Pin Loom Woven Shawl

I just finished weaving in all of the ends of my first pin loom woven shawl. This was actually a pretty fast project, and would have been finished ages ago if I couldn’t make up my mind on how I wanted to do it.

I used Caron Cakes yarn (Boston Cream) and cut up the colors separately and wound into balls. I then wove up all of the squares. I did not get the same number of squares for each color, which is why the shawl isn’t perfectly symmetrical, but that is fine. I then decided I wanted to make it triangular after all and added the grey squares to the bottom.

For stitching up, I first had the squares line up so that the teeth all matched each other. This gave it an eyelet/lacy look. After doing each row, I then stitched them up so that the teeth interlocked, like a zipper. I think next time I’ll line them up for more eyelets, but I am still happy with how this turned out. Next one I’ll also be trying an edging with it.

I finished this just in time to bring with me to Rhinebeck (NY Sheep and Wool) tomorrow. It is going to be 70* but in the 30*s in the am, so I’ll be happy to have it.

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Loom used: Zoom Loom

Yarn: Caron Cakes – Boston Cream

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2017 so far

I fell behind in posting my projects (as usual) so figured I’d post what I’ve done so far at the end of June. I’m a bit late, but here we go!

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Back scrubber

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Washcloth

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More wash cloths

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Hot pads

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Alpaca blanket

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Added some decoration to my shelf, mostly to keep things from falling of the back.

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Pin loom woven teddy bear

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Back of bear

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Knit shawl of my own design

I have some other things to post, but will put them in their own postings later. I’ve not done too much as I have many hobbies and jump around, but I’m back into a crafting craze, so many more to come!

Tapestry One Finished! Plus beading!

I finished this awhile ago and apparently forgot to post the end results here.

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Ta-dah!

I had a lot of fun learning the techniques, and I know that there are many more still to learn. I am especially happy with how the circle came out! I am planning my next one and it’s going to be an actual picture. I just have to make up my mind on which one I want to do first. It would really be helpful if I knew how to make clones of myself, then I could do everything at once!

The other week I ordered myself another Mirrix loom because I couldn’t pass up the birthday coupon. I got myself the little Lani loom to play around with beading or smaller tapestries if my Big Sister is in use. While I don’t wear jewelry, I want to try doing bead tapestries.

My first time playing with beads I did make a simple cuff. I messed up in a few places and I need to get better at dealing with the ends, but I’m mostly happy with how it turned out. I wore it out the other day and got a compliment on it.

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First attempt

I am also planning what I’m going to weave next. I picked up a mixed kit of beads to play with since I only have a small amount and not enough to make anything with. Now I do!

Tapestry – More Progress

Today I tried out some loops, did some more plain weave, then started trying out more rounded shapes. Just one so far but I’ll be doing more. Slowly working up to doing a full circle.

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I finally had to advance the warp! Yay progress!

Tapestry Progress Update

I just added a more to my tapestry I have on my Big Sister. Trying some more new things. I still need a lot of practice, but this is why I’m using what little bit of acrylic I have in my stash to practice with before I move onto my handspun and more expensive yarns. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Subtle blue and purple tiger/vertical stripes, then a staggered shape with a triangle on the left. One partial row of rya, and then basic fill.

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You can see the blue and purple stripes better here. Next ones will contrast more!

I’m still having lots of fun doing this. I think I’ll try and tackle a bigger triangle next. or maybe a circle. Too many shapes!

Adventures in Tapestry

I am finally going to give tapestry a real try. I think I mentioned in my last post that I tried it before on my rigid heddle loom (a Schacht Cricket) that it just didn’t work on that loom. Last week I picked up a little Hokett loom from Webs. I did up a simple striped tapestry to try it out. I used my handspun yarn, so it’s thick and thin, so the warp shows through in places. I really don’t mind with this one though as it was mostly for experiment purposes.

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I have not decided on how I’m going to hang it, so I tucked the top loops behind the weaving for this picture. I wanted to add something interesting and that is what the tails are at the top. I may try this again with a better weaving and add beads. We’ll see.

On Friday my Mirrix Big Sister arrived. I got it warped up Saturday morning but I did not start weaving until last night as I wanted to finish the little one above first.

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This is the progress I made last night. Using some videos on youtube, I am slowly getting the hang of it. Bubbling is new to me so the selvedges are a bit off, but I’ll get better as I go. Starting off with simple stripes and did some blocks.

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The hardest part for me so far is deciding which technique I’m going to try next!

Let’s play with Tapestry

While I am still waiting on the part for my wheel (apparently there was a mishap with the email so he never got my address), I picked up this pretty Hokett tapestry loom when I went to Webs the other day. I’ve tried to do tapestry before on my Cricket, but a rigid heddle is just not meant to hold high enough tension, and the angle is wrong. I got this little loom to play around with. I also¬† have a Mirrix Big Sister (16″) on order that should be here tomorrow.

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Hokett Tapestry kit in exotic wood

I started weaving with scraps of acrylic and my handspun. I really did not like the look of the acrylic so I unwove it. I decided to just use my handspun. I’m not too far yet, but here’s what I got so far.

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My simple tapestry so far.

I can’t wait until my Mirrix arrives. I’ve wanted one for awhile now and ordered it for myself for my birthday present. I also ordered a tapestry kit and bought the class that goes with it, so I’ll be doing that.

Hopefully the part to my wheel will be in early next week (maybe Saturday if it gets shipped out today). I really am sad at missing so many days of spinning, but my spindles are just killing my shoulder so I can’t spin at all. At least I got some things done up, so I’m happy with that.

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