Tuesday, July 30, 2013

My cousin's scarf... the saga continues!

So here we are.

I need to finish this before fall.  It's been nagging on my mind for months.  I have written a book and completed a lot of projects in between finishing this one!  I thought I had made enough navy yarn, but no.  I only made it about 3/4 of the way through the warping.

Remember this project?  It's the one with the dissected polyester yarn.  I am looking forward to it being done!  This is a very time-consuming and energy-consuming scarf!

But it's going to be so awesome when it's done!

And it's going to match my cousin's hat perfectly!!  So perfect.

That's what I'm aiming for, that is where my focus will be.

Just get it done!!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Blue zigzags

Finished up the last of my rug warp!  This blue rug turned out really pretty.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Another rug!

I need my 8-shaft loom in order to finish more samples for my book, but I didn't want to let this warp go to waste!

The book is progressing along just great!!  I can't wait for everyone to see it!!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Sunday, July 21, 2013

New colors

I ran out of the bright 8/4 pink, but I wanted to try 2 strands of 12/2, which is the size of the warp.

 You can see that I chose 2 different shades of pinks for the pattern weft.

These are also more square with 4 repeats, and that confirms my prediction that it would be.

I haven't talked much about my book lately, but it's coming along really well.  As soon as I can weave this project off my 4-shaft loom, I can start with some of the samples.  I have 24 drafts that I created in the Bertha-style.  They are all unique and cool looking, so it's really hard for me not to share them right this very second!  I'm looking forward to weaving them up and seeing how they turn out.  I am also enjoying being able to express myself in a book.  It feels good to get this stuff out of my head and down onto paper.  Hopefully the book will be ready soon!!

Friday, July 19, 2013


 I took out one repeat from the repeat section and reduced it down to 3 instead of 4.


It is definitely weaving up more square, like it should be!

I'm not sure if I have enough pink to do anything more than a perfect square piece, but I know that there will be enough warp left for possibly one or two more longer runners (it IS only a 4 yard warp...) so I think I have enough time to experiment a little bit more.  If I feel like I want more, I can always tie on another warp.

PS.  The bending and U-shape in the above photo is not the weaving, it's the wide-angle camera this time!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


 Same design and warp, but now a pink weft!


And the results from the one that has been through the washer and dryer:

First, it doesn't look as U shaped!  This is a good thing!  However, it is very stretched out compared to the sample piece I did.  Therefore, I am going to wrap up this top pink one and begin a new one that has only 3 repeats in each section instead of 4.  And hopefully there will be enough warp leftover to try one more experiment: 2 strands of 12/2 cotton together with 4 repeats.  I still think this blue one is cute and I like its new home by the chair!  It's like it was made for this table!  (And yes, this table was made by my dad!  And the quilt on the chair was made by my mom.  And the quilt in the background on the wall was made by me!)

Sunday, July 14, 2013


This is pretty fresh off the loom, with exception to taking care of the edges.  It's kind of an experiment.  Usually I wash a piece first before finishing the edges but I have decided to finish the edges and then wash the piece.  We shall see how it does!

Now for some notes about the piece... First thing I noticed was the left hand edge and how U shaped it turned out.  I'm sorry to admit any faults, but most of my weaving has this U shape and usually I can hide it with the sewing in the end!  It's definitely more apparent without washing first.  Hopefully it will go away, but I have a ton of warp left so there really isn't a need to worry too much about this first piece.

Second, the shapes are very elongated, but I am hoping they will end up more square after a good trip through the washer and dryer.  The sample was sett at 20 epi, but it was a lot smaller, so perhaps I was able to pack it in more and therefore it was able to come out more square in design.  I hope this one shrinks closer to square!

Otherwise, I think it's a very awesome piece and I'm very happy with it!  I'm also very excited that I designed it myself!  I always wondered what Bertha Gray Hayes might have been thinking when she wove through her own pieces and now I almost feel as though I have gotten a small glimpse into her life.

Now I'm off to the washer and dryer!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Fest your eyes upon this!

Look at this beauty!!!


Look closer!

  And closer!!

 I love overshot!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Getting started!

 I have two rows done!

It's so cool to weave my own design!!!

I love it!

Friday, July 5, 2013


After washing and drying, I like the first sample (on the left) the best.  The other samples look too stretched out.  The sample on the left was done with a sett of 20 epi.

Here are some notes for the bigger LEGO overshot project:

Project Stats
Warp: 12/2 cotton in plum
Tabby weft: 12/2 cotton in plum
Pattern weft: 8/4 cotton in aqua

4 yards at warp board

Sett is 20 epi on #10 reed

52 threads per repeat, planning for 6.5 repeats plus 24 threads each side for borders = 385 threads total

19.25" at reed, or about 15.5" across after a possible 20% shrinkage.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


 Here is one last sample, woven at a sett of 22.5 epi.

We'll see what these do when we wash them up, but I think I am leaning towards the 20 epi, which is the far left.  

PS.  Don't get confused with this picture.  Two of the samples are flipped the other way!  Oops!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Sampling Lego mini overshot design

I noticed with my first sample that the squares didn't look completely square, so I decided to tighten up the sett as an experiment.  I'm glad that I did this, because I think I like the look of the original sett of 20 epi the best.  But this did give me a chance to fix the left edge and make it look better.  I ended up going with a 1-2-3-4 threading on both sides to get this look.  In fact, I like the zigzag so much, I wonder if there is a place for it in the design??

By the way, here is the other side of the weaving, which I think is even better than the other side!  I think this matches the original plan very well.

Technically if you measure the squares on this side, they are exactly 1.25"x1.25", but I am expecting some shrinkage.  I might wash it first.  If it shrinks too much, I might add an extra thread to the repeat, so have 5 threads in each repeat.  I guess we'll have to see what these samples do in the washer and dryer!

My book is coming right along.  I have a long list of other samples I need to weave also, so once I get the sett on this, I can get started on all those other little samples.  I have about 20 I need to weave up.  The book is looking really good, but I'm not sure when it will "officially" be done!  I have quite a few things I still want to add to it, but trust me, it will be worth the wait!