twisting, twisting, twisting…

…and more twisting.  The bronson lace scarf was probably cut off the loom two weeks ago (or does it just seem that way), but has taken me this long to show the finished result because of all the fringe twisting required.  To be fair, this probably isn’t a big job for a more experienced weaver, I’m sure they do it in the blink of an eye.  Part of the problem was that I was doing it at the kitchen table, so for every meal, I had to move it.  I found it to be a long and tedious job, so I would get up, stretch my legs, get a coffee, check e-mails, you get the idea.  There are a total of 226 fringes that are made up of 6 threads each.  Each bundle of 6 threads is divided in half then twisted using a fringe twister, the two groups are then put back together and twisted again, in the opposite direction.  The finished look is worth all the time and effort.

twisted fringe

twisted fringe

 

fringe twister

fringe twister

 

Scarf

Scarf

 

Scarf

Scarf

 

Lessons I learned on this project:

– when you get on a roll, don’t stop

– when things are not going well, stop and walk away

– a fringe twister is a handy device

– a husband who will make me a better one is handier

– tencel feels like cardboard straight off the loom

– tencel is soft and drapey once washed

– a good pressing makes everything look better

 

Happy weaving,

Kelly

 

Goodies in the Post!

Just received a small box of goodies from Fleece Artist and Handmaiden that will appear on the website soon.  Want a sneak peak?

 

Yarn!

Yarn!

 

Want a closer look?

Handmaiden Lace Silk – 100% silk, 900m/100g, $42/skein (plus tax)

Handmaiden Lace Silk - Topaz

Handmaiden Lace Silk – Topaz

Handmaiden Lace Silk - Aurora

Handmaiden Lace Silk – Aurora

Handmaiden Lace Silk - Beach House

Handmaiden Lace Silk – Beach House

Handmaiden Lace Silk - Moss

Handmaiden Lace Silk – Moss

Handmaiden Lace Silk - Violetta

Handmaiden Lace Silk – Violetta

 

Fleece Artist Trail Socks – 80% merino/20% nylon, 325m/115g skein, $20/skein (plus tax)

Fleece Artist Trail Socks - Cedar

Fleece Artist Trail Socks – Cedar

Fleece Artist Trail Socks - Charcoal

Fleece Artist Trail Socks – Charcoal

Fleece Artist Trail Socks - Ruby

Fleece Artist Trail Socks – Ruby

Fleece Artist Trail Socks - Topaz

Fleece Artist Trail Socks – Topaz

 

Happy knitting!

Kelly

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bronson Lace

In my efforts to expand my weaving repertoire, I am now trying my hand at a weave structure known as Bronson Lace.  I am following a draft that can be found here.

I am using 2/8 tencel that is threaded at 24 ends per inch, as called for. This is quite a change from the wool blanket that I finished recently that was woven at just 8 ends per inch.

After some initial hiccups with selvages and treadling, I am finally making some progress.

2/8 Tencel

2/8 Tencel

Warp Chains

Warp Chains

Headles Threaded

Headles Threaded

Tied to Front Apron

Tied to Front Apron

Weaving!

Weaving!

Happy weaving,

Kelly