I love fall; cooler weather, we get “new” clothes for free just by switching the seasons in the closet, and college football!
We’re starting the fall off right (and a little early) with this new life in our household – our 10 week old Havanese-Poodle (HavaPoo!) puppy. It’s nice to laugh after the summer from hell that we’ve had, and it’s not been about the heat. I won’t bring you down with all the depressing things that have been happening, but it’s been enough that regular posting has fallen by the wayside.
I have been mainly weaving, since I can do that in small amounts of time between meeting puppy needs.
It all started with a new book from Amazon.
Next came the purchase of a double heddle kit for my Ashford 16″ rigid heddle loom. I wanted to try all the neat things possible with lots of ends per inch, as well as learn some techniques of weaving so I could talk intelligently about the subject.
You can see in this pic the tee-niny weaving, at least tiny compared to my usual 10 dpi. This is 20 dpi – two 10-dpi reed/heddles used.
Here are different weights of yarn used for weft; you can see how the edges were greatly effected by the yarn used.
Playing around with pick up sticks.
More pick up sticks, and of course, more interesting yarn.
Unusual color and fibers here. Silk Sari ribbons in various colors. Love the bright green with all the warm yellows and peaches.
Then about 20″ in I got really bored! All the playing was over. Realization: I am not that detail oriented! The yarns you see hanging are where I cut the second heddle out of the warp! Then kept weaving the remainder of the piece.
Conclusion: the small weaving detail is beautiful. The idea of pick up sticks to make pattern is really cool. Both of those things are not for me! I started weaving with a rigid heddle and the idea of Saori weaving – it’s much more free and forgiving. That suits my creativity much better than small and detailed!
So one small investment in a double heddle (it’s for sale if anyone’s interested!) to know that my next creative investment will be a Saori loom.
Followed quickly by a weekend workshop to fully explore the fun!