Handwovens

 

 

I finally got some pictures of things I've woven (there's more, but I haven't caught them with the camera yet), so I decided to set up a separate page for them.

 

I've tried to clean up this page a bit, to keep loading time down. I've also tried to sort finished objects by *what* they are, not just when I finished them.


 

First up, dishtowels. There's just something special about handwoven dishtowels - they are more absorbent than commercial ones, they match my kitchen much better, and, hey - they're fun to weave!

 

Dishtowels, v.1.0. They turned out great, I love the hand...but I forgot to weave in the shrinkage amount I had calculated. I wove them to 18", which is where I wanted them.....after washing and drying, they ended up at 15". They're still useful, but not quite as big as I wanted. Dishtowels v.1.2 will be woven to 20".

 

A pile o'dishtowels!    More towels.

 

I took the towels up to work to get a better picture - I knew that divider would come in handy some day!

 

Wouldn't they look nice on a clothesline?    And more dishtowels    And another shot

 

Intrepid viewers will note that there are only 7 towels pictured. Number 8 is in my washer - it got used. Number 9 has disappeared....I have *no* idea what happened to it!

 

I learned a lot with this warp - 10/2 cotton does OK at 20 epi, but would probably do better at 24 or 28; you have to weave the towels longer to take account of shrinkage (DOH!); 20 epi is not *that* fine; floating selvedages are very useful. My serger finally agreed to work, which made separating the towels a snap, and sped up the hemming process. Sewing thread is a wonderful idea for hems.

 

I also learned that I really need matching placemats and napkins, and I need dishtowels et al that match my color scheme, and I really, really, really need a handwoven curtain in my studio.

 

Dishtowels, v.1.2. 10/2 cotton at 24epi, threaded to a twill sampler. I only have 2 towels displayed - otherwise I'd be here all day coding, and I don't feel like it. I did toss all of them (10) on a chair for your viewing pleasure:

 

2 examples of my twill sampler dishtowels.  All of them are different, but you have to *see* them to appreciate it    A whole mess of dishtowels! Don't they look festive?

 

You can see a closeup of the patterns on the County Fair page.

Dishtowels v.2.0. 8/2 cotton at 20epi, threaded from a Handwoven Magazine pattern (from their Treasury). What I learned from this warp: 1/2 pound of yarn is not enough to wind 4 towels, even when you make them narrower and shorter. Always buy more yarn than you think you need. Huck is a fun texture - I've ordered more yarn and will be weaving up more of these soon as it gets here.

 

Dark Green weft on a nice tan warp.  Pretty towel!    Emerald weft on same warp.  This one really looks good in my kitchen    Orange weft on same warp.  This one really looks good in my kitchen, too - but the picture doesn't do it justice

 

I really like this pattern, and am working up a similar warp now - I'd like to sell some and make enough money to buy more 10/2 cotton!

 


 

Dishtowels v.2007. 8/2 cotton at 20epi, threaded to a couple of huck variations. I ran a 10 yard warp; most of the towels were given away as prezzies, and the only one I got a picture of is this one (the 2007 Fair entry):

 

A nice, happy, bright towel!

 


 

Next up, scarves. They are very quick projects, and can be woven on the smaller table looms - less waste! They're small enough that I don't get bored with the warp before I'm finished.

 

This scarf is woven out of the Shetland on the yarn pages. My author friend has a trilogy, based on the book of Genesis, set in Scotland in the late 18th century. One of the heroines is named Rose - this pattern is Rambling Rose, so it fits. The finished scarf has a wonderful hand, and is so squishy and snuggly! Hope she likes it!

 

Woven out of handspun shetland yarn, natural and French Blue.  Set at 8 epi.  Lovely hand!

 

This scarf was my entry in the 2006 Kaufman County Fair - it did rather well! I donated it to a friend's sorority auction.

 

Woven out of handspun 'dragonhair' yarn.  Set at 8 epi, and woven off in straight twill.  Lovely hand, beautiful scarf!    Closeup of the scarf

 

This scarf was a gift for our church's handyman. He made me some wonderful spinning equipment, and I thought he deserved something handspun for it (plus the cash. I'm not a total cheapskate!) The pattern is Pebble Weave, from 'A Handweaver's Pattern Book':

Woven out of handspun 'Beast' yarn.

 


 

Shawls....ahhh, shawls. Not as fast as scarves, but lots of fun. The wider width and longer length mean I can play more with color effects and/or patterns.

 

Here is the first shawl I ever wove. The warp was "fast food for the loom" that I picked up from the now defunct Woolenworks - I love the whole concept of premeasured warps! The weft was the same as one of the yarns in the warp:

 

Lovely shawl - the perfect weight for those inbetween days    And we wondered what we would do with this divider at work?

 

Here is the 2007 shawl. The warp was handspun Border Leicester/Falkland Island wool,the weft was handspun tussah silk/kid mohair:

 

Lovely

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