So Much The Busy Summer!

The past two weeks I’ve walked into my Wednesday Nomadic Guild of Scripturients gathering with the intention of writing, and posting, about my weaving progress, yet each week something happens and I’m too distracted to get something written and posted here. The thing is that I actually have a lot of little things to post about!

Most people go to family gatherings at amusement parks to eat tons of fattening foods and ride rides until you feel ill, but not me! As the Fun Foods part of Funtown/Splashtown USA has been run by family since I was 14 years old (next summer will be our 30th year!), it’s not something that I find exciting, so I brought my loom, thread, and a pattern. My father cordoned off one of the birthday areas for us, and those of us not riding rides just hung out and talked about what happened over the past two years. My family has seen me post pictures of my finished bands, but hadn’t really seen the process. One cousin thought I was doing small bracelets, not pieces that are 9-30 feet long. So I warped up my loom and showed them all what I was doing. It was a new pattern for me, but I have to admit that I really like how it came out. Next time I use that pattern I plan to use something other than crochet cotton, as I would like the threads to melt together better and give me a less open pattern.

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From there I jumped right into another pattern. It’s one I’d seen for a long time on Pinterest, but didn’t think it would work out, or look anywhere near as good as it looked, but as soon as I started weaving, I fell in LOVE! I think this will be one I weave a lot of, as long as people actually buy it! I love how the threads really melt together on this one, unlike the previous band.

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And I also took some from the huge box of thread I got at Panteria, and wove my favorite nested Thor’s Hammer pattern in cotton and wool. The wool was a beast, as it was only the very thin dark brown, and it locked onto itself with every turn.

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So while that’s all good, this month wasn’t all success. I put together a band I had been wanting to play with for a while, but I wasn’t thinking things through as I chose my threads, and the red is too thick. So while the flowers look good, the red pops through the black between the flowers, and I don’t like that. Everyone else seems to like the band, but I’m my harshest critic.

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But I also had a couple of huge technique jumps this month, and those really excited me. Turns out that in-period (I need to find out when and where for my research), dressed were laced up using very fine tablet weaving that’s woven into a very narrow tube. My first attempt at this was with very fine cotton, using only six cards. Three of the cards were threaded rust (all four holes, S threading), the other three in off-white (all four holes, S threading). The cards vary to form stripes, and I’m only passing the shuttle through from the right. I beat the threads down hard, then pull the weft through tightly, using my fingers to roll the newly woven portion tightly to make sure none of the weft is showing. It’s working really well, and I’ll be posting more and pics as I progress with this. I only have about four inches finished so far.

I managed to get in the groove with Applesies And Fox Noses. I understand why some people really like the book, but I’m still not sold. More to come on this.

Lastly, I sat down with Walter (I’ll be doing a posting on my looms soon, as friends who only see the finished results have no clue what I’m weaving on), and warped him for GNEW and teaching. After GNEW I sat down with Claudia’s newest book (I’ll be reviewing a lot of books soon, so more on that soon), my loom ready in front of me, John Malarky’s DVD playing on the TV, and Stacy next to me telling me that it needed to be done one way, not the way they were telling me to do it. He really needs to do some tablet weaving so I can point and laugh. He’s very supportive, just doesn’t get it. Anyway, I was surrounded by knowledge and a determined mindset, and I figured out the basics of 3/1 twill! I’ve not really played with it much, but I get the basics of it, and I’m not at all afraid to jump in and play with it now. I knew that once I finally grasped the basic idea behind it, I’d laugh at myself for thinking it was so big and scary, like double-faced. Well, I’m not to that point yet, but I know I’ll be there fairly soon, so I will keep plugging away at it.

Sorry about all the rambling, and I have a lot to write about. I will try to get something up each and every Wednesday between now and NaNoWriMo! That is my goal, between all my weaving.



Stepping Things Up!

I’ve been extremely slack with my blog, but as I’m stepping things up with both my tablet weaving, and my tablet weaving classes, it’s time I step things up here. I’ve done a lot of weaving, but none of the pics have been posted. I need to get some of them up here so that I can show people what I’ve been doing, and what I have available for purchase.

For now I’m going to show the two most recent bands woven on my trusty loom, Loomer. They are both woven out of bamboo in mushroom and nutmeg, for a cinnamon brown linen tunic I’m making for Stacy (hopefully for GNEW).

This first one was a simple 4X4 what I stretched to being a 5X5 to make the pattern more interesting. I’ll be using this around the bottom of his tunic. It measures 98″.

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The next couple pics are double-face weaving that will go around the cuffs of his tunic. It is 88″ long. Yes, that says Aloysious, his SCAdian name.

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These next pieces of band are also double-face woven, and will be around the neckline. The diamonds will come down around the neck. The blank bit will be where I fold it into a point before running it back up the other side of the neckline.

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I know it seems like a lot of medieval bling for one tunic, but I will be teaching a couple of Beginner Tablet Weaving classes at GNEW, and I’d love to have something to show off to the people taking the classes.

Hopefully within the next week I will be able to get up pictures of Stacy in his tunic with the bands attached. Fingers crossed. Keep checking back as I’m going to work hard to get something posted here at least once a week, showing what I’ve been weaving each week.

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EDIT: Five hours after the original post and –
– I’ve eaten supper, did an hour of actual work (like stuff for my boss).
– Ironed five yards of brown linen.
– Cut out a T tunic from one Stacy already has.
– Sewed the side seams, cuffs and hem.
– Attached the wide diamond trim around the bottom – by machine.

Yes, all of that is done! So, tomorrow all I have to do is attach the Aloysious arm bands and connected diamonds neck band. Fingers crossed that I can bet the rest attached as I’m doing that by hand.