Another finished fiber arts project

I finished twisting the fringe on my handwoven hand-dyed, wool-combed, handspun fuchsia rainbow shawl. It has a beautiful drape to it.The fabric is also soft and has a nice stretch. LynnAnnRose and I are sharing it. A lot of work spread out over more than two years went into this shawl, even though the rigid heddle plain weave structure is simple.

A fun & fibery weekend

Friday, LynnAnnRose and I attended the Albuquerque, New Mexico Las Arañas Spinners & Weavers Guild‘s annual Spider’s Market; I bought a cute tie-dyed tank top. I really need to get my dyeing studio re-established in Santa Fe!!!

LynnAnnRose finished her first inkle loom project, the flowery inkle strap for a Log Cabin-patterned tote bag. I helped her out by finishing the last bit of weaving to squeeze out a few more inches in length from the warp, and then I sewed the ends, cut the band off the loom, wet finished it in a hot soap and washing soda solution, and hung it up to dry.

I finished twisting the fringe on my rigid heddle-woven handspun merino wool rainbow shawl. Then I washed it, ironed it, and let it dry. I just need to trim the ends. Photos of the finished shawl coming soon.

LynnAnnRose also spent some time weaving her white huck lace poncho on the eight shaft floor loom.She’s doing a great job for a beginning weaver.

My Mermaid Scarf is back from a Las Tejedoras Fiber Arts Guild public library exhibit during the month of February.

A quick handspun rainbow shawl

I’m weaving a simple handspun, hand-dyed, hand-combed merino rainbow shawl on my rigid heddle loom. I dyed some of the yarn in cochineal, and some in synthetic fuchsia. The rainbow colors are mostly Ashland Bay Merino Top.I used my English wool combs to combine the rainbow colors into an easy-to-spin variegated top on my hackle.

Using worsted-weight yarn in a 12-dent heddle provides a perfect warp-emphasis fabric. The singles merino fuchsia Malabrigo Lace I chose for the weft showcases my handspun warp really well without attracting attention to itself.

I want to be able to wear this warm wool shawl before it becomes too warm. That’s a lilac bush blooming outside the window.

The huck lace poncho is on the loom

We finished warping and started weaving the eight shaft cotton and wool white huck lace poncho this weekend. We will weave the more-than-five-yard warp in two shawl-like sections that will be sewn together to make a boat neck-style poncho.

LynnAnnRose decided to add a pale pink wool stripe in between the huck diamonds for added nuance after we started weaving. Originally we were going to use a single, thicker ivory-colored wool yarn, but it didn’t contrast with the Meriboo weft yarn as well as we had hoped it would. Designing on the loom is an important part of the creative process. Sometimes pieces look differently when woven than you think they will. Flexibility is good.

We’re weaving the fabric upside down so that we can weave the pink yarn ends as we’re weaving the fabric into the warp floats on top that will be inside the poncho when it’s finished.

A flowery inkle strap for a Log Cabin-patterned tote bag

I warped my Schacht inkle loom this weekend for a tote bag strap with the help of my wife, who has never woven on an inkle loom before. The band uses a 3/2 mercerized pink cotton yarn from WEBS, a doubled 5/2 UKI light blue yarn for the flower petals, and yellow carpet warp mixed with hand-dyed rainbow-colored 5/2 tencel for the flower centers. The band’s plain weave flower design is a simplified version of the “clasped warp” technique in The Weaver’s Inkle Pattern Directory; that pattern uses multiple warp yarns to change the colors of the flower centers. I cheated by using the rainbow tencel to change colors automatically. My wife will weave the inkle band, as well as the main fabric for the tote bag on the rigid heddle loom. Of course, the kitties kept us company as we worked.

The Rose Scarf is finished & a new project is already underway

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LynnAnnRose’s first completed rigid heddle project. She did a great job keeping the selvedges straight. One 100g ball of fingering/sock singles yarn sett at 24 epi (really 12 epi, two ends per slot and hole). Weft yarn: 20/2 mercerized cotton for a warp-emphasis fabric. Super soft and drapey. I love how the yarn striping turned out. About 70 inches in length. I twisted the four-inch fringe by hand for her because the yarn was really “sticky” due to loose fibers. I wet finished the scarf in hot water and synthrapol fabric detergent.

We’ve started a second project together, this time on my eight shaft floor loom: a white three-block huck lace poncho for her with a 3/2 mercerized cotton warp and DK weight Frog Tree Meriboo weft (merino/bamboo), unfortunately a discontinued yarn; we have just enough of it on hand. In between each row of huck lace diamonds will be a stripe of worsted weight wool yarn for additional texture. I’m threading the reed at 12 epi right now. LynnAnnRose will do a lot of  the weaving herself, her first shaft loom project.

We will be weaving the fabric upside down (pictured) so that the worsted weight yarn ends can be easily woven back into the fabric through the huck lace warp floats on the back of the fabric.

My newest shawl is finished

My finished eight shaft undulating twill peacock-themed shawl worn by it’s new owner. Hand painted tencel warp from iowaweaver and deep royal purple mercerized cotton weft from Lunatic Fringe Yarns. Visit my Etsy shop to contact me about a custom order for you.

I’m almost done with my peacock shawl

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I’m almost done twisting fringe and adding beads on my latest shawl for a client. Wet finishing and ironing will be the final step. Pablo is always such a helpful companion.

Twisting fringe on my newest shawl

I’m finishing the fringe on my commissioned iridescent peacock shawl. I hemstitched the end before unrolling the fabric from the loom. The buyer chose purple amethyst and green malachite chip beads and pearly gray round beads for decorating the fringe. The kitties are keeping me company. The final step will be wet finishing the fabric in hot water and soap, as is usual for cellulose fabrics like this shawl, which has a tencel warp and cotton weft.

Pablo and my inkle loom

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We’re turning our third house bedroom, which is also Sasha and Pablo’s bedroom, into the art room. We have more looms, like this inkle loom , more yarn, acrylic paints, crafting sea shells, sewing supplies, other arts and crafts supplies, plus two tables for working. I bought the Schacht inkle loom from a Flagstaff, Arizona weaver a couple of years a ago.