All posts by Terry

Show and Tell, Jan 2021

Ange:  Twill Blanket

55 x 62 finished, not including fringe. It’s Timm Ranch wool from Meridian Jacobs, 10 EPI in a straight twill. I got about 25% shrinkage when I wet finished so it was ginormous on the loom but it went from a gauzy fabric on the loom to a beautifully soft and cohesive fabric off the loom. It’s natural white warp and white weft so hard to see any pattern on the photos… I attached one of it on the couch for size and another closeup of the twill.
I had two problems that I’ll note here…. One was the yarn was pretty lively twist wise so it wanted to kink up on me; I didn’t watch for that closely enough on the bottom layer so ended up with some parts where the weft doubles back on itself a bit. I fixed a bunch of them before wet finishing but left a few to see how they would look and now wish I’d fixed them. The second issue was that I was so afraid of pulling too tight at the fold that I didn’t pull tight enough so some of the threads there are a little loose; most of that came out in the wet finishing but not enough. Stripes would probably have hidden it 🙂

 

Cathy DiBenedetto:  Coiled Rope Baskets
I was inspired to learn about these coiled rope baskets when I saw one
that was shared on the website in May. Although that one was held
together be weaving, mine are sewn on the sewing machine. I have done
many while sheltering in place this past year.I use clothesline covered with strips of fabric. I fold over the top edge of the strip so it eliminates the raw edge. I think it makes a
nicer looking basket. It’s a great way to use leftover yardage or fat
quarters. I’ve also experimented with Macrame cording. It works well but
the basket is not as sturdy. My sewing machine appreciates the less
dense macrame cording though. Much easier to sew through!  The fun part
is creating different patterns with colors and prints. Also doing a
variety of finishing with flowers or tassels, beads and buttons.

 

 

Show and Tell, Dec 2020

Sharolene:  Vest

Daryl Lancaster designed vest. I used my hand woven fabric that I made with Kathryn Weber’s hand painted warps. Yarn is 100% cotton from 8/2 hand painted and 5/2 black. Weave structure is turned taquete. I am in the last stages of putting it together now. I still have to put on the trim and the zipper and a good press and I’ll be done.

 

 

Teddie:  Placemats and Table Runner

Four place mats and a table runner in rep weave. The pattern is from
Handwoven Sept/Oct 2005.

Show and Tell, Nov 2020

Johanna:

Double width log cabin blanket from Jennifer Moore’s book p. 77-78.  It is woven with Shetland wool purchased from Eugene Textiles and is incredibly soft.  I altered the design a bit but kept it the same width on the loom of 40 inches, and wove 87 inches in length.  There is a total of 800 threads and is sett at 20 epi. I used a floor mirror to the side of my loom to check the side to make sure it remained open as I wove and this helped some.  I am pleased with how it turned out and will now work on finishing the twisted fringe and do a wet finish to give it more fullness and softness.

 

 

Gail:

Crackle Scarf, 7.5” x 71” on the loom, fringe twists and wet finishing still to be done.
8/2 tencel, warp and ground weft. Pattern wefts: shantung silk yaspee (dark brown) and a silk/wool blend (orange and tan). Also some picks in a metallic yarn for a little sparkle.

 

Betsy B:

Blanket, cardigan, hat and booties that I knit for my first grandchild.

Rag rug woven with cotton strips.

 

 

Show and Tell, Oct 2020

Gudrun:  Hucklace Scarf

20/2 Perle Cotton with some iridescence, Sett 30 EPI

 

Ann: Lace Collar

Crocheted collar using handspun lace weight Bombyx yarn. Singles were spun S and plied Z in an effort to keep the yarn crisp through the hooking action. The collar weighs a mere 7 grams and measures 12″ across.

 

 

 

Damon: Floor Rug in progress

Finished  Dimensions:  46” x 70”.
Warp: 12/9 Egyptian Cotton
Weft:  primarily wool of varied weights, some heavy sewing thread in a few places

Loom: vertical tapestry loom

 

Joan: 

I’ve been practicing a little on my spinning wheel. I spun and plyed some off-white wool with colored wool (roving purchased already dyed). I’ll use it to make something with the pretty green wool I got from John H.

The other pictures are of Deer Hollow Farm wool I recently received back from Valley Oak Wool & Fiber Mill. This year I tried a blend of Finn fleece (dark brown) and off-white from a Romney cross sheep. It was fun to twist up all of the skeins – 68 this year.

The pictures are: a sample of the three types of yarn; a few skeins of Finn sheep breed only – dark brown; several dark brown with a little white blended in; lots of skeins with a balanced blend of dark brown and white. Contact Joan if you are interested in purchasing any yarn.

 

 

Terry:  Recent completed projects include a knit shawl and woven Shadow Weave kitchen towels.