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« on: September 30, 2011 11:48:01 PM »

After some soul-searching and math classes I decided to follow my love of fibers. I've decided to perhaps get into textile design and other fiber related employment following my education. This semester I'm taking Independent Fibers as it allows me to work and go to school. I truly love a good twill and my favorite colors can be somewhat bright, so I'm trying to combine the two in such a way that it doesn't hurt the eyes. It was intended to be a wrap, but I neglected to account for my chest, so it doesn't fit the way I envisioned. Lesson learned, I promise you.

So this is the first product of my second semester in fiber. While looking for books on Spinning I found the most amazing pattern book for a 4-Harness Loom. The Handweaver's Pattern Dictionary by Anne Dixon is absolutely fabulous.

So this is all done with cotton yarn, on my Structo table loom (20 inch weaving width, 20 dent reed). While my measurements were off, I still am in love with the weave, it was my first attempt at a deviation from the standard 4,3,2,1 warping I learned first. I certainly made a few mistakes, but I was able to fix them before weaving. I did all the weaving over the last four days. I found David Bowie's Life On Mars, had it on replay and wove for hours. It was magical.

Here is the warp, being wound on.


Some serious business progress.


The finished piece.


A close up of the weave.


Thank you for looking. Smiley


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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2011 02:57:10 AM »

wow I am in awe of the time involved in this.... beautiful piece!
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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2011 03:16:15 AM »

Soooooooooo PRETTY!!!!! Grin I would love a skirt made out of that (probably not the right kind of material for that but I love the pattern/colors!) If you don't mind my asking, where do you go to school?
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« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2011 03:56:02 AM »

WOW....that is absolutely gorgeous!
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« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2011 06:56:13 AM »

Dammit that is just BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Grin
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« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2011 09:51:05 AM »

This is my first post in this board, but I couldn't resist. This is beautiful. What a work... I love it!
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« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2011 10:06:29 AM »

The colours and pattern are lovely!
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« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2011 10:52:33 AM »

This is beautiful! Such great handiwork!
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« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2011 01:45:58 PM »

I've never done any weaving, but this makes me want to try!  What beautiful colors, and the end result is just gorgeous!!
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« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2011 02:40:21 PM »

HOLY COW! I'd wear that as an epic scarf, and neon-haters be damned!

You are so darn talented, can't wait to see what you weave next!!!
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« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2011 06:14:11 PM »

wow, the time and patience involved, and skill blows me away.
I would personally hang it on a wall, this is art.
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« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2011 05:31:31 AM »

That's a really fantastic weave you've got going on there!
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« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2011 06:35:57 PM »

Love the weave on this - great job!
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« Reply #13 on: October 02, 2011 10:47:35 PM »

That is just AMAZING!!

I love the weave! It's beautiful, and the colours are really fabulous together, despite the bright!

I would love to be able to take classes in college for fibre arts, that would have been my THING, but we don't have stuff like that out here! Too bad, I would pay for a degree in that! LOL
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« Reply #14 on: October 04, 2011 08:26:30 PM »

Wow!  that's amazing.
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« Reply #15 on: October 05, 2011 12:54:23 PM »

very nice job blending all those bright colors into a piece that isn't retina burn....
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« Reply #16 on: October 05, 2011 08:03:03 PM »

totally gorgeous!!
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« Reply #17 on: October 06, 2011 08:15:29 AM »

Wow I love it! The colors are awesome!
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« Reply #18 on: October 08, 2011 11:51:07 AM »

Soooooooooo PRETTY!!!!! Grin I would love a skirt made out of that (probably not the right kind of material for that but I love the pattern/colors!) If you don't mind my asking, where do you go to school?

There is no wrong kind of material, as long as you've got a good lining.  In fact, my mom scoffed when I made a heavy wool skirt over the summer.  Now that it's colder and I can still wear my skirt she's less skeptical.  (Though she still doesn't like it since she's allergic to wool.)  Moral of the story is, as long as you're careful and make it with the right time of year in mind, there is nothing wrong with skirts made of unusual fabrics.  (Though like I said, you'll probably want a liner for some fabrics, especially if they are delicate or prone to fraying.)
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« Reply #19 on: October 09, 2011 08:15:10 PM »

You have an amazing color sense. You have a great future in textile design!!
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« Reply #20 on: October 11, 2011 06:20:15 PM »

This is gorgeous.
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« Reply #21 on: October 17, 2011 06:21:34 AM »

Beautiful work.  I love the colours and pattern.
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« Reply #22 on: October 18, 2011 04:12:52 AM »

fantastic! makes me wanna try weaving!
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« Reply #23 on: October 20, 2011 08:17:00 AM »

that is amazying! i recently went to a yard sale and picked up 10 bolts of this yarn and since i have no way/idea to do this i am happy to see your work. there is so much detail. great work and keep it up!:)
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« Reply #24 on: October 20, 2011 10:15:27 AM »

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« Reply #25 on: October 21, 2011 11:06:52 AM »

It's beautiful Shocked
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« Reply #26 on: October 22, 2011 05:24:44 AM »

I only ever used a loom once but it was so much fun! As for this, that looks like the comfiest scarf in all the land, phenominal job Smiley
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« Reply #27 on: October 22, 2011 12:59:39 PM »

Soooooooooo PRETTY!!!!! Grin I would love a skirt made out of that (probably not the right kind of material for that but I love the pattern/colors!) If you don't mind my asking, where do you go to school?

Thank you Smiley It would make a cute skirt, unfortunately there isn't enough of it. I eventually want to make enough fabric to sew myself up a skirt. Future project. I'm going to Pima Community College in Tucson AZ. I'm lucky to have a really great instructor. She's really helped me improve my weaving. I highly recommend taking a weaving class, it's been the most enjoyable experience of all the years I've been in school.
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« Reply #28 on: October 25, 2011 10:03:24 PM »

This is ridiculously beautiful, and you did it just in time for fall! Although I don't suppose it matters much in Arizona.  Wink Gorgeous work, I love it and can't wait to see your future projects!
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« Reply #29 on: October 29, 2011 04:09:45 AM »

Totally beautiful.
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« Reply #30 on: October 31, 2011 04:01:26 PM »

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« Reply #31 on: December 06, 2011 09:19:14 AM »

Gorgeous!! I'd love to learn to weave.
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« Reply #33 on: April 16, 2012 07:57:24 AM »

Well thank you so much! That's really exciting Cheesy
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« Reply #34 on: May 31, 2012 05:29:52 AM »

Can you tell me what brand/size of cotton yarn you used?
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« Reply #35 on: June 13, 2012 11:22:02 PM »

I believe the yarn I used is Homestead 8/2 Cotton yarn that I bought from the Halcyon Yarn website. I used a 20 dent reed with it which worked really well.
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