking if I use a soft, supple weft, I can “ruffle it up” warp-wise and weft-wise. I tried it on my last wavy weft sample and think it definitely has possibilities. The warp is linen but I think it will still bunch up nicely.

Weaving Sewing Thread Warp Update

Woven Cloth for Ruffle, 2nd view

I’m weaving another in my Ruffles series now on the sewing thread warp. I’m pleased that it is sheer–you can see the treadles through it. It’s slow going because the weft is very fine–like hair. Weaving double cloth is also slow. I maybe did 3 or 4 inches today in 45 minutes. It’s easy and meditative. I’m loving just weaving and weaving–it will take many sessions before it is long enough.

My Woven Cloth is Sheer

Woven Cloth for Ruffle

My new woven cloth is as sheer as I’d hoped. You can see the treadles through the cloth.With each of my recent warps, there is something different. This is my second sewing thread warp and I increased the sett a bit so the wefts won’t pack down when I beat on an open shed. (See “Weaving for Beginners” and Book #3, “Weaving & Drafting Your Own Cloth”.)

I Have Many Projects Going On

I’ve mentioned my fiber optics weaving project and the work on the blog and web site. These are just two things on my mind besides trying to weave the sewing thread warp and the wavy wefts warp. Another major item is making ebooks. Yet another is making an art book or a portfolio in book form. The keynote speech and seminars in Collapse Weaving and Supplementary Warp for our conference (CNCH) in May are also on my mind. I feel pregnant with at least 9 babies!