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The longer I have put off writing this post the harder it has been to get started. I seem to have left it for too long. It is not that I  haven’t been weaving, but a writing paralysis (or possibly a mix of procrastination and lack of discipline) have overtaken me.  I have kept up to date with everyone else and enjoyed tales of summer, family visits and some wonderful weaving.

I will start with my heddle saga. As you are aware I have a 1950s Bergman 8 shaft loom. It has hundreds of string heddles which I guess are original. They are hand made and vary in size. I was attached to them as I felt they were true to the age of the loom, and because I have been very much a learner weaver and was just thrilled that I could produce lengths of cloth. I put up with the non-standardised, annoying bumpy sheds which I was living with. I re hung all my shafts, carefully measuring to get everything even, and balanced the lamms and treadles. I was able to use cord without splashing out on Tex-solv Eventually after seeking advice and putting decisions off I contacted Don Porritt up in Yorkshire who supplies all weaving needs and takes enormous care in making sure you get what you need. He sent me a sample heddle as he had not met a nine and a half heddle on a countermarch before and thought I had got the size wrong. I t was far too long and I bought 600 of the shorter ones. Now that I have got a selection fitted it makes the loom look so much more efficient. I have woven 3 scarves, nothing complicated but an opportunity to get the feel of Tex-solv. Wow…what a difference. Now I am putting on another bath mat as the first one skipped so many ends due to the uneven heddles and I want to get it correct this time.

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The first thing I tried after spending ages threading the heddles onto the shafts was a wool warp. Not the most  sensible plan  but I loved the colours and conveniently forgot about problems with knitting wool. I managed 3 scarves one tabby, and two twill. The tabby worked OK but I really wanted the warp stripes to show and the twill covered then up. However the heddles were so wonderful…….never take good heddles for granted. I even enjoy looking at them, all hanging neatly, all tense, all perfect.  They deserve better than a soggy  wool warp.  Of course it streatched, not at first but gradually so that by the last scarf  it was almost unweavable.        

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This wool was bought for machine knitting and though some of the colours  the blues and the purple would have been passable , the greens were extremely elastic and it was difficult to find an even tension across the warp.

 

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I also miscalculated the epi and the twill diagonal is too shallow. never mind this was more about new heddles and the scarves will keep me warm in the winter!!!!!

 

I have continued scouring the countryside for plants which will give up their colour I have tried stinging nettles and scraped a lot of lichen off a fallen oak but it only produced a brown derived from the bark and the thin layer of soil which the lichen was attached to.

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I am quite attached to my growing pile of handspun so I have proudly  placed the skeins dyed with stinging nettle on the top!!

Apparantly if I had soaked them in the dye pot over night I would have got a greener shade, so I am inclined to have another go.

 

 

 

I had a hip replacement last year and though the pain has gone I am still not walking as well as I would like. I am having difficulty keeping my pelvis leval.  It drops on the affected side. I have been going to a physio which has improved things but I felt something was amiss. I saw the Consultant three days ago and he said he was sorry but the nerve supply to two inner muscles protecting the hip joint, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus have obviously been damaged during surgery and he feels that they probably wont improve and that I will need to continue walking with my stick. This happens to about 1% of hip patients. Before surgery he explained possible problems and side effects and I signed a bit of paper agreeing that I was happy with the risk.. I was sure that it wouldn’t happen to me!!!! In a way I’m glad he has recognised the problem as 6 months ago he was telling me to keep on with the exercises. When I get tired I limp and this gives me back ache……but I will carry on with physio and strengthen the muscles that are OK.

Rather than hang around I will get this posted and then hopefully get pulled along in the slipstream of everyone else.

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I havn’t  written a post for several weeks. I have been busy with family visits, going away, weaving and going to a dying workshop.I have also finished reading War and Peace which has taken me 3 months though it was the most brilliant experience, a bit like being present at a huge panorama on a wide  cinema screen. I have nearly finished Dostoevsyy Crime and Punishment, which I am finding incredibly modern and realistic about the workings of our inner conflicts and confusions.

 There just hasn’t been a quiet moment to sit down and concentrate.  I have also been experiencing frustrating problems with the behaviour of my computer. First ‘h’ got stuck and I discovered that it is one of the most vital letters in the English language. There can be no which or what or where without it. My husband got so irritated with my bad temper that her gently detached the letter off the keyboard (which I hadn’t dared attempt) blew on it and wiped it  and replaced it. Success. So that good. But then I found I couldn’t upload images in my WordPress blog. (This is nothing to do with aforementioned sticky letter) I have scoured the Internet  but don’t actually understand the solutions. I may have cracked it by allowing  pop-ups, but now I’m worried that this may open the gate to wicked and destructive virus’!!!!  If anyone has had similar difficulty I would be grateful if you could share your answers.

