|Wandering Vine Linen
|Date completed: August 1, 2006
Pattern: Wandering Vine (Cat Track, Snail Trail) - Davison
Warp: Euroflax 14/2, Willow
Tabby Weft: Euroflax 14/2 (French?) Blue
Pattern Weft: Euroflax Sport Weight
Sett: 20 epi
Finished length: 28"
Finished width: 13"
Length on warping board: 2 yds,
Length fresh off loom: about 36"
Width in reed: 14.5"
Notes: Pattern is woven as written in Davison,
not as photographed. The difference is in whether
or not one of the lines crosses from one side to the
other in the neck of the hourglass. Washed on delicate.
|Four Critter Shawl
|Date completed: July, 2006
Warp: Mostly handspun maroon merino
20% of heddles had commercial mohair
paired with a multicolored rayon boucle
Weft: half "Italian Angora" from Newton's knits
half handspun black llama from WA state
Sett: 10 epi
Finished length: 78"
Finished width: 23.5"
Length on warping board: 3.25 yds
Width in reed: about 25"
Technique and finishing: Beaten loosely, balanced with warp. Fulled in washer on "Extra Delicate" for about 10 minutes. Deliciously soft.
The "four critters" are sheep (merino), goat (mohair),
rabbit (angora) and llama.
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image of the whole shawl
|Date completed: 2000?
Pattern: Tabby, woven on the fold
Warp: Handspun wool - 2-ply
Weft: Handspun wool - 2-ply
Sett: ?? about 8 epi for each layer
Notes: I did this just to see if I could.
It turned out so soft that I have another
one planned. It needs more fulling than the 10 minutes I gave it in the washer on Delicate.
This blanket is twice as wide as my loom can
weave because it was woven with a fold at
one side and two open edges at the other.
The closeup is more the true color.
|Natural Dye Silk Scarf #2
Finished length: about 60" plus fringe
Finished width: about 6"
Notes: I like the results of the first silk scarf so much that I wove one for my Mother-In-Law. For her coloring (white hair and blue eyes) I chose different colors - mostly logwood and cochineal for a purple range with a touch of fustic for accent.
|Natural Dye Silk Scarf #1
Pattern: Pointed Twill, changing direction with each warp chain.
Finished length: 60" plus fringe
Finished width: 5"
Notes: I painted the warp at a Michelle Wipplinger workshop. Each chain was dyed separately so the colors change differently along each individual chain.
|Sun, Moon and Stars
|Date completed: 1986??
Pattern: Sun, Moon and Stars
Warp: Lilly 5/2, same for tabby weft
Weft: Handspun single ply wool
Notes: I bought this fleece on my first trip to Lopez Island in 1981. It was huge, beautiful and, for a student budget, cheap. Bart, Mark and I drove it home in Big Chunky, their 1965 GMC suburban. A dirty fleece, no air conditioning, driving down the central valley in July - it was, um, aromatic. Bart and Mark bore it with good humor.
Moths ate part of the project in the years it took me to wash, spin and weave all the wool. What is left is a wonderful couch blanket with many fond memories woven into it.
The spinning was all done on my tiny antique wheel. I never did manage to spin anything finer than chunky weight on it, so this blanket is single ply.
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