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1  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / How to measure woven cloth on Rigid Heddle Loom?? on: February 05, 2009 11:36:01 AM
I know this will probably end up being one of those really obvious answers, but I am a self-taught weaver and it's kind of all a mystery to me. 

I have a Schacht Flip Rigid Heddle loom and I love it.  One thing I never seem to be able to get right though is the actual measurement of my finished cloth while weaving.  Is there a way to keep track of the finished length of the cloth as I go?  Does this even make sense?

2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Butterfly Wings on: November 01, 2008 10:26:06 AM
My coworker was talking about wanting something homemade for her 18 month old to wear for Halloween.  Of course this got me thinking and we started talking about dressing her as a butterfly.  2 wire hangers, some duct tape, a pair of nylons and some paint later:

My coworker and her husband loved them and after some initial hesitation so did the little girl.  She stopped by the office to stock up on loot and show off her wings.  Cheesy
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Quilted Seatbelt Cover on: July 02, 2008 07:59:42 PM
I hate how my seatbelt cuts into my neck while driving.  Especially when it's hot or on long drives...  so:

Scraps of fabric and batting, sewn together like a pillowcase and turned rightside out and quilted, velcro close...  tada

The squiggly end was a rather unsuccessful attempt to use my quilting foot. 
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Recycled Aleita Shell on: June 22, 2008 12:42:27 PM

I finished a summer top before the first day of summer!  This is an accomplishment for me, as I seem to usually start and set aside many many summer tops and never actually finish them.  Sigh.  Startitis, I guess.

Pattern: Aleita Shell by Bonne Marie Burns in Interweave Knits Spring 2008
Yarn: recycled from a thrift store sweater. I have long since lost the tags, but I remember linen and cotton in the fiber makeup.
Mods: I made the body longer before the split but other than that I followed the pattern (I think). Now that I've worn it, I think I should have knit another 1" - 1 1/2" on the ribbed top portion before splitting for front and back, but it's not something that will keep me from wearing the top.  I'll definitely be making another one or more... 

5  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Handspun Alpaca scarf on: June 14, 2008 11:08:47 PM
Just in time for summer! 

I made this to work on my consistency and just to generally practice.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.  Both warp & weft are my handspun alpaca.  I had dyed one batch a deep green before spinning.

The alpaca comes from a former coworker.  They have six alpacas and this was from the first batch of fiber they had processed.  I'm getting closer to sheep-to-shawl!  Next step:  figure out how to keep a fiber animal in my apartment.  (note to self:  research miniature sheep or alpacas...   Grin )
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Circles & Squares: Quilted Duvet Cover on: May 21, 2008 08:35:38 PM
This is the biggest thing I have EVER made!

I'm really happy with it.  The top of the duvet cover is backed with a sheet and quilted in the ditch.  The back of the duvet cover is a 100% cotton sateen sheet.  Fabrics for the top are all from stash (yay).

My small apartment leads to some creative maneuvering for this big of a project:

I had to sit on the top as I pieced it to pin the next row. 

And, the duvet cover goes nicely with the new "art" I made for my bedroom walls:

(I seem to be a bit stuck on the same color palette lately...  Cheesy)
7  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Towel Rug on: April 12, 2008 10:51:50 AM
(couldn't come up with a more clever name... Smiley )

I had this idea percolating for a couple of days.  So, $8 in cheap-o towels and an evening later:

It turned out a bit bigger than I had intended (36" x 27" including the side fringe) but I'm really happy with it.

My favorite part of it is how the strips formed rounded bumps on their own when I beat the weft (terminology?).

My homemade loom is holding up well, but I am beginning to recognize the limitations, most notably the awkward method of winding the weaving as I go.  Must. Buy. "Real".  Loom... 
8  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Baby Blanket on: April 09, 2008 06:06:49 PM

I picked up a real heddle (8-dent) on Saturday and promptly began this blanket for my cousin's new baby.  It's about 40" square (a little less on one side...  oops).  I wove it in 2 pieces and joined in the middle with kitchener stitch. 

I did a quilt-type binding around the edges for stability and durability.  It's far from perfect but I am so pleased with how it turned out. 
9  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Merino Handspun Shawl on: April 03, 2008 07:54:30 AM

I used some of the first 2 yarns I ever spun on my wheel to make this, which seemed appropriate for my first finished weaving project. 

It is far from perfect (or even "right") but as I always tell people who are stressing about getting their knit stitches perfect:  If you're producing a knit (or in this case woven) fabric and you're happy with it then it's right. 

It's too loose in some areas and too dense in others.  The selvedges are a mess. 

I love it. 

The popsicle stick rigid heddle I built myself held the warp yarns too far apart, which resulted in an uneven fabric (I think).  I've got an idea for a better homemade heddle, I'll give it a go on the weekend.  I also plan to make a trek out to the one store in the area that sells weaving equipment (that I know of.  Calgary weavers?  Any others?) and see if I can pick up a real rigid heddle.
10  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / First Weaving Attempt & Homemade Loom on: March 29, 2008 01:34:03 PM
Never underestimate the insanity determination of a completely somewhat obsessive craftster...

Warp is crochet cotton and weft is some Ingeo I dyed and spun (not Ingeo roving, but Ingeo stuffing from Walmart....Cheesy )

I've been so inspired/obsessed with many of the beautiful weaving projects I've been seeing and have been looking at loom prices.  Then I think to myself "You don't really need to weave" as I can't justify another large-ish craft equipment purchase (right now)(haha). 

A couple of days ago, this idea came to me fully formed while at work.  Then I had to wait (agonizing!) until I could get to Rona (CDN handyman store). 

Ta Da!

10' of 1" PVC pipe, 8 elbows, 2 T's and $22.59 later...  (and a lot of figuring things out as I went...)

Considering I have never seen a loom in person, it works pretty well!  I need to make (or purchase) a better heddle, as the one I made is not rigid enough and has a couple of spots where the warp catches. 
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