Thursday, January 24, 2013

start to finish

Yesterday I posted about my handwoven cloth, fresh off the loom and ready to be sewn into zippered pouches.  Thanks to my trusty Singer Fashion Mate sewing machine (made in Italy in the 1960s, all metal parts, bought on kijiji for cheap), I whipped up 8 new pouches last night. 

The handwoven cloth on the outside is made of cotton with small bits of hand-dyed raw silk.  They are 9" wide (zip to zip) and 5" deep.  I lined them with fine unbleached cotton that I re-purposed from a second hand sheeting.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

sample me up

This January, I've been slowly plugging away on weaving cloth for my little zippered pouches.  Varying the dimensions slightly and playing around with weave patterns and stripe arrangements allows me a huge variety of designs and effects.  The last couple of warps, I've been more mindful of designing the cloth for the construction of the pouch, emphasizing a stripe of overshot circles along the bottom of the finished pouch.  In the photo above, the cloth is freshly woven and cut off the loom, and has been washed.  I am now ready to cut apart each different 10' length of colour, buy some more zippers, and start sewing up the pouches.

For these pouches, I dressed the loom with a warp that is about 3 yards long, and then switch weft colours every 12 inches - the measurement needed for each pouch.  Instead of committing to a long multiple scarf warp, this allows me to use the process of weaving the pouch cloth like a sampler:  I get to try out a variety of different woven patterns and explore the effect of different weft colours on the weave....and as soon as I'm finished weaving one warp of pouches, my mind is eager to try out the next idea that has been sparked in the process.

Friday, January 11, 2013

january survey

Here we are in January.  Winter is here and hibernation is setting in.  This means work on the school house gets slowed down or postponed now and then due to weather.  Once I stop fretting and accept the nature of this time of year, I am enjoying cozy times inside with my loom, knitting needles, and sewing machine.

Top: knitting a wavy ribbed mini scarf out of my handspun merino, alpaca and qiviut.  Bottom: a bright mustard yellow woven cotton blanket with sumac technique (I think?) patterning along the edge....I found this beauty second hand today.

 Weaving up a new run of cloth for zippered pouches....definitely a colour theme of warmth.

And, as the school house slowly takes the shape I can get a glimpse of the shape of our kitchen and bathroom, and I've been taking the time to draw out some of what I am envisioning.