Year Of Projects: week 7

Again this week was all about weaving, or at least what crafting time I had – I only read up on techniques for three evenings, without any crafting, as I was down south where the heath was relentless!

Before leaving though, I did manage to make some more progress on my eventful doubleweave project: I wove 12 pattern repeats, and the other side is beginning to show:

Both sides showing

I really like how it is coming out, though it will take some time before I get to the end, after all it is two layers of pretty long fabric.

I also wound my very first bobbin for my very first boat shuttle (details here).

Half the space in my case was taken by my rigid heddle loom, so once the heat subsided I was ready to start warping it – it is a project with three heddles as I would like to test the design for the fabric for a dress, that I will weave double width on the table loom.

Measuring the warp and beaming it (i.e. rolling it on the back beam of the loom) took an evening, another one was spent threading the three heddles according to the pattern. This is where I got:

There are 4 pattern repeats, each pattern develops over 44 threads, and 44 picks, so the weaving will be interesting, not sure I’ll manage to listen to any audiobooks, at least in the beginning!

The scarf has a dark grey warp (the yarn coming down vertically) and a pale blue weft (the yarn that will interlace horizontally), the same combination as for my first skirt, but the dress will be green on green, these are the colours:

I am however VERY undecided on how to weave the pattern: just by changing how I raise and lower the heddles I can obtain either of the following:

The first two from the left are the two sides of the same fabric, the first from the right is same fabric (technically, the first two are the two sides of an unbalanced twill weave, 3/1 or 1/3, where you have that each weft/horizontal thread goes over three, then under one warp thread; the last one is a balanced 2/2 twill, where the weft travels over two/under two warp threads). If you have any ideas I’d be grateful. I thought about alternating all three, as in some kind of gradient, but at least on paper it doesn’t look too great. Aargh, what to do???

This is a year of projects (YOP) update. YOP is a Ravelry Group, and an idea – make a plan for the year ahead for all your fibre activities, then update your blog every week if you manage. The objective is to keep track of progress on any fiber crafts with maximum flexibility: post, don’t post, follow your list, change it – so really it is just an opportunity to get to know of more blogs and activities of those who share a passion for anything fibre crafts.

Author: lovestoswatch

I used to knit as a girl, then hanged the needles for two/three decades, and now I’m back, and loving it! The photo is my version of Linda Marveng's Aki, the first proper project after "being born again". After getting back into knitting, weaving has also become my passion (with a little sewing to turn my handweaving into garments).

25 thoughts on “Year Of Projects: week 7”

  1. Sadly I have no clue on the greens, they don’t translate in my head to what the finished will look like. The reversible red project is gorgeous. What will you be making with it? Did you tell us and I forget? I am still in awe of your skirt!

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    1. thanks Elka, you are very kind.

      It is the same for me on the greens, I think I’ll just have to bite the bullet and sample!

      The reversible project is yardage for a casual summer jacket for my better half (he chose the pattern himself -I thought it might look too “girly”- as well as the colours) – imagine a hoody, but without the hood, the pattern is from Sarah Howard, here:
      https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/590906058/gw-t009-s-xxl-unisex-raglan-sleeve-top?ref=shop_home_active_10

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      1. I don’t sew either! It is a miracle I even manage to sew buttons onto my knits. I am always so inspired by seam allowance or other things like that but am hopeless. There is a semi local to me place for sewers to work that I was thinking of going to but due to covid that idea has gone by wayside. It’s actually a cool kinda place with lots of machines and work spaces and people there to help and advise along with one on one instructions. I have friends who sew who have said they would go with me and help but again worldwide pandemic. Which might just be an excuse >.>

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      2. ha ha, yes it is an excuse! Look, until I sew the skirt I mentioned in this post, I did not even know how to operate a sewing machine! I watched a class on crafsty, that is all the instruction I had: and the best tip was, get a seam ripper, and if anything goes wrong, use it! Which I’ve done plenty of time 😜
        Just give it a go with anything, but I promise you, if I can do it, so can you 👍

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  2. The material for your hubby’s jacket is great. I love that it is reversible. The colors you have chosen for your skirt are pretty. I like all three of the patterns so I would be worthless in helping you decide.

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  3. I absolutely love the red fabric you are producing, I’m learning so many of the correct terms reading your blog. I started liking the centre green one first, then the last one and then the first, and ultimately can’t now decide which I like best. Sorry no help at all but I think they’ll all be great.

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    1. ha ha, well glad to know they all kind of work – I’m about to start weaving, and I have decided that I’ll go for a gradient, starting with the light, and ending with the dark at the centre, and then back, so as to have the darkest part around the neck. After all for a scarf more or less everything should do!
      Thanks again for your advice!

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  4. That deep (or bright?) pink (I want to call it magenta or fuchia or maybe raspberry) and white fabric you’re weaving is just gorgeous. Fun to see both sides! And while I don’t know enough and can’t envision enough to weigh in on which of those options for your green yarns will produce the best distribution of pattern and colors for a skirt, I’m fascinated to be able to see what a difference raising and lowering the heddles makes. Very interesting.

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    1. thank you! The red colour is called “Currant”, the pale one is actually not white but a very pale yellow, I’ll try and picture it better next time. The type of yarn (e.g. wool vs cotton) and weight you use also makes a big difference in how the pattern shows (or doesn’t): having just started weaving the scarf, the jury on whether it works for the fingering wool I am using is still out!

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  5. Your weaving is gorgeous. We are dealing with the Heat here too. Certainly takes away the motivation to handle anything wooly or yarny doesn’t it.

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  6. I love the red fabric you are creating on your loom. I now understand why hand woven items are so expensive. All the work you go through even before you get to weave! I would be hard pressed to chose one the blue/green desings. I love them all!

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  7. Doubleweave? Wow. Just WOW! This is so gorgeous, I really don’t know what else to say. As for the green on green, I like the second one best, with the dark green as pattern and the lighter one as background.

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  8. I like the middle or the right hand one, but I did think that it would look good as a gradient before I saw that you thought about it. Looking forward to seeing the results. Can you share the draft or point me to where you got it from?

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    1. thank you – I started with the middle one, but ended up unweaving as I did not like the look of it, I am writing a post right now, which should be up tomorrow. I am sure some such draft must exist, but this one is my own – I was trying to adapt an 8 shaft draft that was in HAndwoven Magazine for 4shafts, so that I could weave it also with three heddles on my rigid heddle loom. I don’t know how one can message privately here, but I’d be happy to send you my .wif file: are you on Ravelry perhaps?

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      1. I converted to 4 shafts, but still it is nowhere near the original. I will experiment more with the actual yarn I will end up using – the original draft uses two colours in the warp, perhaps I can find a way to make it work!
        I’ve pm-ed you on Ravelry with the draft 😊

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