Monday, August 10, 2015

A Messenger is done

My son asked  if I could make a messenger for him.
I have never made this kind of design before, so my hands are shaking a bit.
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I made a simpel sketch and here we go.
A combination af double-weave in cottolin and linen 16/2 and leather.
Few months ago, I was lucky, somebody gave me a 16 shaft computer-loom, I want to use it for this project in double-plain-weave.
I made a block pattern that will require 16 shaft.
I will use the border at left for the strap.
The warp was made in brown and unbleached cottolin and I wanted to use the same colors in linen 16/2. Well, I didn’t have the unbleached 16/2 linen, but I had some lintow 6, almost the same size as the 16/2 linen. It is not the same size, I can tell. The brown part of the warp got a bit flappy and caused trouble with the weft. Luckily, it’s the bright side I want to use. All the faults are on the backside.
I went to the leatherstore, it’s like being in a candystore, so many choises to make. I chose a dark/burnt orange, it was a small piece.
Lesson learned, remember to bring your pattern with you.
I had a pretty little helper.
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The piece of leather showed up to be too short for my design, so I had to make a redesign.
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I didn’t use the border for the strap, It was too much fabric, so I used leather instead. I used the border as the top of the linen.
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I made a pocket for pencils in some thin leather.
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Friday, May 15, 2015

It was meant....

I had to realize that I have become something of a cloth-weaver. How is it then was. So when I need to try something new, it often end up with tea towels, they are so useful and I suppose you could never get enough. (Wish me an extra drawer in my kitchen)

I came across a pattern in the shadow weaving at Eva Stossel's Weaving Blog, which I thought looked very exciting. Think, think, what to weave with the pattern? Yes, the tea towels are always good. I dress the loom with cottolin as warp, 8 threads / cm and I wove with 16/2 linen. It looked so great in the loom, I was happy.

When I cut down, I stood with a rather stiff and rough piece of cloth, but by the way, it will probably be soft and manageable after a trip in the washing machine.

Hm, it was not much softer after washing, drying.

The bottom line is that it was not for tea towel. I took a trip to the city, and visited Skindhuset, spent a fortune and went home and pulled the sewing machine forward.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Flowing inspiration

When I was a child, I was living nearby the sea. The sound and the smell of salt water is a big part of my memories.
I spend hours, just sitting and glance at the water, pure meditation.
It’s just so inpiringly.

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An undulating twill, I have done this before in pure white.
This time it’s a striped wool warp in blue and a merino-silk blend as weft.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Colors, colors and colors

I think I've been talking about it before.
All about colors.
Here we go again.

Colors and dramatic

Probably I wasn't the only one, here in Denmark, who watched the sunset view a couple of days ago .

The sky is just stunning.

Well, How is that related too weaving?
A lot.

Yesterday, I cut off my guest towels.

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Today I have to cut of cord ends, before zigzag between the towels, bend and hemming.

Here are the leftover from the first operation.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

From Wraps to Weave

It wasn't difficult too choose.

The battle was between the red and the red-brown.

And the winner is:

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Stripes, wrap samples and the Golden ratio

I'm doing some guest towels.

I want to add a stripe of plain weave.
How should this stripe be.
Where should it be.

Then the math-geek replies: the Golden Ratio.

The golden ratio has fascinated Western intellectuals of diverse interests for at least 2,400 years. Wikipedia.

As you can see above, I had to Google and I found a formula.

The calculation gave me a stripe 5 cm high, 8 cm from top/bottom.

I took my yarn and cardboard and vent to my Yarn-pusher. She has knitting party in the garden during the summer  It was rather cozy, sitting fiddle with the wrap samples and talking and meeting new people.

Then it's time to choose.