I finally finished my weaving project. I think it turned out quite nice. It was fun to explore some new weaving techniques and stitches! I used several different handspun yarns. This website has a lot of good ideas and I used several of them https://aprettyfix.com/5-wavy-weaving-techniques/
There were some problems I had to work out along the way. Definitely make sure you leave more room at the top and bottom of the project while on the loom. It takes more length of warp to tie things off then you think. So…don’t look at the back of the project…LOL…Messy! More learning there.
Here is a sneak peak at where I’m going with the next one. I like the striking looks of all natural color but am wondering about adding some color in the next one.
But then I have seen some really cool weaving’s using natural colors too!
Can’t wait to get into the studio tomorrow and see where i am lead!
I have almost finished my first weaving. This one started with a crochet background and then filled in with different stitches. It still needs some tweaking. I am not sure I like the fringe and I think it needs another row of white stitches. It also needs it’s permanent hanger. I enjoyed crocheting with my art yarn I spun. It added some extra texture that I liked. The crochet went fast and I still got the fun of weaving after. It is something I would do again 🙂
My next project is using a picture frame for a loom. I have warped it by wrapping the warp threads over and under the edge of the frame similar to this:
This is my inspiration!
Of course as usual, when I went to assemble all my supplies there was one yarn I did not have! True to my commitment to only using what I have I needed to make some chunky yarn. I found some I had spun and then plied it for a chunkier version…it has potential for the fringe.
Or I might use this chunky white that I spun on my electric spinner…
Speaking of the electric spinner…
It has been YEARS!!!! since I used it. I bought it when my left knee was really bad before the knee replacement. I was doing a lot of spinning then and thought this would help. I found that even though it helped my knee I missed the rhythm of using hands and feet together. But yesterday I needed to spin some yarn up quick and did not have another wheel at the studio. It worked PERFECT!!!! I didn’t even miss not using my feet.
I now have all supplies ready and off I go to get this project underway….stay tuned!
I learned a new word today…Macraweaving. For the past week I have been researching what to do with all my extra stash of fiber & yarn. This journey has lead me to weaving. I have seen some fantastic works of art using the combination of fiber (roving) and yarns of all types!
I have woven in the past but the prospect of having to warp the loom was always very daunting! For many years I wove on triangle looms as you do not have to warp that type of loom.
It’s not that I can’t warp a loom. I do know how…LOL. But it can be very tedious and time consuming. I am a get at it and get it done kind of person.
My search recently lead me to some different devices for using a loom.
The most intriguing and, quite frankly, seemed the easiest, was using a picture frame for a loom.
I went to the dollar store to find a cheap frame. There were none but I found a wall hanging and took it all apart so I could use the wooden frame. I am now getting my colors together and will start later today.
My search lead me to using macrame in these weaving projects. You all remember macrame? Those plant hangers we saw in the 70’s & 80’s
Macrame has been around since the 13th century. It is a process of tying knots in a cord to form a pattern. Like most crafts, it started with a functional purpose. Homemakers first used the art of tying knots as a way to tie off rugs to keep them from fraying. Now macramé wall hangings are experiencing a revival as crafted goods are more sought after. Our society seems to be having a gut reaction to all of the processed nonsense that we consume daily.
Although the knotted weaves are most popular hanging as tapestries, the art form crops up in new ways, too.
So put macrame and weaving together and both have become a modern art form….Macraweaving is born. I found some really cool websites using this art form as well as incorporating fabric and bits of knit and crochet samples. They are just stunning!
My favorite is the work done by two sisters in Australia, Lauren and Kass Hernandez, Australian-born sisters of Filipino heritage based in Sydney.
They have taken this art form to a whole other level!!
I am so inspired so off to my studio and make some modern wall art!
This image came up in my Facebook feed this morning. As we enter into a new year I am reminded of a simpler time in life. One in which the magic of Christmas was in homemade gifts and family traditions!
Each year my Auntie would make us all (4 in total) a new set of hat, mittens & a scarf. We would eagerly go outside with our sleds and try out our new gifts. Mother would have to take a picture of our colorful prizes (even though the film was black & white!). We just wanted to capture the moment.
As I reflect on those days I remember all the love we had for each other as siblings and the fun we had going out in the cold. We are grown now and have just recently, due to an accident to my younger brother, have all come back together. The last quarter of 2019 was a trying time for our family but with a happy ending!
Now as 202o rolls in I am going to make this the best year ever and remember the acronym KISS: Keep IT Simple Stupid! I have a habit of going bigger then I need to and making things more complicated then they need to! So this year I am focusing on de-cluttering my house. A much needed process. (My hubby is in the backroom cleaning now as I write this…LOL)
I am also making a BIG Commitment to my business this year! I am making a vow to do things with what I have….and I have A LOT! When I look around my studio I see so much potential. And there in lies the problem…too much stuff, too many ideas that I get overwhelmed.
Here is to setting goals, making a plan, and taking it one day at a time!!!
If you are a creative person then you are probably like me! You have an unlimited amount of stash supplies on hand. Yarn, roving, ribbon, lace, fabric…YIKES where does it end?? I am feeling very overwhelmed again; especially since I have to do my year end inventory soon! UGHHH
So for 2020 I have committed myself to using up what I have and only buy the most essential things! I know…easier said then done. But I have signed up for several shows for 2020…more then usual. I need to finally make money at this business or I have told my hubby that I’m going to hang it up. Does that mean I will be entirely done? UH NO! I will always have something going on….LOL
One thing lead to another (you know how that goes when on Pinterest!) and I saw yarn art. Did I mention I have a lot of yarn>>>
OH MY GOSH!!!! that lead me on another topic! Yarn wall art.
That lead me to this….Dip-Dye Wall art.
Weaving isn’t new to me and I have done macrame and dyeing before; so looks like I may have a direction. My goal is to create art pieces that I can not only sell but also make kits for smaller versions to sell to the fiber community and teach classes!
All of these projects would also be kid friendly and a great way to get the younger generation involved in the arts! Now that I like.
The other day I wrote about making a felted journal cover. I have started mine and pictures soon to follow. If you are not into making that big of a project, making bookmarks maybe the way to go. They also use little bits of fiber and you can use scraps of just about anything for embellishments! These bookmarks were made from one piece of felt made using the wet felting method. You can find the tutorial here: https://feltingsupplies.livingfelt.com/Wet-Felting-Bookmarks-Kit_p_571.html
If you would rather needle felt your bookmark, they can be made individually. More time could be taken to put in a particular design. Again they do not require much fiber and you have great opportunities to use up small bits of fibers! Here is you tube tutorial on this process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXjtx6APvEI
Fiber Art Cuffs—another great simple gift idea. Process is similar to making the bookmarks.
Aren’t these sheep adorable. The background can be made as one whole piece. The sheep are needlefelted and spaced far enough apart to make sure there is one on each bookmark. Cut apart and stitch around on your sewing machine. How Cute!!!
I’m fully inspired now and off to my studio to finish my journal cover and make some bookmarks for last minute stocking stuffers!