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Going from 4 shafts to 2

June 5th 2011

In (Almost) Infinite Variations, I took a threading and changed the treadling in various ways.  Eventually I devised a “tabby” treadling of it.  Recently it occurred to me that the four shaft pattern could be reduced to two.  I really liked one part of the pattern in particular — it had very nice curves, so […]

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Neck Cloth aka Cravat WIP

June 5th 2011

I was looking the other day for cravat patterns — Father’s Day is, after all, two weeks away.  What better than a quasi-tie for the Neo-Victorian Father?  To that end, I found several ideas, but then remembered about the Mitered-Loop Keyhole Scarf after seeing some period cravats were basically pointed long strips of cloth.  Digging […]

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Felting Lessons

June 4th 2011

I’ve been experimenting with felting handwovens for making ponytail holders.  Along the way I’ve learned a few lessons: Fiber does matter Only certain fibers will felt. Wool and Alpaca are among these.  Generally synthetics and cellulose based yarns will not. This can be used to advantage — you can create textures based on the difference […]

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“Helix” Draft

June 4th 2011

I am working on making a vest with handwoven panels. I started out making a design specifically for the project — after playing with designs for a bit, I came up with the idea of working from a helix for the basis of my weave.  To the right you can see the draft.  The WIF […]

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“Starry” Draft

February 26th 2010

Handweaving.net has a very nifty tool for designing drafts based on Divisional Drafting.  The draft to the right is one I created using that tool.  It is a 4 shaft, 4 treadle design based on Tieup: Color Complementation Project, Draft #41017, Threading: Weber Kunst und Bild Buch, Marx Ziegler, (1677) # 22, Treadling: Weber Kunst […]

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Dyeing with Thea

February 26th 2010

Thea, my 5 year old and I dyed some Fisherman’s wool the other night using Kroger neon food coloring and kool-ade. It was definitely a learning experience.  For one thing, there’s the whole dying with a 5 year old and trying not to spill all over the place.  For another, we didn’t dilute it well […]

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