Weaving: Stores that sell weaving yarn

The cooler weather is quickly approaching which means that I’ll be starting my newest creative release (weaving) soon.

While I do have a nice yarn stash, the majority of that has already been earmarked for various knitting projects. Of course that means I need to purchase an appropriate amount of yarn for making my hand woven cloth.

Last year, I stumbled upon a few…

  1. Halcyon Yarn
  2. Webs
  3. The Woolery
  4. Yarn Barn

The Woolerly is the only one I’ve tried and the others were recommended to me by other weavers.  I’m seriously thinking about making enough cloth to make a haute couture jacket for myself. I know the type of fiber I’d love to use so now it’s a matter of making that happen.

The added bonus is that the cloth would work perfectly with the The Savile Row class that I’m taking by Andew Ramroop!


Summer Weaving

Whoo boy! This summer is flying by.

I’m deep into cleansing and battling some unpleasant side effects, however the silver lining is I know I’ve hit breakthrough with the candida and that makes me feel good. Since I’m forcing myself to behave and REST this coming weekend I’ve decided that I’ll spend some of my time weaving!

I love this hand woven design and the music is beautiful!

Beatrice Pichi Anil

The lovely music is Cancin Sagrada De La Laguna and it’s sung by Beatric Pichi. It’s my first time hearing of her and I must say that I’m enjoying this song and others immensely.

Today, after my daughter’s swim class, I’ll set up my loom and this coming weekend, it’s on! I’ll be a weaving fool. You know something I was knitting last evening.

Mastercrafts: Weaving

Clearly I’m on a weaving kick.

A few days ago, I stumbled upon this weaving series and watched the entire episode. It was interesting watching the three newbies advance from never weaving to weaving some lovely cloth over a six week period. It also made me wish I had the opportunity to work up close and personal with a Master Weaver. 😉 Well, my local weaving guild has Master Weavers. I haven’t been to a meeting  yet, but am hoping that I meet some that are willing to answer a few of my newbie questions.

Mastercrafts: Weaving 1

Mastercrafts: Weaving 2

Mastercrafts: Weaving 3

Mastercrafts: Weaving 4

Weaving complete; woven fabric removed from my 32″ Kromski harp

I’m thrilled to say that I’ve finally completed  weaving the fabric with my 32″ Kromski Harp. You know something? I really love this fabric. I love it so much that it’s sitting beside my bed so I can ‘pet the pretty’.  You know what else I like? Knowing the origin of the fabric/fiber that I use. It’s almost magical watching the fiber being woven from strands into cloth.

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At the end of my warp on my 32Kromski Harp

I will say that I had more than two hours left to finish this weaving project. There was a lot more left on the warp than I had thought. I wasn’t counting the hours, but I guess there was about six hours left before I was finished?

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Unrolling the fabric from my loom

Unwinding the fabric from the beam was thrilling as I observed the raw unfinished cloth unravel before me. Did I say that I really love how this turned out? In an earlier post I mentioned I went through a phase where I hated this woven project. It wasn’t that I was weaving incorrectly, but the cloth was not what I envisioned. However, I realized if I wanted  more vibrant colors that popped my warp (vertical fiber) should have been a neutral color. My warp was colorful. The weft (horizontal fiber) is the only thing that should have been colorful. On this project both (warp and weft) had plenty of color and so the vision I had was a bit lost, but I’m still loving this fabric.

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Wool fabric fresh off my 32″ Kromski Harp rigid heddle loom

I’ve already have a few ideas of what this project will turn into. A few pillows will be made for my daughters room. I will have some fabric left over and and I do believe I’ll make a project bag for someone who’s very special. 😉 But first, I’ll need to let this wash in a gentle bath, carefully wring and hang it next to the wood stove to dry. This wool is hand wash only.

Schacht 8 Shaft Baby Wolf; Weaving movie

A while ago, I stumbled upon this movie, I enjoyed watching the lady weaving on her floor loom; Schacht 8 Shaft Baby Wolf. Interestingly enough, this is the same type of loom that I thought I’d want to purchase someday, but I’ve since decided I’d much prefer the Schacht 8 Shaft Mighty Wolf which would give me 36″.  The Baby Wolf is 24″. If you watch to the end you can see the intricate patterns that were made with the 8 Shaft loom.

No, I don’t have loom envy. I truly appreciate the variety of patterns I can create on my 32″ Kromski Harp rigid heddle loom, and I know eventually I’ll get around to purchasing my Schacht 8 Shaft Mighty Wolf. Of course, I’ll pay for it up front. I don’t like bills. Currently setting aside money now, and eventually when I have the amount I’ll make that purchase.

Weaving with my 32″ Kromski harp; Almost there

Shortly after starting this woven project I discovered that I hated it, because of that I abandoned the project for several days. The more I looked at my lovely 32″ Kromski harp, the unhappier I became. Not with the loom, but what was on it and so I avoided it completely while feeling sorry for myself.

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Weaving colorful cloth on my 32″ Kromski Harp

After a week, I got tired of my pathetic little pity party. I realized that if I changed the way I viewed this woven project the process would be enjoyable and so a few nights ago, I sat at the loom and wove. While it still wasn’t the woven project I had envisioned, I enjoyed my time at the loom immensely and I do like what I’m creating. I’m pleased to say that I only have about a few hours left before this woven cloth is complete.

I was holding myself back because my initial vision was not happening and instead of appreciating the beauty that was there, I chose to be unhappy. Once I changed my attitude, I enjoyed my woven creation.

For some reason my initial displeasure made me think about Psalm 100. It’s one of my favorite passages in the Holy Bible.

Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.
3 Know that the Lord Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
5 For the Lord is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations

Psalm 100:1-5
New American Standard Bible

This is an important lesson for me to remember not only with crafts but any obstacles that stand in my way. If you think about it, sometimes, we get in our own way when it comes to overcoming obstacles. If we just would change our attitude/approach the outcome might be different.

Psalm 100, is also a gentle reminder (for me) when I want to complain. It’s been cold here in Maryland and I for one am enjoying the weather. Yes, it’s a bit chilly than what I’m used too. It’s gotten down to about -13 F on several days,  but I’m taking it all in stride because I have a lot be thankful for. I live in a home, that protects me from the elements. Wood stove that keeps me warm, generator to use if the electric goes out, plenty of blankets for my daughter and me. I could go on, but you get the idea.

Whatever comes my way, I should be thankful. Yes, that’s easier said than done, but it’s something that I try to remember.

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
I Thessalonians 5:18
New American Standard Bible

Rigid Heddle Loom: Double weave blanket

My daughters fabric still hasn’t arrived, I’m blaming it on the snow they’re receiving and so I’ll be going with plan B, getting a few yards of a matching satin fabric so I can add that to the front part of the dress.

Since, I won’t be doing that until tomorrow, I decided finish weaving the cloth that’s on my 32″ Kromski Rigid Heddle loom. The urgency to complete this project has everything to do with the fact that I want to make a double weave blanket.

Doubleweave cloth is perfect for weavers who’s eyes are bigger than their looms. In order to double the size of the cloth woven on my loom, two layers of woven fabric will be joined at one edge of my 32″ Kromski Harp. When the cloth is opened it will be double the size.

When I finally do advance to making my doublewoven blanket with my 32″ Kromski Harp, I’ll be sure to make the warp a neutral color and go crazy with the weft. In doing so, the warp won’t take away from the vivid colors of the weft fibers I use and the colors will really stand out. Since I only have one loom, I need to complete what’s on the loom, right?  This will be my first project using doubleweave, and I must say I’m really looking forward to trying this new to me technique.