Weaving

weave1This is National Spinning and Weaving Week and Florrie and I are celebrating by gearing up for the upcoming NYC Yarn Crawl and the Sheep and Wool Fest in Rheinbeck in a few weeks.  I dragged out my table loom that I got about 10 years ago on ebay. I was a very lucky girl indeed getting this one at an amazing rate. They can be quite expensive. I have neglected it over the past 5 years, but I plan on dusting it off and putting it to use this fall. Its the perfect size to make scarves, table runners and smaller items like belts. You could get all fancy and make bedspreads, but you would have to weave them in pieces and stitch them together.  And I’m sure that by now you all know me well enough to know that I would never!

I got this fantastic book of weaving patterns back in my college days, where I first got bit by the textile bug. Its called A Handweaver’s Pattern Book by Marquerite Porter Davison. It is a virtual treasure trove of weaving lovliness. I especially love the simple layout, how the weaving patterns look like sheets of music.  I also love the lingo. It seems to echo from another time. Warp. Weft. Heddle. Here’s a peek inside:

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Lucile’s Pattern was one of my favorites, I even have a picture of one of my weavings using this pattern below. I love how it seems most of the patterns are named for the pattern drafter. Who was Lucile?  And I think I would enjoy meeting Mary Ann Ostrander. Her name makes me think of a Garrison Keillor character, getting into trouble in Lake Wobegon.

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A simple pattern.

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This was Lucile’s Pattern in multi colored chenille stripes done on a medium aqua background. Believe it or not, both pictures here are the same piece. It is probably my camera, or my photo editing that contributes to the change in color,  but it has always interested me how color reads when it is next to different colors. The background washes out and turns bluer when its next to the darker grayer colors, and get a bit brighter and more green when its by that lovely chartruse.

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I look forward to weaving and posting more lovely things this fall. Stay tuned, and happy weaving!

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