Monday, September 20, 2010

Overshot pictures

This neat-o pattern is the overshot pattern I mentioned.
Is it great?!?  I really like it, but I didn't do such a great job at it.  First of all, I've got it off center.  I didn't read the pattern right, so the main butterfly pattern is off to the side rather than in the middle.  Second, my selvages were terrible and I wound the thread very loosely.  I'm still working on getting my warp nice and tight.  Then, I realized I wouldn't have enough thread to finish the six feet I wanted.

So, I cut if off and re-threaded the entire loom.  This time the butterfly is in the center.  I bought the prettiest cotton/rayon thread called Astra.  This particular color combo is called Peacock.  I think it's beautiful.
It's green, blue, purple and a tiny bit of black.  The thing is with this thread, you don't see the overshot pattern very well.  Still, I think I'm going to finish this warp with this yarn.  I have a lot of this thread, so it should last me.  What slows me down the most is my bobbin.  It's four inches long and doesn't hold much thread at a time.  So, I don't make it far in the pattern before I run out of thread on the bobbin.   
Then there is the issue with my kids.  They don't let me work very long.
I want to have this ready for this fall.  That means I'll have to put a lot more time into it than I'm giving now.
It's going to look great!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

new camera, no weaving

I've got a camera again, but no projects to work on.  I'm too busy with my school stuff.  I made a beautiful shawl with my tri-loom, but I had to give it away before I had a camera to take a picture of it.

It's was a thick, soft dark blue with a strand of green running through it.
So pretty

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Overshot attempts

I'm trying a new pattern.  It's an Overshot pattern called "Maple Leaf".  It's so different from anything I've tried, but I'm loving the way it is turning out.

I can not get my selvages to look good. It's frustrating.  With the overshot pattern, it requires me to use floating selvages.  I've never done that before.  I'll keep working on getting the selvage even, but if you don't look at the edges, it's super NEAT!  I didn't read the pattern quite right and the maple leaf is on the side of the pattern rather than the middle.  Oh well, I'll know better next time. I'll be doing this one again because it is so much fun and the results look so amazing.

Where are the pictures?  My sweet two year old broke the digital camera.  UGGG!  I'm so upset.  I hope that by the time I finish this, I'll have a new camera.  Then I'll be able to take a photo of this incredible project.

I'm using an all black cotton warp and a deep royal purple for the weft.  The look is very dramatic.  I have plans for this too.  It's going to be a wrap for a dress I have that is dark purple.  It isn't as wide as I would like.  I should have added another hundred threads to the warp.  Right now it just has 250.

Well, I had better get working on it again, buy a camera, and get a good picture so I can wear my beautiful dress and wrap.