Thursday, 28 December 2006

Hope everyone had a good Xmas

Well it has been a lovely Xmas, even though it was just the two of us and the animals. Plenty of lovely food and wine and even a White Xmas. Not snow, but frost and ice for many days. Looks lovely but a bit chilly. Took a few pics just to prove it was white in SW France. lol

A bit of weaving was done as I made a scarf for a friend in tencel and singles cashmere, but sadly due to haste in wrapping I forgot to photo this one. It turned out nicely but I was a bit worried it was a bit loose, but after wet finishing and hard pressing it was just lovely. I have a to start a couple more in chenille this time, for a ski holiday for DD, so had better get organised.

Tuesday, 12 December 2006

Home again

Just got back to France after a lovely trip to Uk to catch up with family and friends before Xmas. Had a wonderful time and remembered to take a few photos. Weather was pretty grim and wet most of the time so it was nice to come back and see the sunshined and blue sky. LOL

Tamsin and Mike, and the runner recently completed.

Tamsin and Mum .

Julian and Nicola , relaxing after we had a lovely dinner. Followed by a pic of Tamsin there too.

Tuesday, 5 December 2006

Another runner completed, now running short on time

Well where does the time go. Just managed to finish another runner this week. I did the same pattern as the last one but this one was woven from 8/2 tencel in purple. So busy have been working up to midnight to try and get next warp on and woven. Off on holiday for a few days tomorrow so not a lot of time left before I go.

Friday, 1 December 2006

December already!

Just finished a Xmas runner for Tamsin. Took a pic whilst it was on the loom and then forgot to photograph the finished article would you believe, and now I have given it to her. Perhaps I can get her to do a photo of it on the table.

This was woven from a 20/2 red cotton used double for the warp and from a poppy coloured 16/2 linen for the weft. The pattern was taken from the Twill Thrills book and is a turned twill on 16 shafts. It was fun to weave and especially to see the circles emerge as I was weaving.

Thursday, 30 November 2006

Family and friends

Not much weaving has been done in the last week, but have had a lovely time with family and friends over the weekend. We all got together for a bit of a celebration a month early as we will all be apart at Xmas.

Just a few pics. LOL

A happy Tamsin at the bar!

Harry, Karen and Ian

Tamsin and her Grandma with Connie peeking in!

Monday, 20 November 2006

Upholstery fabric

My next challenge was to weave some upholstery fabric with which to recover the seats of our dining chairs. I wanted it to be hard wearing and to fit in with the recent decorating and furniture painting. After quite a lot of research I decided to us a wool/silk combination in lemon for the warp and pale blue for the weft. The yarn was called Zephyr by Jagger and was set at 30 epi to make it stable for seating. The pattern was one from and is a fancy twill on 16 shafts.

The warp was a real challenge to wind on as it was very sticky, and then to my horror the computer dobby decided not to work. It took quite a while to sort out as being August the loom manufacturers were on holiday, however in the end we found out it was the circuit board that had died and a new one was sent for me to replace and from then on the weaving went well. I wove 11 yds of fabric and now have to wet finish it and upholster the seats. That is a job for when I have a bit more time as now it is a rush to get some commissions and prezzies woven for Xmas.

Saturday, 18 November 2006

Table runner and mats

My next project was to weave a runner and some mats for my DD for the summmer. The tencel is 8/2 and I used it for both warp and weft in the runner but changed to a coffee coloured rayon boucle weft for the mats. They were done in a silk damask design on 20 shafts and set at 24 epi..

This is a close up of the pattern

Friday, 17 November 2006

First post

Hi Everyone, just trying this out so lets see how it goes.

The first weaving I did this year was to make some fabric for bathroom curtains. I wanted to be able to see through it, but not too well if you see what I mean, so I chose panels of plain and lace weave alternating and made it from a linen warp and a cotton and linen weft. This was my first play with linen so interesting.
Here is a pic of it on the loom.

Here it is wet finished prior to sewing

And finally the end product. Quite pleased with this first attempt, will certainly try more similar I think.