Saturday, October 31, 2009

cute purse and new scarf

I made a new scarf using some yarn I bought. I really don't know why I got this yarn, I don't like the colors much, but there is it. It is about 5 feet long and very soft. Here is a picture of the colors, white, tan and yellow. The scarf:

With the left over warp, I used some super cute yarn I got from the Dollar Tree. It is pink, hot pink and purple. I made a little purse for my 5 year old daughter. She loves it! The bag itself is only as big as my hand, so it's quite small, but it's perfect for a 5 year old's stuff.
I love the things I can make with a loom! My next projects will be on my inkle loom and I'll be puting the Dorothy away for a little while.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Wool, finished product

It took a long time to get the camera working again. First it was wet and then the cord to recharge it got lost. However, after many delays, I have a picture of the wool weaving I made. Thanks again to my good friend for the opportunity to weave with wool. I'll be making this into a bag for her to have. I just need to find a good material for the bag handle.

Ta Da! The colors are great, are they not?

The reds, the blues, the greens, the purples and even a little yellow. It's so much prettier in person.

Weaving with plastic

I saw this on another weaving blog and it looked like great fun - weaving with plastic!

I had to try it. I had a little warp left on my loom so, I got some plastic Albertson's bags and the scissors. I cut the bottom off and then the handles, which left me with a plastic tube. Then, I started at the bottom and started cutting one long, continuous strip. It was about an inch wide. When I had cut the entire bag, I took the strip and wound it around my stick shuttle. Then, I wove it through the warp on the loom. I was very pleased with the way it worked and the way it looked. Most of the strip was white, but there were dark blue sections where the store's name and logo were printed on the bag.

I loved the effect! It took 7-8 bags to get this:
Here I have already sewn it into a bag. Don't you love the white and blue? Aren't the tassels too cute? OK, so, I've created a shopping bag that is waterproof out of grocery sacks. What a way to recycle and what a great free material for my loom. I'll be doing this again in the future. I'm on the look out for different colored plastic sacks now.

Monday, October 12, 2009

no weaving

I haven't done any weaving lately. This last week was so crazy and this coming week will be crazier! I hope to sit down a little this week and weave. I've missed it.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Weaving with wool

I wove the entire skien of wool today. What fun! It was filled with beautiful colors - blues, greens, brown, pink, purple, and yellow. It turned out so pretty. Unfortunatly, my one year old threw my camera into a sink and turned the water on over it. My camera isn't working at the moment. I'm hoping that when it dries, it will work again.

I have plans for this section of cloth I made today. It is 26 inches long. When I can, I'll get photos up.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

A fun gift

My good friend, Rebecca, showed up at my house yesterday to drop off her son to play with my son. She had in her hand a skien of hand-spun wool yarn she picked up at the local fair for me. I was so excited! I've never used wool yarn, much less hand-spun yarn. The colors are pretty. It's kind of like a tie-dyed shirt. It starts out grey, and turns blue, then green, they gray, then pink and so on with those colors. They are dark, subdued colors, very pretty.

I put the entire skien on my warping board and I started to wind it around my stick shuttle. My loom is warped with the pretty grey cotton that I've been using. Colorwise, it works perfectly! I'll start weaving with it tomorrow. I can't wait to see how it works out.

Thanks Rebecca, this yarn is a most beautiful and fun gift!

productive weekend

I've gotten some good weaving in this weekend. I'm getting better! I was using the zig-zag pattern and realized that unless I'm really concentrating, I get lost in the pattern and forget which way I'm going and where I am in the pattern. That being so, my latest projects have some funny zig-zags going on, but it looks ok and fun anyway.

I made two of these things. They are about the size of a place mat - 11 1/4 inches by 15 inches. I used the same pattern on these, but reversed the colors. The first one I made had a dark blue edge and off-white middle. The one I did today has the off-white edge and dark blue middle.

What are they? I don't know. I suppose they can be place mats or dish towels. Knowing what I'm weaving and why I'm weaving something is becoming more important now. While I'm still learning to weave, I'm more comfortable in what I'm doing and am capable of producing more than practice pieces. I really don't know what I can do now, but what I would like to do are 4 place mats, 4 napkins and one table runner to be sold as a set, after I make myself a set that is. :)