Thursday, May 24, 2007

More Shopping Than Weaving

Between CNCH and a visit to North Carolina, I haven't had much time to weave. So I did the next best thing - shopped for yarn!

Those trips were great opportunities to find yarn. I know I don't need any more but it is hard to resist some of the new yarns in great colors and mixed fibers. The yarns to the left are all mercerized cottons. Perfect for baby blanket warp.

These blue yarns, on the right, (except for the small ball top left) are from the same company. They have slightly different content (wool, mohair, etc.) but are the same color. I found them in North Carolina and some in Carmel, CA. Unfortunately they are also available via the Internet.

I have been finishing the Shadow Weave sample. It is washed, but I haven't decided if I will add a fringe (and what kind) or just hem it. The pink towel warp is all wound, threaded and tied on. I just have to start weaving on that. More on those later.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Weaving by the Sea

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the CNCH Retreat at Asilomar in Pacific Grove, CA. It was a lovely spot to be and an even better place to weave. This isn't quite the view from the classroom window, but we could see the ocean.

I took a Shadow Weave class during the long weekend. My sample was an illustration of a 4-shaft shadow weave with a border - threaded on shafts 5 & 6. I used 3/2 mercerized cotton in natural and brown. (I was glad to use it up since the brown is definitely not my color and I don't remember why I bought it.) There were 17 students and the instructor brought a 16-shaft compu-dobby loom for the 18th sample. Many people brought table looms, which turned out to be the challenge for me but helped me decide to not consider buying a table loom.

It took a lot of work to complete all of the samples, but I did, although some are very short. I still have a bit of warp to weave off. I should use it to experiment, but I will probably weave it off as a runner.