Category Archives: Spinning and weaving

The orange warp is exhausted

The warp is exhausted but I am ready for more! I made two scarves, a table mat and got a bunch of nice “ties” from the loom waste. Since Robin had me tie up the treadles 4, 3, 2, 1, I was able to discover two techniques, weft floats and inlay on my own. I later found a blog describing the same treadling pattern and calling it Moorman Technique. What is cool about it is that it leaves the sari silk on the top layer and the cotton makes a smooth backing, see pix of table mat below. Next up I will try a stole. The warp will be dark grey cotton with dark red boucle as weft.

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Weaving!

I warped my Baby Wolf loom all by myself this morning which means….Robin is a really good teacher!  There are six main processes that have to be completed before you can weave:

  • measuring the warp
  • winding on
  • threading the heddles
  • sleying the reed
  • tying and tensioning the warp
  • weaving a header Continue reading Weaving!

The Dye-In

I had a great time at the NwRSA dye-in this weekend hosted by The Pines Farm in Maple Valley. Betty Crotchitt and I went together. The farm is beautiful and the outdoor dyeing studio that Lin has set up is something I’d love to copy for my own backyard.  Those of us who weren’t dyeing gathered under the big trees to stay out of the sun. It was quiet, pastoral and every once in a while a sheep would come up to the fence and baa at us. Too cute! Betty dyed some yarn in a dark grayish-green and roving in a bright sapphire blue while I visited, spun some baby camel and tussah silk fiber on my drop spindle, and ate too many cookies.

I brought the raffle basket that I won at the last spin-in filled with a mix of exotics to spin. I didn’t get a picture but I included hand-dyed bamboo roving, hand-painted sock yarn and baggies of tussah silk sliver, cotton, angora from Rosie, and mulberry silk. I also slipped in a packet of stitch markers I made, lavender tea light candles and some fancy French chocolates. I hope the winner enjoys it as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

I was looking for a way to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Meán Geimhridh and Kwanzaa in July and I finally decided to stick with tradition and have a holiday sale!  Not very imaginative, I know, but I am offering free shipping on everything in my store. I don’t have any stitch marker sets listed yet, but I will be making some for sale soon. Click here to visit Dunthor Design on Etsy.

Wrap & Roll

Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence. Abigail Adams ( 1744 – 1818 ), 1780

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Well, the class was excellent! It was a spinning technique called Wrap & Roll, taught by its originator, Sarah Anderson. Coilspinning is a cool-looking plying effect but the core yarn gets overtwisted which makes for a very stiff finished product that unwinds if released from tension. Sarah came up with a technique that alleviates this problem by using a spindle to hold the core yarn. You can see her spinning this way, using a wheel and spindle here (part 1) and here (part 2).

I really wasn’t getting the technique at all until it finally occurred to me that my spatial-perception-learning-disability-thing was complicating a very simple process and that the way the spindle was spinning was the way it was supposed to be spinning and I didn’t need to keep stopping it and spinning it the other way. Sheesh, Is that so me, or what? At least I’ve gotten to where I can think it through, remember I have a problem with stuff like left/right and clockwise/widdershins and save myself a lot of frustration. So, I got it figured out, then Scott joined me, and we had Red Cossacks at Kaleenka‘s kiosk, strolled the barns, petted goats, didn’t buy any goats, walked Robert and then left for home. Once home, I practiced my new skill, with diligence, until 2 am just to make sure I had really gotten it. I’ll post pix when I take some.