Friday, January 31, 2014

Weaving

I can't believe its the end of January all ready . This year will fly by just like the last one at this rate.
I have warped up my 4 shaft loom for the second attempt at becoming a weaver. For Christmas I asked the boy's for weaving related gifts and was lucky to be able to replace the reed and get some more wire heddle's to make the second hand loom like new. Also I brought some spools of Thread to weave with.
Fringe twister 
Reed, thread and heddle's
 I spent three days threading 265 heddle's and the wove a few inches to find I had made a mistake and the had to work out a way to fix it. Can you see the error 
Overshot pattern with mistake

4 Shaft table loom , made in Australia 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

January 2014

2013 was a very bad year for me . It was found that I had a problem with my liver and started treatment in January the  21 . Exactly a year ago. the treatment involved an injection once a week and 24 tablets a day. I am also taking 18 other tables a day for my back pain and heart problem and a couple of vitamins. I was determined that this would work and so far it looks like it has but I will not be in remission until June when I have a biopsy, scan and blood tests. This is why I have not updated this blog much last year. I have been busy doing lots of different crafts because I needed something to keep my mind busy.
Over the last year I have knitted -
Made from Lace yarn form Knit picks sent for my birthday from a Ravelry birthday swap. 

scarf knitted from the Qiviuk below which was given to my for my 50th from Helen.

Lovely Qiviuk wool .
My spinning 






In June I turned 50 and brought a rigid heddle loom , then I brought a 4 shaft table loom


rag rug made from crochet cotton as the warp and 1/2 inch strips of quilting fabric I had dyed a few years ago.  

Test weave made from perle cotton as the weft and the warp is made from a cone of yarn brought at a fibre sale.
Above weaving finished.

Sock yarn as the warp and weft 


 I am still learning how to weave but over this year I hope to get better at it.

Free patterns will continue from next month.

Spinning and Dyeing

My dyed fibre being spun dyed yarn on the line drying