Now a quick resume of my recent activities….

I attended a Dying Workshop run by my local guild two weeks ago. It is an annual event and when I tried to get my name on the list at first was told apologetically that the same people go every year and are becoming quite advanced so it wasn’t really suitable for a beginner. A few weeks later the tutor contacted me to say several people had dropped out and would I like to come along!!! We were sent a length of challis (nun’s veiling) to divide up into sample pieces. Each had to be labelled before the day. I didn’t read my instructions until late in the evening before and found myself over sewing edges and marking (with cotton bows) each square to differentiate them from everyone elses as I couldn’t find a permanent marker!

There were about 12 of us and it was a wonderful day. We had 5 dye pots on the go, Brazilwood, Coreopsis, larch cones, Weld and an Indigo vat. People who had been before came with their samples already tied Shibori style. I was satisfied just to try the colours. I found that I missed out on some of the overdying but tried the iron bath to sadden the colours. We only used one mordant, alum which seems the safest and the easiest to dispose of.

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I realise that I could have got a green and a purple by overdying in the Indigo vat, but I am pleased with my first attempts and definately inspired to do some on my own.

One of our members has just written a beautiful new dyeing book “Natural Dyes” by Judy Hardman and Sally Pinhey, published by The Crowood Press.Judy joined us in the afternoon and we were able to buy it at the workshop and it has reinforced the dye bug even more!!

It has also got me into the idea of planting a dyers garden again. A friend has sent me a madder root to plant and a packet of woad seed. I already have by chance a large amount of Golden Rod which I had failed to appreciate was a potential dye plant and not a weed. This is a picture of the Golden Rod behind a lavender bush.

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I picked an armful of  just opening flowers and chopped them up small. At first the colour seemed rather insipid but after boiling, simmering and steeping and straining I found when I introduced the mordanted yarn it took on a lovely strong primrosy yellow. I then prepared some saved onion skins (saved over several weeks) and I was amazed at the strength of the colour. At last I am motivated to spin a quantity of yarn. I have no handspun stash so will have to work hard to keep up with my new obsession.

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I am definately improving my spinning skills though I still find the art of intentionally creating a particular yarn impossible. I just spin. But I hope this will develop with time.

I want to dye with stinging nettles next, but where are they when you need them. There are none in my garden. I have seen some by the roadside but imagine they might be full of lead which may effect the colour. After nettles I thought tea would be an easily sourced producer of colour.

 

 I have gone fron the sublime to the ridiculous as far as weaving goes. I decided to try out a heavier warp than usual and grabbed some thick white and black cotton to make a bath mat. I followed the example in The Big Weaving Book (I still feel supported by texts and pictures) I really didn’t take enough care over the warp or tie-ups and there are rather a lot of pattern misses. I also tried some rag rug tecniques at the end.

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I feel that this another tecnique to try. There are some beautiful simple rag rugs in this summers Vav magazine. I can also see the creativity in dying materiel to order and to match other things. It has opened up more possibilities and shown me the huge potential for the looms flexibility in design and use of materials. 

 

 

 

Being mindful of the pleasure I am getting from playing around with different tecniques and being wary of wasting money when not necessary I decided to weave small. I am weaving some Overshot bookmarks from the book “Overshot is Hot” The epi is 30 and the warp is 2/16 cotton. The weft is a mixture of 2/16 Cottolin and a thinner cotton.

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The purpose is actually to try out my new tie-ups. Daft to do this with such a miniscule warp but never mind! When I started weaving last year I was impatient to find out whether the loom worked and I didn’t measure things accurately. I would like to change everything to Tex-solv particularly the heddles which are the original string heddles now streatched and uneven. I have recently bought loom cord for the treadles,and I have recut these and burnt the ends to prevent fraying.

 I was unable to decide what to do and contacted Dot.http://fibre2fabric.blogspot.com Dot has been incredibly helpful, sending me samples of heddles and tie-up stuff.I am so pleased that she is feeling better having been feeling so unwell for so long. I have been able to try it out and as I was expecting from  Trapunto( http://trapunto.wordpress.com) her advice suggested that the holes in the treadles are too too small for Tex-solv. This doesn’t worry me as I like the cord tie-ups and I am not limited to the Tex-solv gradations when adjusting.

