Sunday, November 21, 2010

Verdict on the silk Inkle

I woven as much as I could until one of the warps finally snapped :(

Very pleased with the outcome - I spun consistent warps with enough spin to undergo the tension required to survive (well for a while at least)

The pattern came out well and the weave was mostly consistent. I am still struggling with maintaining the tension when I move the work on but it's getting there.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Progress on Silk Inkle

I finally got the Inkle loom warped and have started to weave.... Quite staggered really!

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

First silk Inkle

Running on the enthusiasm from the recent Reenactment fair I have been spinning silk. The first attempts at spinning fine silk from a silk cap were very encouraging, so I bought more:- indigo, madder, weld, cochineal and logwood. I was desperate to spin them, so a couple of days later I had 4/5 colours spun.

I spun singles with the intention to weave an Inkle, so tonight was the night for warping the loom.

This is the pattern
The top row represents the warps that go through the heddles and the lower row those that are not through the heddle. I drew out a few rows to get an idea of how the braid will look.

Blue = indigo
Yellow = weld
Pink = cochineal

The loom warped up and ready....

Well nearly ready as I ran out of Indigo silk while winding the very last warp - typical! So it's spinning time tonight until I have enough for the last warp and the weft.

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Jumper for Oliver & Cardy for Lily

Start on projects for Oliver and Lily

Oliver has chosen Red Rascal from the second Sublime book for Children and Lily wanted Daisy Crockett.

Here are the pictures from the pattern book

I have chosen pretty much the colours that they are modelled in above.

So far I have done most of the back for each. The plan is that they are ready for Christmas, but we will see!

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Inkle weaving

It's been a while since I gave blogged and certainly a long time since I have done any weaving. I was inspired at the Living History Fair at the Warwick Exhibition Centre to get my Inkle Loom out of the shed. It still had a failed attempt at tablet weaving that I must have started about 4 years ago! Well it was not very good, but I used some of the warp to set up my ridged heddle. It was a bit rough, but I got the idea.

After some more inspiration from the Internet I warped up with wool to make Lily a belt for Re-enactments next year.

Here it is so far

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Tea and cake anyone?

Well it will be a Lily cup of tea made with buttons accompanied by this Jamroll slice! More cakes on the way.... Got a whole set of them including French Fancies and Battenburg!

-- Post From My iPhone

Ooh it's been a while!

But I'm back on track with blogging now I can access this reliably through Glenn's iPhone! there have been lots of projects,so it will take a while to catch up.

Recently I entered the Broadweavers competition at the Coventry Spinners weavers and dyers guild. I knitted a shawl using the Citron pattern from I spun two yarns, both blending experiments on the drumcarder. They are inspirations from spring, namely bluebells and violas. I'm plased with the result, but unfortunately did not win... There is always next year!