Saturday, April 2, 2011

New starts

I've managed to weave 4 runners from the warp, the two on the right have stripes of darker weft, the two on the left are woven with the same weft throughout. The one at the back (right) has white cotton slub added to the weft - little white bumps :-)

This is the runner with different stripes weft on my table. I personally love table runners and these are so easy to wash and don't require ironing (Yeah!)

 I've made a start on setting my table loom up for the blanket.
Here I am finished threading and will do the warping tomorrow (front to back).
It's a 9m long warp, because I am hoping to also make a wrap-around blanket for me to keep warm in the evenings, when I sit at the PC  or do spinning.
Since the loom is not large enough for the full size blanket, I will weave 3 panels which I will probably crochet together (that worked well on my bed spread), hence the long warp.

My tapestry loom is set up with the starter strip woven and the start of the design traced on to the warps.
It will be woven from the side - which is why the tree is laying down :-)
I have spent several hours already searching for "the right colours" but will start weaving next week.
There should be more interesting photos next time :-)


Anonymous said...

Congratulations! It's good to see another tapestry on its way. I wish you the best of luck and much enjoyment as you work out colours to use.
All the best too for your blanket. I'm very interested to see how it will turn out. I think it's quite the undertaking but I'm sure when you are wrapped up and warm it will be very satisfying.
The table runners have turned out so well. I like the variation of colours in them. Nice and cheerful!
All the best to you for happy weaving. I'm looking forward to the next update! :-)


Vera L Hazelgrove said...

Thank you Tikarma,
It is very kind of you to read and write while you are so busy!
Funny, I thought the same thing today about the blanket, it looks a rather big undertaking but I know I will enjoy the weaving!
The start is always difficult for me with every tapestry, - but once I get going all seems to go great!
My best wishes for moving to your new home!!!
with Love, Mum xOOOx

David Agnew said...

It is easy to forget, when looking at a thing of beauty, the amount of hard work which went in to creating it.
I love these glimpses you give us into the process - the process being often more interesting than the finished product.
I come away each time with great admiration for your creative talent and your industry.
As for a "wrap-around blanket* I guess that is what Tukarma means when she refers to being "rugged up" :)
My very best wishes to you and Karley
I hope you both have a pleasant creative week


Vera L Hazelgrove said...

Thank you for your nice comment , David, - I do enjoy the different stages of the process, especially the weaving.
Actually "rugged up" means that one is wearing everything and anything to keep warm, one usually looks the shape of a snowman when rugged up, but keeps warm as toast :-)
I got in the habit of wrapping a blanket around me in the winter evenings, keeping my legs warm when spinning or at the PC, but of course I get carried away and forget and nearly tripped myself up when I got up to make a cuppa. Hence I like it firmly wrapped around me. I have worn my favorite blanket out over the years and the only other blanket I have is too heavy, which gave me the idea for weaving a wrap-around blanket. Just my "home fashion accessory"! :-)

Have a good week too,
Vera & Karley