Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

One From the Stash

I am coming to the end of a long Ms and Os warp, and thought I would re-visit an old yarn...I mean really old. This wonderful, huge cone of tussah silk thick and thin singles actually came from my mother's stash to mine 15 years ago, along with her loom. The yarn was a little dusty, and much too weak for warp, but for this project, finally, it seemed the perfect weft. Imagining that this piece would change dramatically after its post-fringe-twisting "spa treatement" in the wash bucket, I re-sleyed the 20/2 silk warp for a looser sett. You will have to wait and see if 22 e.p.i. will work.

I'm waiting until November 15, or thereabouts, for the big reveal, because that is the due date for a photo project that Meg has proposed. Corybantic sounds about right, as this cloth will be agitated in the finishing, and I will probably be exultant! (But I will leave the naming of the project to Meg, since it was her idea.) Also, it will be my 100th blog post.

Anyway, what I really love about this yarn is the unevenness of it. I expect that when it is held up to the light, the cloth will have a distinct diagonal pattern, as well as a unique texture.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mixing Colors

When my Mom gave me her loom, 15 years ago, she also gave me a wealth of weaving literature, including all her back issues of Handwoven and other priceless journals, books and magazines. And while I may not remember a specific author or issue in which a project or article appeared, I have held onto all that great advice, including this: If you don't like a particular color of yarn in your stash, put it together with another color you dislike.

For this stash-buster/end-of-the-warp project, I have done just that. Awhile back, I had spun some madder-dyed silk on a drop spindle and it ended up looking a little too salmon-y for my taste. Remembering the long-devoured article about ugly colors, I put the salmon singles yarn together with a too-gold Thai silk embroidery thread that I found at Habu several years ago. The result is a little more mellow than either yarn would be on its own. The combination reminds me of a favorite cocktail from my younger days, so I have dubbed this rustic scarf the "Fuzzy Navel."

Bottoms up!