Wednesday, January 18, 2017

More From Julie, My Ten Shaft Counterbalance Loom

After finishing my test warp out in the garage, I moved Julie, my new to me ten shaft counterbalance loom into my studio early in the fall.  It is in the front corner, by east and north windows.

I like putting a warp on this loom because it isn't necessary to get the trapeze set up.  With this tall loom, the warp just goes up over the top and I can hang weights on the warp at the front of the loom.
This second warp is to test six shafts with the counterbalance and horses.  It was a bit tedious for me because I had to keep the instruction book handy and keep referring to it with each step.
 The Big Book of Weaving by Laila Lundell was the book I used.
For six shafts, I had to use four horses on each side.
They are hooked up with a mirror image on each side.  Note the pulleys used for this configuration.  They didn't come with my loom, but I happened across a pair on eBay for a good price.
I picked a six shaft pattern to try from, # 49712.
Here is the link: Pattern #49712
I used 8/2 cotton in white and black for the warp and a dark gray and red for the weft. This is now a runner for my table.
 With the remainder of the warp, I wove a dishtowel in four different blues.
I had enough left after the towel to weave myself a sample square in blue, yellow and peach.

It wasn't until I started looking at my files to choose photos that I discovered my mistake.  How embarrassing! And I'm the big advocate of taking photos at the beginning of weaving because they seem to show up better in a picture that just looking at the weaving.  Oh well, no one has noticed it yet.

I don't want anyone telling me it is a design element because it isn't one.  Mistakes are exactly that.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A Gallery of Works

I'm just playing a little catch-up on my blog today, adding some photos of things I have done over the past two to three years.

Rya rug made for granddaughter Hailee.

One of a set of pinwheel towels. For this one, I changed out some of the green stripes and substituted dark brown.
 Daughters, daughters-in-law, and friends with Christmas towels, 2015.
 Towel choices.  I let them choose.
 Waffle weave in blue and yellow.
Waffle weave.

Close-up of Hanukkah table runner.

Below is the table set for dinner.

Full length.
Spring table runner, 2016, with close-up of Italian hemstitching.
Spring table runner.
Summer runner, 2016.
Close-up of zig-zag hemstitching and pattern.

Johanna D's No. 32 from Marguerite P. Davison's pattern book, pg. 97.
My inspiration for the pillows, on the reverse side.  They were needlepoint stitched by my grandmother, Gladys Truscott Hobbs, back in the 1970's.  The backing was deteriorated, so I wove new fabric to replace the old.

A very fine wool scarf.
Scarf on the loom.
Close-up after wet finishing and pressing.