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« on: April 09, 2018 11:03:54 AM »

After dealing with approximately 20 months of winter in Wisconsin, I decided that our new house needed some added color, fiber, texture, and fun - and this challenge came along at just the right time! Kismet!

Before I go into the fun progress shots, here is the finished art yarn weaving hanging on it's wall, bringing joy every time I enter or leave our house. ***EDIT*** I forgot to mention that this piece is about 10 inches wide by 3 feet long.

Finished Weaving


I knew that I want to incorporate more fiber art into my house, and luckily I had just dyed up some locks this fall. So, I combined those locks with some of my hand-dyed roving and used my new drum carder to make the squishiest batt.

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Squishy roving strips ready for spinning


I then handspun the roving into thick and thin singles that I then plied toghether to make a super bulky art yarn.

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Plied Yarn


And another shot of the yarn becuase I love it so much!


After this, I wasn't sure how I was going to proceed. I had thought about making a loom using a picture frame, but I decided against that. Then after doing some Pinterest browsing, I decided to create a loom using a piece of wood. I wanted a weathered piece of wood and we just happen to have a set of stairs we are demolishing on our property. After breaking off three bits trying to get a board loose, I gave up on that idea and decided to use a piece of plywood leftover from another project.

I then marked out 1/2 inch spacings, hammered in some brass nails, and strung the nails with some handspun yarn.

First run at warping the board


However, this yarn was way too sticky so I decided to switch the warp with a thinner commercial yarn I had in my stash.

So now I was ready to start weaving my wall hanging. I used the hand-spun yarn as well as roving, bamboo fiber and hand dyed locks to create a piece that is full of texture and color. It only took me a couple of hours to weave and I learned so much. I can't wait to make another!!

Here are some close ups of the finished art








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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2018 11:12:44 AM »

This is definitely a very colorful and visually interesting piece! The thicker, more 3-dimensional fiber weavings remind me of fungal growths on tree trunks.
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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2018 11:32:32 AM »

This is so wonderful! I love the bright colors.
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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2018 11:54:14 AM »

Very cool!  I love seeing the whole process from carding to spinning to finished work.  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2018 12:23:58 PM »

It's absolutely beautiful LLF!! Love the colors and WOW! So much work behind the scenes.
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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2018 12:30:54 PM »

That is gorgeous! I actually like the thin black warp threads better than I would have the white, it offsets the bright colours without being too eye-catching itself. Beautifully done and I really enjoyed seeing all the steps.
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« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2018 12:56:07 PM »

That is gorgeous! I actually like the thin black warp threads better than I would have the white, it offsets the bright colours without being too eye-catching itself. Beautifully done and I really enjoyed seeing all the steps.

Thanks! That is another reason why I switched warp threads. The white yarn dominated the weave and I didn't want that.
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« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2018 12:57:08 PM »

The thicker, more 3-dimensional fiber weavings remind me of fungal growths on tree trunks.

Me too!!
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« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2018 02:51:21 PM »

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!
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« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2018 05:50:56 PM »

BEAUTIFUL!  I love it!
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« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2018 06:52:16 PM »

I love the photos, the explanations, and especially the finished product!
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« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2018 09:08:26 AM »

What a stunning piece of work. Such cheerful colors!!!
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« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2018 08:39:56 AM »

Beautiful!
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« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2018 11:06:31 AM »

Winter be gone!  This is so beautiful!
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« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2018 11:06:37 AM »

PS.  It's time to for everyone to vote on this challenge, woohoo!  Visit the challenge thread to see the voting poll & cast your selection.  All of the colorful entries are here!.  Kiss
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« Reply #15 on: April 12, 2018 01:01:32 PM »

Thank you everyone! This was such a fun project to work on. I have some left over yarn that I think I am going to turn into another piece of wall art. I will post that once I finish it!
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« Reply #16 on: April 13, 2018 08:46:04 AM »

This is gorgeous!! I think I may have to do something similar for one of the empty walls in my house  Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: April 13, 2018 02:00:15 PM »

This is gorgeous!! I think I may have to do something similar for one of the empty walls in my house  Cheesy

Oh, fun! I can't wait to see what you create.
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