Sunday, June 19, 2011

3 Matching Bands

I have an idea for an outfit that requires three bands. The halter top would have a wide band around the bottom and a skinny trim around the neck. A matching belt would pull in whatever skirt or shorts are worn. This outfit would be for my wife of course. I got some nicer yarn out of my stash and set about attempting to make three matching bands. I wanted them to feel like they were the same band but obviously couldn't use the exact same pattern given the drastic width differences.

I'm rather happy with my end result though somehow the teal ate the green and the resulting piece is rather blue. My wife is a fire sign and her favorite color is green. These pieces remind me of the bits of flowers and shells mermaids stick in their hair. I guess that's what mermaids do, akin to how unicorns spend all there time standing in sunbeams. Anyway, they feel very water, which is not fire or green so she probably won't ever wear them.



I actually tried the belt twice. This is my first attempt. I wasn't happy with how much the brown stood out in the middle of the belt. The wide band and the trim had a mottled feel and this belt was just too regular. Not sure I'm explaining myself but below is my next attempt.





In this one I feel the brown was re-weighted back to being a secondary color and the entire band was more green and randomly patterned. I'm wondering if I should have had brown in the trim but don't really feel like revisiting this particular pattern again even though I really like it.

The belt I've rejected will find it's way onto Etsy sometime soon. The other three may show up there as well unless my wife decides she'll wear them after all.

I'm going to try this concept of matching bands again. It's a fun challenge. I'm also apparently going into a phase of making more mottled patterns.

Here's patterns for the four bands shown above:

R = Wool-ease Oxford Grey
H = Wool-ease Heather Green
E = Cashsoft DK Merino/Cashmere Blend Orange
B = DK Brown
G = DK Light Green
T = Teal (wool? single ply)
L = Patons Evita - Nylon Ladder style yarn, bulky, variegated green, grey and orange
color change every two inches

Wide band, weft G

H L R R T E H B G R L L L H T H T H L L L R G B H E T R R L H
.T R R T H H H B B R L L H H H H H H L L R B B H H H T R R T

Trim, weft R

G H H L L L H H G
.E T H L L H T E

Belt attempt one - brown center, weft G

R R H T L B B E B B L T H R R
.R R L H L G B B G L H L R R

Belt attempt two, weft G

H T R T L H H G H H L T R T H
.H B L R L E H H E L R L B H

The wide band is 2 1/2 inches wide. The trim is 15/16 of an inch. The belts are 1 3/8 inches wide. All of these yarns, except the teal, are a bit skinnier than acrylic but much fatter than crochet thread. The teal looked fat but being single ply it squished in a lot.

And just for fun, here's a picture of what I get to deal with when weaving or photographing. I guess the freshly laid out paper in front of the bird watching window was too much of a temptation. So long as they don't eat my yarn I consider it a victory.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Triangle Diagonals

I have a couple things I could blog on but I'm too tired to take pictures right now. Instead, here's another pick-up pattern.



This can be made as wide or thin as you'd like. Just expand the pattern out one side or the other. What is shown here is 13 pattern threads wide. In cotton crochet thread it made a band 5/8 inches wide.

The warping pattern is very simple.
G = Green
W = White

W W G W W G W W G W W G W W G W W G W W G W W
.W W W G W W G W W G W W G W W G W W G W W W

This pattern took me a little longer to get into the flow of but it's not too bad once you get into it. I will warn this seemed to take forever to do in cotton. Only set this up if you don't mind seeing it on your loom for awhile. You shouldn't feel intimidated by the length of the pattern though. The idea of the pattern is simple, it just takes awhile before it repeats because of the reverse in direction.

OOOXXXOOOXXXO
OOXXXOOOXXXOO
OXXXOOOXXXOOO
XXXOOOXXXOOOX
XXOOOXXXOOOXX
XOOOXXXOOOXXX
OOOXXXOOOXXXO
OOXXXOOOXXXOO
OXXXOOOXXXOXO
XXXOOOXXXOXXX
XXOOOXXXOOOXX
XOOOXXXOXOOOX
OOOXXXOXXXOOO
OOXXXOOOXXXOO
OXXXOXOOOXXXO
XXXOXXXOOOXXX
XXOOOXXXOOOXX
XOXOOOXXXOOOX
OXXXOOOXXXOOO
OOXXXOOOXXXOO
OOOXXXOOOXXXO
XOOOXXXOOOXXX
XXOOOXXXOOOXX
XXXOOOXXXOOOX
OXXXOOOXXXOOO
OOXXXOOOXXXOO
OXOXXXOOOXXXO
XXXOXXXOOOXXX
XXOOOXXXOOOXX
XOOOXOXXXOOOX
OOOXXXOXXXOOO
OOXXXOOOXXXOO
OXXXOOOXOXXXO
XXXOOOXXXOXXX
XXOOOXXXOOOXX
XOOOXXXOOOXOX
OOOXXXOOOXXXO
OOXXXOOOXXXOO
OXXXOOOXXXOOO
XXXOOOXXXOOOX
XXOOOXXXOOOXX
XOOOXXXOOOXXX

I love the way if you let your eyes unfocus you can almost see the pattern in the x's and o's. Maybe I'm just too sleepy.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Trying Chenille Yarn



I purchased a stash of yarn that included a large amount of grey and blue chenille. I thought it might be fun to try out. It wasn't.

My first snag came in trying to use it as both warp and weft. There was too much friction with all the loose fibers. I simply couldn't beat it down. So I switched to a crotchet thread weft.

The cotton weft allowed me to start weaving which quickly revealed a second problem. The grey yarn has a flat profile and the blue a round one. They did not pull in equal amounts. So despite an equal number of warps for each (plus one grey for the selvages to both be heddle) the grey came out a lot wider.

Overall what made me so unhappy was the waffle pattern of the surface. Maybe that's just how this yarn looks? I can't imagine people really like that though. It got a little less ugly on a section I rubbed against a corner to try and release the fibers from under the weft. However it also lost a lot of fibers so I didn't want to continue.

I tried to sell the yarn but didn't get any takers so now I'll just set it aside to try on the tapestry loom later. I've seen pictures of pillows that were made on a floor loom so this material is weaveable. I just need to figure out how.