Week Eight of Sixteen…we are warping the looms with very fine single ply linen warps. “If you can weave on a linen warp, you can weave anything!” says Becky.
Daldräll (overshot) – the 28/1 fine half-bleached line line warp above will be woven into beautiful daldräll square in the pattern shown below in natural linen.
Smålandsväv or Trampad Opphämta (Swedish), Skillbragd (Norwegian), Treadled Opphämta (English)…the design is treadled – no need to use a drawloom to achieve these repeated patterns. This is one of our upcoming projects and we began drawing various patterns on graph paper to plan our projects.
Upholstery Sample…. providing us the ability to weave for our homes in the near future!
Väv Immersion – Elizabeth’s shaft draw flowers, Becky’s demo of threading the opphämta drawloom, Elizabeth weaving her table cloth, Kira warping her loom, Kay’s monk’s belt, Kate’s shaft draw, Kira’s band for kitchen towels, Vickie’s single unit drawloom project (can you guess what it will be?) and the warp for our future damask tablecloths.
tammy weaves – multiple shuttles and designing on the loom has been a theme for me this week. First you see the monk’s belt I am currently weaving. I learned to create the leno (lace pattern) by twisting the threads together, holding the threads twisted with a weaving sword, and then weaving into the twist with the help of the sword to hold the twist. I really like the effect. The loom was set up for the monk’s belt pattern and I planned to use traditional muted colors of blue, green, red, yellow. Yet I had a yearning to weave this in pinks, and pinks it is! As I wove, I varied the colors and size and shape of the design. I’m having a great time with this piece.
Earlier in the week I wove an upholstery sample this was also designed on the loom, so it was a very playful project. Since I have a beautiful brown velvet sofa, (sounds weird 70’s, but really it is modern and everyone loves it!) I wanted to weave a sample that I might weave into fabric for a chair or foot stool in my home. At first the brown was too dull, but then I spiced it up with a darker brown (see the difference between the two stripes in the bottom left photo) and then it was “just right”. I enjoyed adding the orange, it really brighten the piece up. Before I would create upholstery fabric for my home, I think I’d play a bit more with a variety of colors. Any ideas?
Spring flax planting – We planted Swedish flax seeds close together in a spiral with hopes to grown thin tall plants that will be great for spinning into flax. (photos by Kate Bullen)