I rang Don Porrit who has been completely unobtainable for weeks, but discovered he was at the Guild Summer School most days in Lincoln. He suggested I sent a few of my string heddles and he will assess the Tex-solv size I need. Then I need to decide how many. I have a 24″ weaving width and 8 shafts. I think probably 700 will be enough.

Finally a little bit more weaving history. I bought Weaving Designs by Bertha Gray Hayes, a lovely book of small overshot designs collected by the Rhode Island Guild. It has some weaving history which includes the period when my great aunt and my Bergman where active 1930-1960. I was thrilled to find the illustration of a letter from Mary M Attwater to Bertha(1938) mentioning Mrs Fulleylove (my relation) I have no idea what the loom is which is mentioned but it does connect me to those eminent weavers, and makes me even more respectful of my quirky old Bergman!

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I haven’t written a post for a while but its been a busy time. I have had several gifts to weave which has given me a focus for things to make, and I think I have released myself at last from the Overshot bug which had be in its grasp.

The world around me is  experiencing great undercurrents and eruptions. Our government,which is nominally Labour but which has drifted into a superficial imitation and mimics the Tory Party has been caught with its fingers in the till. The expenses scandal has shocked the electorate and Gordon Brown is not able to handle it well. This has been closely followed by local and EEC elections in which public anger has brought in the BNP (British National Party) a group of nasty racists. Added to that we have had child abuse horrors in Ireland in which my Church( I am a catholic)  is heavily implicated, through refusal to face up to sexual abuse and a past assumption of power and fear of scandal.

This has led me to start reading some excellent  Theology books on Feminism in the Catholic Church and I am having a creative and exciting re think about myself as a woman and how that relates to Theology and religious language and liturgy. So weaving has actually not been my only activity over the last few weeks.

My sisters daughter was married this weekend in Wales. I realise that she is actually my niece but we seem to have failed to establish these familial relationships and I have never thought of myself as an aunt.  Because it was a long and difficult journey for wedding guests the couple said they did not expect presents. As they and most of their friends live in Scotland  it was quite a trek back to parents home for the celebrations.This was complicated by the fact they are living in a caravan on 10acres whilst they renovate a derelict farm. There is no house for the wedding and a marquee was erected for the reception meal. Portaloos set up in a row and either camping in a very wet field or B and Bs!. We all floated around in our wedding finery plus Wellington boots! 

I felt this called for something handwoven from the heart ,  so I decided to ignore her expectations and try out Huckabuck for a set of tea towels. I wove them in Cottolin and used a design in  ‘8 Shaft Patterns ‘ ( p205 672) .It was lovely to weave and I was delighted with the finished product. So were the bride and groom who were touched by a handwoven gift. It is so lovely to enjoy the creation of something and for it to be received in the same spirit. I suppose there is something very personal about hand crafted objects, both in their attractiveness but also in the time and care invested.

 

For some reason I am having difficulty uploading images this morning, so this post may come with stupid layout.

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I take my words back eventually the problem has gone away and I have an image and I can write around it!!!

Its still refusing to work properly and I am attempting to get Support help which is proving impossible.

This is a close up of the pattern. I was pleased with it and felt it was exactly right for tea towels as well as being attractive and a new threading for me. I want to try out all the pattern possibilities, an impossible task I know!!!!IMG_2632

I can’t text wrap either!

I used a plain white Cottolin warp and wove each towel in a single colour, choosing red, black and ecru, which was quick and easy. It provided me with a lovely regular weaving rhythm and the warp stayed beautifully tight and even.

A different story warpwise appeared with two scarves I wove next for my sons who were moaning that I never made them anything. I am trying to make use of yarn that I have collected over the years most of which is wool I bought when I was an avid machine knitter. I wanted scarves to be soft and to have that thing called ‘drape’. So  mixed some off-white mercerised 2/15 cotton with a thin 2/25 Italien wool, both of unknown make or content. I have wanted to experiment with block twill and I vaguely copied a scarf in the Interweave scarf  book (p30)

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The different yarns had different tendencies to streatch and I have learnt the reason for the invention of the secional warp beam! I had a wavy surface to work on, the cotton remaining taut the wool going soft on me. I managed but it was not fun and I had a continual tussle with tension and also maintaining the correct tension on the tie-ups and suffering erratic sheds as a consequence.. We learn by our mistakes!

