My journey into the world of weaving

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Scarves continue, perhaps half way

I have woven about 30 inches on the first scarf. It is sweet weaving! The alpaca silk is a lovely soft strong warp. No broken ends or ends even thinking about breaking. Weaving with handspun is so much fun. I love the color variations of this “chocolate raspberry” fiber. The pattern is almost mindless but then if my mind really begins to roam, I can lose track of where I am!

The new issue of Handwoven (Sept/Oct 2009) is a great issue! There are lots of ideas and patterns and yarns to muse over. I like the weaving history included as well.

Next weekend, my sister visits and off we go to the Fiber Revival! Meanwhile I am plying up the fiber which came with our new spinning wheel. Next will be some fiber I purchased a while ago.

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Scarves – well underway!

I have woven perhaps 6 inches and the weaving is sweet! Very easy treadling – an interrupted twill. And it’s nice to have everything move effortlessly! I am glad once more to have removed the prior project.


I like the color variations of the handspun. That’s why I chose the pattern I did – I thought the handspun would come through nicely and it is!

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Green scarf begun

I have begun weaving the green scarf. The pattern is also an interrupted twill, but a different treadling than the purple scarf.
6 inches are completed. It’s not quite the look I thought I would have but weaving is smooth, the selvedges look good. I’m beating a little less with this one.
I should get a good part of this scarf done today!

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Scarf – update

I have woven about 18 inches on scarf number one. I am near to doing the mend on the two broken ends – probably tonight!
I am enjoying this weaving – the pattern is simple, the selvedges are fairly smooth, tension is good, the sheds are nice and open. Errors are immediately visible so immediately corrected!
Off to the NH Guild today!
I am back from the Guild. I am always overwhelmed by so much weaving talk! In the am, Sara Fortin moderated a discussion of setting up projects, what inspires what, how to use certain yarns, even types of weaving. I showed my skein of “pumpkin juice” and I asked about waffle weave. Everyone is so helpful! and welcoming.
At lunch, I went to the Library and immediately got overwhelmed by so many books on weaving! But I did put a hold on a book – Thick and Thin.
After lunch, we heard Micala Sidore talk about tapestry, today and yesterday and how the two are definitely linked. Lots of pictures and very engaging and organized.
So many new terms: deflected double weave, supplementary weft, cannelle, and more. I got lots of ideas, lots of inspiration.

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Progress on the scarves

Almost done with dressing the loom. Heddles are threaded, reed is sleyed, and ends are loosely tied onto apron beam, ready to be tightened.
It is interesting working with black! It really is difficult to see separate ends. And sleying the reed was more challenging than usual: 2 ends in each dent. Before I go any further, I am double checking my work! I feel that little “go quickly” urge but will take my time for this project.
Later same day…should have checked once more! I had woven the filler and two picks of the weft when I looked closely and saw that in two dents, only one end had been sleyed.
So I released the bunches these ends were in (the furthest three on the left of the project) and resleyed those.
Then tightened my ties, wove the filler again, and commenced with the weaving. I like it so far! The pattern is an interrupted twill.
Taking a break now but will return.