Sunday, June 26, 2016

New blog

I have begun a new blog which where I will post weaving posts similar to how I have here in the past.  I will be posting about other crafts as well.

I still do weaving here and there but I have been focusing on many other things lately.  This blog has been neglected for too long so I'm just admitting that it's dead.  Thanks for stopping by.  Here's a link to a blog that's hopefully going to be more active:

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy weaving!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Makeshift Light Table

I have been straying from weaving a bit lately to play with embroidery.  I'm quite happy with my progress but it doesn't make for many weaving blog entries.  I do have a custom guitar strap project in the works and some other recent weavings to speak about, so hopefully I'll post about them soon.

Today I wanted to share about a quick and easy light table I used today.  Not sure how it would apply to weaving, but useful for so many other crafts.

For my embroidery so far I've been transferring by tracing on white cloth what I can see from the printed page underneath.  With my current project there was one section that was too detailed, and the printing to dark/uniform for me to be able to see through.

Solution?  I used the light on my cell phone and placed it under a glass pie plate.  It creates only a small work space but it was plenty for this application.

I used marker and pen to make the parts of the design I was copying more bold.  As you can somewhat see in the next photo, the original picture is filled in with color since it is a picture of a mosaic.  

 Here's the traced result.  Not fantastic but readable which is all I need.  I will neaten it up as I sew.

Happy weaving! or whatever crafting project strikes your fancy at the moment :)

Monday, January 4, 2016

Supplemental Weft

I have made a couple attempts at supplemental weft.  One of them came out rather well and I think it's because I kept it simpler.

This band was a lot of fun to do.  If you're looking for something new to try that's easy and fun, I'd highly recommend it.

This band took three extra shuttles.  You could use bobbins or some other holding device since they don't need to be used to pack down the weft.  But I had plenty of shuttles so that's what I used.

For the outer lines I simply wrapped the extra weft around an outer warp thread.  I came from the same direction each time.  The weft was only placed into one shed.  Another way to state it is I added the extra weft every other row.

For the middle line I placed the weft every row.  I went back and forth like with regular plain weaving but only going under the three warps in the middle.  This surprised me by creating a braided look.

None of this extra weft is visible from the back of the band.

The most difficult part was figuring out where to set down all the shuttles.  They ended up all over my lap and I wasn't able to move very much.  Storing it away for the night without tangling them was also fun.  But I'm really happy with how the project turns out.  Hope you will be too!