Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Colossally Long Sash

I just finished weaving this sash and it's twice as long as me!

It's actual measurements are 3.5" wide by 143" long.
It was woven using carpet and tapestry wool yarns and is rather stout!

The pattern is one that I designed and like to use every once in a while.
You can find the chart for weaving it at the end of this post. 

The customer asked me to braid the fringes. 

This is the floor-standing inkle loom which I used to weave it.
It was home made using the plans from "Inkle Weaving" by Helene Bress

The sash will be part of an outfit similar to the one below, worn by a "Mountain Man", or someone who reenacts the Fur Trade Era. I have woven many sashes and straps for reenactors.
Click here to see a fun photo album of people wearing my pieces at a large 
Rendezvous event from 2010.
My Etsy shop, iWeaveSashes, has many straps and sashes for reenactors.

 The pattern chart looks like this. 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

And The Winner Is.....

Thanks to all who left comments on the last post.
The "Annual Birthday Giveaway" winner is Cheryl Taylor!
I'll be sending her the video next week.
Cheryl is a member of the Foothills Fiber Guild in Grass Valley, California.
In her comment she said "If I won the DVD, I'd love to share it with my Guild."
Wonderful! I am happy to know that!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Annual Birthday Giveaway - A Matter of Color

I've been exploring the use of color more in depth than ever now as I am trying to break it down and understand why certain combinations work so well and others don't. Color relationship is fascinating!
This is all part of my ebook which is in the works.
(There will be another giveaway later when that happens.)

For now, though, I thought that this video by Laura Bryant was so good that I wanted to share it.
It's called "A Fiber Artists Guide to Color". The trailer for it is below. It is definitely worth watching the full-length version. So, I bought an extra copy which I'm going to share with one of you who post your comments below. Watch the 2-minute version below and then read on to see what to do.

In this video, Laura shares her axiom in regards to color.
"You don't get WOW by doing the expected."
Good advice, Laura!

There must be other bits of wisdom that people think of as they are working with color.
Do you have any such saying in regards to color? A tidbit of scientific information? A tip?
A rule that you live by in regards to color? A truth? A discovery?

If so, please add it to the comments on this post and I'll pick at random, one of the commenters to receive a copy of the full-length DVD.

IMPORTANT: Check back on January 30th to see who the lucky winner is. If you are the winner, I'll need to get your mailing address from you. 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Weaving Letters on an Inkle Band

There are several ways to weave letters in a warp-faced band. The method described here is
relatively easy to understand, simple to set up, and it produces pretty crisp letters. 
It is my favorite so far. It is woven on the horizontal bar threading. 
After reading the information below, you can follow the link at the bottom of the post to see a demonstration video on my YouTube channel. 

The letter chart illustrates how each letter is made up of blocks. Each block represents 3 warp threads. Each letter is 5 blocks (or fifteen threads) tall.
Most letters are 3 blocks (shed rows) wide, although letters with diagonal lines and a few others will take 4-5 blocks (sheds) to complete.

The letters will run horizontally along the woven band as in the photos below.
All comments to follow will refer to this brown and turquoise band.
The 15 turquoise threads which form the letters were warped through the heddles and the 15 brown ones which form the background were open.

Here is the diagram for warping the band pictured: 

 A big advantage of the horizontal bar threading is that many of the letters have a straight upright which is naturally formed in the shed row where the turquoise threads are on the top layer.
When not needed as part of the letter, you must drop the turquoise out of the way (to the bottom layer) and pick up the brown from below. Think of the threads in pairs; consider a brown thread and a turquoise thread which are next to each other as a pair. So, whenever you drop a turquoise thread, you must pick up its corresponding brown thread (the one just to its right) from below. Conversely, when you need to pick up a turquoise from the bottom layer, you must drop its corresponding brown thread.

The letter chart above shows the letters standing upright, however, as you weave the letters, they will be formed on their sides. You may want to print out the letter chart, so that you can turn it on its side and use it as a guide while weaving.  I have turned the graph of the word "COULD" below on its side so that you can read it the way you would be weaving it.

The letter C is formed in 3 sheds by the following steps:
Row 1: Start the letter by weaving a plain row in the shed with turquoise on top. This will form the first upright of the letter C. Pass weft. Change sheds. Beat.  
Row 2: All brown will be on top. Using your fingers or a pickup stick from left to right, keep the border threads on top. Next you will pick a turquoise and drop a brown. Repeat two more times so that you now have 3 turquoise on your top layer. Keep the next 9 brown on your top layer. Next pick up turquoise and drop brown for the next three. Keep the border threads. Hold all of  these up as you pass the weft. Change sheds. Beat.
Row 3: All turquoise will be on top. From left to right: Keep the border threads. Keep the first 6 turquoise. Drop turquoise and pick up brown. Repeat two more times so that you have 3 brown on top. Keep the last 6 turquoise on top. Keep the border threads.  Pass the weft. Change sheds. Beat.

Watch the video here:

If you would like to purchase a copy of this blog post, formatted in a document so that you can easily print it out, you will find it here in my Etsy shop: