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Park Your Mug

Posted by mobarger on Feb-28-2013

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Mostly finished mug rug! Here it is with the orange warp from the LYS and Blue Moon Silkie “Pond Scum.”

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And more of that Pagewood Farm remnant I had. I really got better with my selvedge with these babies.

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Here they are in all their glory (and apparently a large scratch in my kitchen floor!). I hemstitched them but have done nothing at all with the fringe. I hardly trimmed the fringe. Turns out you need really sharp scissors for that.

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They are so cute. And were so fast and easy to make.

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I can’t decide which one I like better!

Now what to do about that fringe ….

On Borrowed Lines

Posted by mobarger on Feb-25-2013

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Still weaving on my friend’s borrowed loom! It is a Kromski Harp. Now that my class is over, I had to give the shuttle back to the LYS who lent it to me. So I made my own. If you ever have to craft a shuttle out of cardboard, use a stiffer cardboard than I did. Also don’t wind the yarn too tightly around it or it causes it to bend and stick to the warp yarns as you pull it through the shed.

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The Kromski has these built-in holes for warping pegs on its underside. At the LYS we improvised with some pegs from their displays and used the loom as a warping board. Let’s just say I learned right off the bat how *not* to route the yarn around the pegs for an easy warp. I still like this method better than a direct warp: it seems faster to me.

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So for my first project, I am making a scarf. It is warped with Blue Moon Fiber Arts Sock That Rock Mediumweight ‘Rare Gem’ and I am weaving with MadTosh Vintage. I really wanted it in reverse but the MadTosh was not strong enough to be the warp. I wanted to see the variegation of the STR more, but I think this works.

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Meanwhile, I bought my own loom. (blush) It’s a 30″ Cricket Flip. It was already warped at the store so I used it as practice to make some mug rugs.

Over and Under

Posted by mobarger on Jan-5-2013

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You might remember when I took in a weaving demo last month? Well the bug bit and I borrowed a generous friend’s loom and took a class! Here is my first sampler. I warped with some random yarn at the LYS (Knitting Etc. Ithaca)and played with the weft. Note for you: kauni is not a good warp yarn! It simply is not strong enough. I decided to stop weaving with it and save it for something else that would really show off its colors.

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Next up, I tried some Pagewood Farms sock yarn remains I had to see the effect of a variegated yarn.

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Then I had a little bit of bulky yarn laying around. This is some of Jill Draper’s handspun from a few years ago before she was crazily famous. I love how it just sucks in the warp and creates a dense fabric.

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And finally I played with some Knit Picks Felici scraps I had to see what a self-striping yarn would do. Pretty cool!

I can see I am going to have a lot of fun with this weaving thing!