What mistake? Well I failed to take into consideration the different qualities of the yarns and sort of hoped for the best. I could not fit a second beam (as far as I know) on my Bergman due to the way the warp beam is arranged quite high up leval with the shafts. The warp comes from under the beam over and under the back beam to runback through the heddles. It is also quite hard to find a position for a raddle which is the reason I have reverted to pre-sleying which was I believe the method Margaret Bergman envisaged for this loom.

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This is just a close-up of the first scarf. The white mercerised cotton is very shiny and takes on a silvery hue when the light catches it. The rather sombre grey has flashes of red and mustard yellow.

The second scarf is much more flamboyant (for a younger more flamboyant son!) I started weaving in the red and mustard and felt it was too garish as well as looking a bit like a Scottish tartan. I toned it down by having fiery ends and what appears black and grey blocks. I decided it looked like red hot coals and cinders…..a volcano perhaps!!

I am not sure what I am attempting next. It will be something which gives me a delightful and constant weaving surface!!!  It will also be something which takes me somewhere new and through which I will learn….and be challenged. There will come a time when playing will stop and I will embark on that length of cloth which I can make up into a wearable garment!!

Inspired again

My weaving life has taken on new heart and I am bursting with creative energy. The reason is simple. I spent last week end at a weaving workshop. It was held at the studio of a wonderful 80 year old member of my Guild. She offers workshops and tuition to Guild members in her studio attached to a lovely cottage in a village next to Jane Austins house!!! There were just 6 of us and Mary encourages each student to explore whatever thay want. She has a selection of looms and shelves of yarn. As I have taught myself using books I thought I should prepare a warp and get it on a loom under Mary’s beady eye. I also wanted to get away from patterns and tie-ups and think more about texture and mixed warps. I used one of Mary’s Harris table looms which I have been able to borrow to finish what I was doing. One of the most important practical things I learnt was that I am beating too hard as Mary quietly said, “Its not a rug!”

I also learnt so much from watching the others. I think it opened my  eyes to a freer approach and how to liberate myself from books of patterns. I have been working the wrong way round. Selecting patterns and then wondering how to use them. I am learning to imagine the fabric I want to weave and then start to work out how to interpret the idea. I realise this must be obvious to many of you out there, but I have been dazzled by the intricacies of Summer and Winter, Overshot and the whole caboodle. I actually love simple fabric, especially Scandinavian design and light colours, creams and white and texture rather than surface pattern.

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This table loom worked rather well though I found the metal heddles noisy. It made me realise how uneven my string heddles are. I ended up with a rather organic looking mixed warp which reminded me of wet rocks and moss which wasn’t intended, but as it was an exercise in warping and mixing colour and texture I can live with it!!

 

 

 

 

The next bit of inspirational help was my birthday. My other half surprised me by suggesting we drove to Fibrecrafts near Guildford so that I could buy whatever weaverly things I wanted, and we could combine it with a nature reseve and some birdwatching and a birthday lunch!!  Fantastic. I wrote a list of requirements, rather modest but things I really needed. A new shuttle, a drop spindle, linen loom cord (very expensive and most utilitarian) a threading hook for my spinning wheel and a wonderful book, “Mastering Weave Structure”  by Sharon Alderman.

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 I can recommend this book 100% and more. It follows my perceived need to imagine the fabric and then work out how to create it. The photographs are yummy and make me want to start experimenting. The weekend workshop also made me realise the importance of having a small table loom to sample on whilst weaving seriously on the Bergman.

The drop spindle is giving me a frustrating time as at the moment I can’t do it, but I will practice. I was thinking that I could spin on holiday but I wouldn’t want anyone to see me at the moment as the spindle continues to part company with the yarn and go rolling around the floor. I am confident that I will master it  eventually though!

As it was my birthday I grabbed a copy of Vav as well. I hadn’t seen inside a copy before and found the projects delightful and inspiring. I don’t think I can afford to subscribe annually  so I will have to build ideas from what I have.

We are going on holiday at the beginning of next week to the Netherlands with our camper ( its a Roadtrek from Canada). Derry will be looking for birds and that will take us to the Texelislands and northern part of the country. I enjoy birding but actually just enjoy being out and about in new places. We are taking bikes, Holland is so beautifully flat and for a hater of anything remotely like a slope well within my abilities!!  We are hoping the tulips will still be in bloom as well, so I am unable to start any weaving projects for a week or two. Hopefully I will return bursting with ideas and the confidence to make them a reality.

