Saturday, June 17, 2017

This and that as I weave away!

June 17th, 2017

A nice day for weaving....

Here are a couple of scarves I wove after being inspired by Jane Stafford and her tips on balanced weaves.  They are awaiting hemming!

But on this one I cheated - it has a nice long fringe - no hemming required

These scarves are woven with a 20/2 silk, remnants of past weavings.

I am using up my stash.  For two reasons....

The hopeful one is that I will replace it with new threads and go on weaving
forever and ever..

The other reason is that I don't want any of my children
shaking their head, rolling their eyes
and commenting on parents and their accumulations!
When the time comes...

With this in mind I have been gathering up my containers of wool,
sorting them into piles and colours,
or sometimes jut randomly plying two or three of them together.
Using the Indian Head Spinner, as shown below.

I end up with a lovely variegated warp
which I put on the loom
beamed, threaded, sleyed and tied
and then woven gently with a thinner weft.

Down in the lower left corner Callie sits on the throw
as it comes off the loom..

ah, but when water and washing
does its magic...

This cosy blanket hangs on the back of my chair
to keep Callie and I warm while we snuggle and read.

I am now on my second one

and intend to keep going until all those leftovers have been morphed
into something that will light up the children's eyes!

In the meantime our youngest son, on a trip down
from the Chilcotin,
very kindly put together my Countermarche, in the garage.

Here he is puzzling about what goes where and why.
I love him for doing this!
(amongst other reasons)

For the last ten years it has been resting, all in pieces,
because its User (me) couldn't get her
 knees up and down
to tie up treadles.

I have a DIL who is more supple than I and wants to learn to weave
and I'm not going to let THAT opportunity pass by!!!

My children are all so good to me, and sometimes I wonder how
Charles and I had the wisdom to have six of them
to help us in our ancientness!

God bless him this Fathers' Day!!!


Hill Top Post said...

What a beautiful blanket! If I weren't a thousand miles, or more, away, I would beg of you to allow me to come and sit with you as you weave. What a blessing you are to your family, and they to you!

Nora said...

Really lovely photos! I like all the textures in the weaving and wish I could weave. Wonderful scarves also. Have a great weekend. cheers

David said...

Wonderful creations from your remenant shelves. Your work is so beautiful Mom! Vince says you are weaving today and I imagine you sipping your tea as you rest your arms. I love your Garden Diary post... so nice to see that part of your creativity displayed again. ❤️

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

He blessed you Because He knew you would be great parents! And grands... etc.! The blanket and scarves are perfect.

Malinda said...

These are inspiring creations. It makes me wonder if I could learn weaving. It's something for me to think about.