Woven Threads
Musings on Fiber

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, But Some Giants are Crumbling to Dust

September 27th 2011

Weaving is an ancient craft practiced for thousands of years.  As time passed, knowledge and techniques were passed down from one weaver to another. Sometimes techniques were kept hidden from competition but more often weavers would share their knowledge. For a very long time weaving skills were transmitted by hand and mouth — it’s only been […]

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Textured Weave Experiments

September 25th 2011

I love knit cables. And at times I admit to a bit of jealousy — there are things which are fairly easy to do for knitters which are difficult if not nigh impossible for weavers. However weaving does tend to be rather faster than knitting (once the loom is warped!!!!), so I guess there are […]

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What’s on the Loom: Boa Scarf

September 20th 2011

Currently on the loom I have a silk boa, inspired by a project inspired by Fashions from the Loom, by Betty Beard. It’s amazing how fast these warp and weave — with 2″ of warp and 2 floating selvages 8″ apart, my shuttle pretty much flies.  I expect to finish it tonight.  The one thing […]

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A Wool Gathering

September 17th 2011

Each year, A Wool Gathering is held in September in Ohio.  This year it is on the 17th and 18th of September.  Next year, it will be on 15-16 September. Wool Gathering is the first fiber festival which I attended.  It’s also the one where I purchased my first loom. It’s really nifty, held north of […]

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“Joseph” Redux

September 14th 2011

After posting pictures of the  “Joseph” shawl of many colours, I was requested to make a scarf in that same style.  I think in many ways it turned out better than the original — while the colour changes and interplay are not as drastic/distinct, it flows better.  Also, I found myself entering a meditative state […]

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Joseph Shawl Finished

September 7th 2011

Here are some photos of the finished Joseph shawl.  The model is my daughter, Althea.  It turned out rather nice for an experiment! It’s machine washable and can be dried, which has its benefits.  Next time I do something like this I think I might do it with a weighted warp.  Also, that way I […]

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Joseph Shawl (In Progress)

September 4th 2011

A couple of weeks ago I was looking at the Knitter’s Mercantile‘s Blog and saw an entry about a knit-along where they made a “Bermuda Shawl/Scarf“.  Seeing the twisty-curvy bands of colour inspired me to see if I could do something like this woven as a tapestry.  I figured I could attempt to do a loom-shaped […]

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Sometimes breaking “the rules” still works

September 3rd 2011

Somewhere I’d run into someone talking about using a painted yarn in a log cabin weaving in order to have a more subtle pattern.  I thought this was a neat idea and decided to try it with some yarn which Thea and I had dyed. On the loom, I was really disappointed.  I couldn’t see […]

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