My eBook “The Mermaid Scarf & The Freeform Overshot Technique “ explains this flexible weave structure and how to design your own patterns and weave patterns designed by others in detail.
I wanted to weave a quick and fun project. Also, my wife and I want to improve transgender visibility and acceptance in this era in which the Trump Administration and Republicans want to erase transgender people out of existence by taking away our human rights and civil rights protections and abilities to protect ourselves from harm legally, such as my wife’s access to women’s restrooms, other public accommodations like being served in retail establishments, and employment protections, access to transgender health care, hate crime reporting, census inclusion, and much more. Luckily for us, New Mexico has statewide civil rights protections for gender identity and sexual orientation
I decided to weave bracelets not only for the two of us, but for others concerned about the safety, health and happiness of trans people as well, both trans and trans allies. The bracelets are finished with homemade bias tape and snaps. You can choose the length of bracelet you want.
Weaving notes: Transgender Pride Flag Bracelet
- Most of the yarn is 3/2 mercerized cotton (WEBS dark and light pink and bleached white). Because I wanted to use up stash yarn, some of the yarn is tripled 10/2 cotton (UKI light turquiose) and doubled 8/2 unmercerized cotton (the medium pink).
- The weft is the WEBS light pink yarn.
- 37 ends, outer ends heddled. The finished bracelets are one inch wide.
- I warped the entire length of my full-size Schacht Inkle Loom.
I’ve published Amazon Kindle versions of my Mermaid Scarf freeform overshot ebooklet, Leno Lace Iridescent shawl project ebooklet, and my Goddess Ruana project booklet. Follow me on Amazon to get notifications when I upload new ebooks to Amazon (the link takes you to my author page). You can still purchase PDF versions of all my weaving ebooklets in my Etsy store.
Also, I now have a YouTube channel. More free weaving videos forthcoming! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGUUm1ooZEn14ZsnGz95VjA.
Not a fiber arts post: I have a sustainable food and gardening blog here. My book, “Wild Bread: Handbaked sourdough artisan breads in your own kitchen” is now available on Kindle. Amazon is supposed to link the Kindle edition to the paper edition within the next 48 hours. You can buy the spiral-bound paper version here.
It’s been a while since I’ve woven a project on my 8-shaft floor loom. I finished tying on a hand dyed warp to the white lace poncho warp ends. This is the second tie-on. My Sanibel Seaside Shawl was the first. I have plans for at least one more tie-on.
It’s a huck lace threading with twelve diamonds. A second set of 20/2 cotton ends tied on to each warp end create a subtle iridescent effect with lavender, turquoise and mint green. Together, the 5/2 cotton and tencel warp yarns and the 20/2 yarn are perfect for warp-emphasis sett of 15 epi. The aqua weft is 5/2 hand dyed tencel.
It’s a long warp of 4.5 yards long (the cotton multicolored warp was hand dyed by a dyer on Etsy after the warp was measured out. I plan to make a long tunic vest with the fabric. I’m calling it my Northern Lights Tunic Vest.
Color, color color ….
My Goddess Ruana Project eBooklet is finished and listed in my Etsy shop. This seven-page, full-color ebooklet provides all the directions you need to weave and sew your own Goddess Ruana made from handwoven Fibonacci-striped fabric, a freeform overshot scarf, and a piece of commercial quilting fabric.
My finished Goddess Ruana. The fabric of the body of the ruana is Fibonacci-striped plain weave, woven in a 12-dent heddle with multiple sizes of weaving yarn: 3/2, 5/2, 6/2, 10/2. 20/2, with the thinner yarns bundled together to equal a 3/2 thickness. I wanted bright, colorful fabric. I sewed a tube of commercial seashell fabric inside out and made the neck curved. Then I sewed the seashell fabric to each side of the ruana fabric. I hand sewed the Goddess Scarf to the back of the neck so that I can flip the ends of the scarf over my shoulders. The bottom is hemmed. I’m have a lampwork glass bead for the front closer and the sides tacked together to prevent the ruana from blowing around in the wind. I’m now going to write a project ebooklet for the ruana and scarf: Buy my goddess and other freeform overshot patterns and technique ebooklets at https://www.etsy.com/shop/LisaRaynerHandwovens.
I’ve been sewing my Goddess Ruana. I sew all my handwoven fabric, and commercial fabric, on a 1950s Singer clone sewing machine (a Riccar). For sealing the edges of handwoven fabric pieces, this is the zigzag attachment and cab I use.
Weavers who don’t have a serger often use plain zigzag stitch to seal fabric edges. I experimented with the different cabs that came with the zigzagger and discovered that this particular pattern holds yarn in pace the most effectively. It’s a fractal: smaller stitches within a larger curving arc. This stitch pattern is very effective at making sure that no warp or weft ends are left loose.
Here’s what I do: I make two parallel lines of this zigzag pattern and then cut the fabric in between them. I usually hand sew rolled hems that are about a quarter inch thick.
I sewed a tube of the commercial seashell fabric and made the neck curved. Then I sewed the seashell fabric to one side of the ruana fabric. The straight pin with the yellow head is marking the middle point of the right ruana panel.
I bought a large, really colorful lampwork glass button to be the fastener for my Goddess Ruana. The color intensity matches that of the scarf and Fibonacci striped fabric.
I’m sewing the Goddess Ruana this week. The first photo shows the fabrics I’m using: I wove 14 feet of the Fibonacci-striped cotton fabric. I’m cutting the fabric in half for the two sides of the ruana. If you don’t know what a ruana is, it’s a poncho/cape-like garment found in Mexico, Central and South America. I will insert a narrow piece of the pictured seashell fabric down the entire back to open up the neck area and make the ruana a little wider. Then I will attach the Goddess Scarf around the neck opening. The plan is to have the scarf lie flat against either side of the front opening and the curl upwards to form a shawl collar around the back of the ruana.
I wove the red ruana pictured below a few years ago. It won a best of show award for the Coconino County Fair Fiber and Needle Arts division (weaving, knitting, sewing, quilting, embroidery, etc.). For the red ruana, I wove it in one piece on my 8-shaft floor loom, splitting the front into two halves and inserting a triangular piece of shisha mirror embroidery I made to make more room for my neck.