V is for Victory!

v cowl

I have woven a new style of scarf/cowl that I saw recently other places on the internet.  I cobbled together some hints and tips and was very successful weaving it.  You leave some unwoven warp at the beginning of the warp, weave for the desired length minus the width, then unwind and untie the beginning and weave the fringe in as the weft at the end.  I hemstitched up the side as I wove in the fringe and across the end when I was finished.  I can wrap it twice around my neck and I like to wear it with the fringe off the v cowl2shoulder.

In my opinion, a nice aran or light bulky weight variegated yarn makes a lovely cowl.  I think a plain solid, heather or semisolid would look great too.  I don’t care for the plaid you get if you use a striped warp.  The rigid heddle loom is the ideal tool for this.  I think it would be trickier on a table or floor loom.  I call it a V-cowl and I plan on teaching a class on how to make it at the Weavers Guild after the first of the year. Check back in a couple weeks to see the detail.


Finished Finally

I finally sat down to finish the last three towels on the warp I put on my loom over a year ago.

The first three were cut off and submitted to the towel exchange we had at the Weavers Guild of Greater Cincinnati.  Then, these three languished while I worked on lots of knitting and rigid heddle weaving.

Here is a picture of the finished towels before washing, cutting and hemming.

Caribbean Plaid Towels

Class is Now in Session!

Stripes and FloatsThe fringe is twisted and the sample scarf is washed and dried.  The class to weave a Stripes and Floats Scarf is scheduled for Saturday,  May 31 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. AND Sunday June 8 from noon to 1 p.m.  This class will expand your rigid heddle weaving skills by introducing a more complicated threading to direct warp using an uneven number of ends in the stripes and creating texture in the fabric by using pick-up to create warp floats on one side and weft floats on the other. You will also learn how to hemstitch at the beginning and end of the project.  Still don’t have your own rigid heddle loom?  No problem there, the class fee includes the use of one of my Cricket Looms for the week.  Contact Silk Road Textiles to register.

Floats and Stripes

scarf warp

I’m direct warping my Cricket rigid heddle loom for a new scarf class at Silk Road Textiles with shimmery, summery yarns of Bee Sweet Bamboo (the pink) and a cotton/viscose blend called Tandem by Tahki Yarns (the variegated). I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

The warp is a little tricky to make since we are doubling some ends and have some odd numbers.  We’ll also I be weaving it up with the Tandem as weft and using a pick up stick for some warp floats along the way to accent the pink bamboo.   Look for it in May or early June!  I’ll let you know when the date is finalized.

Honey for Waffles

I taught a rigid heddle weaving class the other day at the Weavers Guild of Greater Cincinnati where we focused on “Waffle-Weave on the Rigid Heddle Loom”.  In this class we learned about 3 different pick-up stick patterns that approximate a waffle weave fabric.  The waffley fabrics are produced with only one pick up stick to make warp and weft floats.  To end the class we topped off with a little bit of the pattern known as Honeycomb, since you always need to top a waffle with a sweet syrup.  The Honeycomb pattern uses 2 different pick-up stick patterns.  In class we took out the stick between patterns A and B since I had only asked people to bring one stick for the waffles, but if you actually have 2 pick-up sticks (or a an adequate substitute) you can leave one stick in (pick-up stick A) while making the “B” pattern.  In this particular pattern called Honeycomb, we don’t use the pick-up stick on its edge at all, so a knitting needle can even make a good substitute. In the case of a small loom like a Cricket this actually works very well since there is less space behind the heddle than there is on bigger looms.

I made a little video to demonstrate.  Please excuse the shoddy video quality, I shot it with my phone which I attached to the castle of my floor loom with a GearTie. (I just love those things!)