I have been following weaving blogs but instead of feeling inspired I have been feeling more and more inhibited. I have found that I have been putting off writing a post and had a sense of falling out of the loop. So today I am taking myself in hand and taking an objective stand. Enough ennui and lack of self belief.

I think I am experiencing a reality check. I have had the excitement of discovering I can weave, the amazement of seeing patterns appear as if by magic. I have struggled with my impatience, learnt to take time with each stage (still difficult as I want to get on with the weaving bit!!) But I am dissatisfied with where I’m at. I have become caught in a ‘copying the books’ trap. I was telling myself that it was necessary to get to grips with the language of weaving and important to try out different threadings and treadlings. This is all all true but am I just avoiding  sitting  down, concentrating and working  out something truly my own? 

I have made use of the library at my local guild. It is well stocked with weaving and spinning classics.I have recently borrowed Mary Black’s “The Key to Weaving” and E. Worst’s “Foot Power Loom Weaving.”  He has a wonderful stock of traditional patterns including pages of Overshot and examples of traditional linen weaves which look wonderful. I have ordered second hand copies through Alibris as both are out of print.

There are some comments in Mary Black which have made me think. I am weaving some Overshot place mats at the moment. I have taken the design from the  book  published by Interweave  “Overshot is Hot”, which is why  I feel personally addressed by the following about Overshot:

” Of all the weaves,this one seems to have the greatest appeal to new weavers and as a consequence has probably been more abused than any other.

“Fortunately, present-day weavers have a keener appreciation of design and use their weaving knowledge with greater discrimination and effectivness.”

That statement contains some personal truths for me and has made me think. I have been fascinated by Overshot, at first finding it fussy and old-fashioned, but then getting absorbed in the connection with weavers past and the intricate swirls and blocks. Though I have not attempted to create my own design and haven’t really fathomed out how it all works. There is so much existing material that it is quite difficult to be adventurous. Are my table mats which are copied from a book being ‘discriminating and effective’ ? I have chosen my own colour scheme , ecru and black and actually I like what I am weaving. They look good with plain white everyday china. They are rather fussy but as long as the china is plain I think that’s OK. I would appreciate any comments as I am not sorrounded with friends making helpful criticisms

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I am repeating the central pattern three times instead of the once shown in the book  (does that count for originality!!!) as my prototype mat shrunk an inch each way and I want them larger than the place setting. The joke is we hardly ever use table cloths let alone mats but theres always a first time for civilization to hit. I am hoping to get four out of the warp…..the dining room table won’t fit more people anyway!!

 

 

I have been analysing my best china, which my mother passed on to me recently. Its pink Spode and needs a plain weave mat with some surface texture. I also have some pink and blue Royal Doulton. It comes out at Christmas and the rare occasions when we entertain.

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 This is a pudding dish in Spode Camilla. I wish it was blue Spode but never mind. I think it needs a deep pinky red textured weave. There are 12 of everything all sitting in the back of a kitchen cupboard. Enough for 12 for dinner and 12 for afternoon tea !!!!!! I don’t envisage weaving place mats for 12. Where would they all sit anyway?

 

 

                                                            I also have a smaller set of Royal Douton which is also mainly pink but has some deep blue and a green mixed in…

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I have to now accept that the creative process has started and just needs some thought, experiment and time to develop a pleasing weave. It will not be Overshot but possibly a Swedish lace. I have recently played around with a sample piece using one of Ann Dixon’s patterns and found it makes a lovely fabric

 

 

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This is Swedish lace, it would look a little better if not whipped out of a bag where its been folded up  for a few days and was pressed. It is actually very pretty.

 

 

 

 

 Its funny  that I started writing this with heavy heart and here I am planning something new and feel quite turned on by it. I am interested in a Russian psychologist called Vygotsky (1896-1934) He promoted an experimental method in which the tool used is the result. So here I am researching my lack of creative energy and attempting to define what I need to get moving. In the process of analysis (i.e. writing this post) I have found myself rekindled, planning future projects, using personal imagination, and feeling a lot better!!!

The sun is shining and I have just wandered out to the garden with my camera. The spring  flowers look wonderful. The colours are dynamic. Thought I might share them with you.

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I am going to a weekend weaving workshop this Saturday, so with one thing and another I am back on track.

