Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Very Fine Cotton Scarves in 12 Shaft Crackle

I pulled this two scarf warp way back before Christmas last year and it has sat in the yarn cupboard ever since.  It is 2/30 cotton in white.  I didn’t have a weaving plan before I pulled the warp and I think that it why it has languished for so long.  It also isn’t very inspiring especially when Mum is weaving painted warps in bright and beautiful jewel tones!
I was able to do a 12 shaft crackle because the fine grist of the warp meant that the large and complicated motifs are more manageable in scale.  I choose a very fine gold cotton as the weft for the first scarf.  And it was a disaster, the white and gold blah-ed out each other and the fine grist of the weft made the pattern really hard to see.
Unfortunately I then had to wind the gold cotton from the pirn back on the little cardboard tube.
I then tried 2/20 black cotton/Tencel; it was a safe choice but it was boring.
The weft that I went with is very much a surprise.  It is a thick and thin singles silk in lime green.  The crackle pattern is a little obscured by the texture of the silk but it is very interesting.
For the second scarf I went with fine grist of silk in a silvery blue.  The crackle motifs are very much more visible.
The lime green scarf is light, bright and cheerful.  For Sale.

The silvery blue scarf is lovely.  The crackle pattern really pops on this scarf.  For Sale.

Final Garden Shot is a Hallowe'en pumpkin!  Happy Hallowe'en!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Painted Silk Warps in 12 Shaft Twills

Mum and I both have a very large Ziploc bag filled with painted silk warps so we are on a quest to weave them all up.  The first warp that I put on the loom was painted in warm autumnal colours of golden yellow, warm bronze and raspberry red.
For weft colours I tried to stay in the autumnal theme, and I tried all the reds, oranges and browns that we have.  They didn’t work there wasn’t enough contrast.
I went with black, it really highlighted the colour and made the 12 twelve shaft twill really pop.
The finished scarf is truly spectacular; the colours are warm and glowing.  The graphic punch of the twill pattern is really interesting.  For Sale.

The second warp that I put on was painted in a raspberry red and a moss green.  I don’t have a good shot of the warp because painted warps are so exciting that they don’t sit on the loom for very long!
I tried a lot of weft colours.  The first bunch of colours was antique gold, amethyst, light navy and gold.  The amethyst was OK so I left it and tried two more colours next.
The two new colours on top were olive green and black.  The black overwhelmed the colours and the olive was boring.
Next I tried some reds to warm up the warp.  Well they just made the warp muddy.
I told you I tried a lot of weft colours.  This next batch I tried anything and everything that could remotely work.  Nope, nothing there.
The last try I looked at some previous choices, maybe I was too hasty in rejecting them.  I tried the amethyst, gold and a different darker navy.  Yup the darker navy is the one.
The pattern is a 12 shaft twill; it is actually the same tie up as the previous scarf.  I changed the threading and the treadling.
This scarf just glows.  There are two distinct sides to the scarf one is more navy and the other highlights the painted warp.  For Sale.

Final Garden Shot is the roof top visitors that we had this summer on our neighbours roof.  First is a bald eagle and the other is a raccoon.  Needless to say I preferred seeing the eagle!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Last of the Fine Cotton Projects

There are two little balls of fine cotton leftover from one of our dye days, one is a silvery blue leftover from Mum’s blue ombre shawls and the other small one is purple leftover from Mum’s Echo Shawls (which she hasn't blogged about yet).
The original plan was to make a shawl using both balls but after I had pulled the blue ball there was more than enough for a single shawl.  The blue colour of the warp really reminds me of blue jeans so I thought the perfect colour for the weft would be the gold stitching used for jeans.
The gold I picked was antique gold Tencel which has a slight green tone.  It really overwhelmed the pale silvery blue warp, so I ditched that one.
Next I tried a warmer deep yellow gold colour and finally a gorgeous silver yarn.
The silver was the clear winner.  The pattern is a lovely undulating twill that either looks like X’s or lovely diamond shapes.

The shawl has a stunning shimmer and shine to it.  The silver weft really highlights the pretty pattern.  For Sale.

With the purple ball there was only enough warp for a single scarf.  I am really pleased that I am finishing using up all the fine cotton that we had dyed as it fits into my 'stash busting' pledge.
The weft for the purple scarf is a greyed teal and the pattern is a crackle, always a favourite weave structure in the Lynch household.  The pattern is fun to weave and vaguely looks like trees.
The scarf is wonderfully lightweight and the interplay of the matte finish of the purple cotton and the shine of the teal Tencel is fantastic.

For Sale.

Final garden shot is a hardy fuchsia that I have growing beside the hosta, the colour is just amazing!

Monday, July 30, 2018

A Kitchen Reno and Two Scarves

During the summer I find weaving often takes second place to gardening as our climate makes everything grow at an amazing rate.  I seem to spend my time, weeding, picking and processing for most of June, July,  August and September.  It's no wonder I'm ready for vacation in October!

Mid June we started a kitchen renovation.   We did most of the work ourselves ~ and went from the kitchen chosen by the builder which looked like this, a tad too brown for me:
To a blank canvas; and it is at this point you always question yourself. It is daunting!
And we ended up with this, a light and bright kitchen to make our often cloudy winters just a bit less grey. We put two different quartz counter tops in, a plain white fleck on the perimiter and a bolder white and grey marble on the island.  We also increased the size of the island, cause who ever said they had enough work surface? The upgrade to quartz made all the difference for me as it lowered the overall height of the counters, by a full inch and since I'm a bit vertically challenged, it is a wonderful improvement. We put in a black granite sink which is HUGE and that was a bonus too.
Ngaire planned the back splash tile pattern by laying the tiles out on the foyer floor using a paper template made from a roll of my used beaming paper.  We found that offsetting the tile by 1/3 was perfect.  We chose white beveled edge subway tiles from England that match the colour of the perimeter quartz perfectly.
The actual tile setting was relatively straightforward due to the preplanning, but perfecting the grout was much more difficult.
I did manage to do a wee bit of weaving in June and wove two painted tencel warps.  I used the same pattern for both of them as it is one I love weaving and summer is not the time to tackle difficult tasks in my opinion.
The first warp I called Fire and Ice, this painted warp was predominantly blues and oranges and by  choosing a burgundy red weft I ensured that it really does look like fire.
I threaded the warp as an 8 shaft advancing twill and treadled it in a parallel fashion.  I have used this pattern several times before and the fluid nature of the treadling never ceases to please.  As long as I pick a general progression series and stick to it I am free to weave ad hoc which is perfect for summer and a general laziness.
The final result is for sale on our Etsy shop Woven Beauty.  For Sale.
The second warp I call Pink Cammo and it is various olives, peachy pinks with a bit of burgundy.  I used black for the weft and this one is a real stunner.  For Sale.
The garden photo today a clump of drumstick allium ~Allium sphaerocephalon ~ complete with honey bees.