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Field Report: Weaving Week, Part 2

by The SpinArtiste on July 28, 2011

Good Evening and Hello to all my Fibery Friends! Tonight we wrap up what happened at the end of weaving week at The Mannings.

As I mentioned last week, we (my significant other and myself) had to stay late on the third day of class to catch up so that all of our projects would be completed by Friday afternoon.  On top of it being a long day, at the very end, one of the looms came apart on us while we were working alone in the studio — stressful!

So, for the last two days, we worked on weaving a project of our own design.  I had been saving little bits of hand spun for quite awhile. This stash was really a walk down memory lane for it contained samples of yarn spun in classes taught by Lexi Boeger, Jacey Boggs, and Tom Knisely as well as corespun yarn from a sweet little batt made by Steph Gorin.

On Thursday afternoon, we learned how to warp the loom.  And, then, Thursday night, our job was to weave the whole scarf so that it was ready for washing on Friday morning.  Pictured at left is my scarf in progress.  Oh, I almost forgot to add that also in my stash was a bag of scrumptious Leicester lamb locks from Amy Urato of Bohemia Fibers who was the very first fiber artist featured on Spin Artiste!  I asked the instructor how the locks should be added in and he told me to open up the layers (i.e., the “shed”) and lay the lock in that row of weaving and then weave over top of it.  He said I could let some of the curly ends peek out.  I did that a couple of times and then I decided to let my true nature emerge…

So, here you can see what happened after I decided to break out of laying the locks in sedately…I mean, afterall, I spin “art yarn” — I must have TEXTURE, right?

Meanwhile, my darling SO was working on a very man-appropriate brown scarf with a black stripe.  And, he was doing a great job.  If you really look at his weaving and mine, you can see his edges are neater and his weaving much more even.  Luckily with all the locks and hand spun in mine, you get distracted from looking at the edges!

We both used 100% wool and the scarves felt a bit scratchy when they came off the loom.  I think SO was worried that he’d made burlap!  But, after the scarves were washed and had a little soak in some hair conditioner, they felt very nice and soft.

Here are the finished scarves drying in the sun.  You can see that we also have fringe on them — in fact, we learned some excellent fringe tying techniques that I wish I would have learned a long time ago.

OK, one more pic of mine so you textured yarn lovers can see more detail.

I still have to trim the fringes from the samplers and hem the tea towels we did at the beginning of the week.  I’m very glad I took the course as I feel pretty comfortable now with weaving.  I’m going to continue onto learning how to weave using a rigid heddle loom as those looms are small and affordable and suitable for the type of weaving I did on this scarf.  I also want to explore Navajo weaving as well — in fact, as I’m writing I’m looking over at the Navajo loom that SO made for me that we haven’t used yet.

As long as I can in this life, I will knit and spin.  I love the portability of knitting and I love building yarns from the bottom up that spinning entails as well as the feel of the fiber through my hands, but weaving is magical in its own right and it is especially enchanting with hand spun, textured yarns.

All the fibery best, Arlene

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