We have just spent a long weekend with our son and his family in Paris. We travelled on Eurostar and rented an appartment. lt wasn’t quite April  but just a few days before. The aim was to introduce the city to the children aged 9, 7 and 18 months. So we needed to think tourism from a  little persons point of view. The sun shone ( sometimes) and it was quite chilly, but we did lots. Sailed model boats on the pond in the Jardin du Luxumburg,  sent the  older 2 children up the Eiffel Tower, and ate falafel in the Rue de Rosiers.

 We negotiated the Metro and bus system with a baby buggy, 4 adults and 3 children. I am exhausted and now crashed out at home trying to regain some life energy!!! But it was worth it.

Luke (number 2 son) had put in a request for a red scarf to wear in the summer and to take over from the black herringbone one I wove at Christmas.. In the few days before travelling I wove a pink scarf with left over Cottolin and some ecru cotton. Not ideal but it just happens to match a new pinkish sweater he had bought,  which was lucky as I didn’t know he had it.

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This was taken at Shakespeare bookshop on the Left Bank. An amazing English language bookshop where you can browse, play the piano, and write a novel !!!!

 

The scarf is just visible, though all scrunched up. Despite excessive scrunch it looked chic and kept the wind out.

 

 

 

Through the shop window there is this qintessential view of Notre Dame

 

 

 

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Once recovered I will rejoin my weaving journey.

I had been putting off writing this post until I had completed my Summer and Winter cushion covers. I intended to have pictures of them all in a row sewn up and looking good.  However a discovery in the attic has taken up my time and attention!!

I was looking for spare duvets in a small attic cupboard which I never look in normally. To my horror (initial) I discovered 3 bags of unwashed fleeces which we brought with us when we moved here 14 years ago. We had lived in a remote water mill with 7 acres and had sheep. I learnt to spin and thought I would have time to spin them. A new life took over and I completely forgot them. I haven’t used my spinning wheel since then.

There was no sign of moth or other disaster. So I decided to wash them and if OK spin them. For the last weeks I have been washing drying , carding and spinning. The wool seems OK.  Two are Suffolks and rather harsh the other is a Border Leicester cross and has long staples and is lustrous. Its excellent spinning practice. I am gradually perfecting my tecnique and the yarn is becoming more even and thinner. Thinner being the operative word. I am a spinning novice and had been rather pleased with my early spinning results which were actually lumpy bumpy and very horrid.  I prefer thin yarn. My goal is thin enough to knit a Shetland lace shawl, and with all this practical spinning time I may get there.I am amazed that the old adage ‘ practice makes perfect’ is actually true. I am becoming physically more adept and my body is learning the rhythm and feel of the process.

img_2013This is a kind of still life of my present predicament. Bags of dirty fleece buckets of water and baskets of fluffy clean wool.

I am going to have to dye all this which I havn’t done before. I have bought a book on Natural Dyes and have started to store onion skins!! I want to grow some Woad and Madder as well but at the moment don’t know where to get plants but I have found a seed merchant who has seeds.

Spinning seems a very slow process and I am attempting to devote an hour a daty otherwise I will never transform all this fibre into usable yarn. I would like to weave with it and make some clothes. I have seen a wonderful heavy tweed shirt which is sold as weatherproof for outdoor activities such as bird watching. I would love to weave one!!!

 

 I have finished the cushion covers but have only pinned them together at the moment. I have been fascinated at the way different colours have interacted with the warp which included a coral pink which I disliked, but I think it has been subdued by the weft.

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I think they will look smarter when sewn up and I am going to make them a little smaller. I want them tight and plump on the cushion pads!  I wove the smaller light one for my mothers 90th birthday present. Then I wished I hadn’t because I really like the three together. I had a tussle with myself and then repented and made another warp and wove myself one and have enough to weave another colourway as well. Its still in progress.

These are the colours in more detail

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The coral has almost vanished. This one is greeny brown and rather subdued.It was the first one I wove.

 

 

 

 

 

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This is red and vivid and was quite a surprise. Its a great contrast to the rather sombre green one .

 

 

 

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This one is calm and gentle and was woven for my mother (who is none of those things!) but I like the trio and I am weaving another (and another!)

 

 

 

This is a short post as there is  too much to do. I am going to a Guild meeting on Saturday. I think I will take my wheel and start talking to the spinners. I had thought of myself as a weaver but now I can wear two hats. Come the summer I might be a dyer too……..