I've just checked when I last posted. Early July - almost 3 months ago, and it feels like a lifetime.
Well, the purpose of this blog was partly to keep me going with my textiles and to get me motivated to FINISH PROJECTS.
My weaving class has just begun for the Autumn and - having not made time to plan a new project - I have been finishing off bags which (I can't believe this) I initially wove in about 2005....... I know I made the handles in May 2005, because I did a quick blog about it. I am feeling duly chastened and committed to doing more finishing.
Hence this new post. I have some weaving on my loom which was started at least 18 months ago, and I think probably more like 2 years. Or more.
I am weaving a throw for the futon which sits in our dining room and sometimes serves as an extra bed. I quite like the blanket which is covering it at the moment but its not big enough.
This new throw follows colours I used on one of my favourite cushions which developed out of a project I did as part of a City & Guilds course in weaving and design.
The design board was based around "Living Forms".
I found a little bit of twig covered with wonderful lychens - I particularly liked the combination of soft greenish greys, dark slatey blues and a hot bright sulphury yellow.
I don't think I'd have thought to put these colours together, but was really pleased with the weaving designs which I based on the colour scheme.
So these are the colours in the throw. The yarns are mostly cotton, or cotton / silk / linen mixes.
My loom at home weaves up to only 24" wide - so I am using a technique of weaving a number of layers at once. The layers can be joined at the sides - or on only one side or the other, as the cloth is woven. I'm weaving 4 layers - the top layer is joined to the 2nd at the right, the 2nd joins the 3rd at the left, the 3rd joins the 4th at the right - so, once woven the cloth will open out into one piece 4 times the original width.
Here are the two edges of the weaving:
Its such a wonderfully clever technique (and a very old one), and its not at all as complicated to weave as it sounds (though it does need a loom with 8 shafts) - but it does grow more slowly than plain single weaving.
This is no adequate excuse for taking so very very long over it.
Neither is the fact that my loom is in the spare / guest room.
I hope to post once a week here, even if its just one line recording how much I have woven in the past week.
Today I wove over 5 inches.
This despite the fact that I spent far too long obsessively searching (and re - searching in the same places) for my weaving notebook which - though I didn't need it right now - does have useful notes of previous projects and workshops.
It was only about 10 minutes after giving up the search, when I had been weaving, relaxing, thinking, drifting... that I realised where it must be.
Who knows what I might realise and remember if I manage to start weaving regularly at home again?