Weaving Fail and Save

While in Redding my daughter and I visited a local yarn store and saw a beautiful woven scarf.

The beautiful scarf.

The beautiful scarf.

I fell in love with it and asked the woman working at the store what yarn was used and what dent reed was on the loom.

Another one on the loom.

Another one on the loom.

Here is another one of the scarves on the loom.  Isn’t it so pretty?

All warped up and ready to go.  So excited!

All warped up and ready to go. So excited!

As soon as I got home, I warped up my loom.

YUCK!!  This is how the weaving turned out!

YUCK!! This is how the weaving turned out!

This really looks terrible!  After posting to a weaving facebook group that I am a member of, someone pointed out that my warp is much more spaced out that the store sample.  ARGGH!!

Selvage ugly!  So frustrated!

Selvage ugly! So frustrated!

Even when I was a new weaver, my selvages never looked like this!  This is really the wrong yarn for my warp and my reed.

Weaving with a different yarn.

Weaving with a different yarn.

I went to “the stash” and pulled out some nice purple yarn that went nicely with some of the colors in the warp.

Love the subtle striping that is showing up.

Love the subtle striping that is showing up.

I am happy with the resulting cloth, but it is not the delicate piece that I was hoping for.  I still have enough of the warp thread to put on a smaller dent reed and try again – which I might do once this is finished.

Log Cabin Woven Scarf

This scarf has been off of the loom for quite awhile now!!

The 17 year old modeling my new scarf.

The 17 year old modeling my new scarf.

All I had to do was trim the fringe and cut threads.  But…it sat in the mending pile for months!!!  This will be a nice one for winter.

Close up of the pattern.

Close up of the pattern.

I really like the way this came out.  I love the contrast of the light and the dark.

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She is trying to talk me out of the scarf!!

I am so ANGRY!!!

I finally found a few moments to warp my 4-shaft table loom.  For me this is not an easy thing to do.  I don’t have a lot of free time and when I find some, I am usually not at home.  I am usually sitting at a soccer game or waiting for one of my children at their music lessons.

In the last week I found some time to measure warp and to get it onto the loom. I was so happy!! I had plans to make some more dishtowels (I LOVE handmade dishtowels) and it has been so long since I have woven on this loom. I was really looking forward to starting a new 4-shaft weaving project.

And then THIS happened…(insert “doom” music)…

Eaten warp threads.

Eaten warp threads.

Our evil little cat ate my warp threads!!!

ARRRGH!!

ARRRGH!!

Can you believe it?!!  None of this is salvageable!  What a complete waste of supplies and time.

Just another view of broken threads.

Just another view of broken threads.

Good thing our kitty is cute!

Scarf Ta-Da!

The weaving on this fun scarf was finished quite awhile ago, but I needed to weave in ends and cut the fringe to the desired length.  Why does the finishing take so much longer than the actual weaving?  But no matter, without further ado, here is my fun, soft and colorful scarf.IMG_3330

I bought this yarn on a whim at JoAnn Fabrics because it was something new at the time and so so soft.IMG_3331

I bought two balls of variegated, two balls of the green and two balls of orange.  IMG_3328

That’s me!IMG_3333

A couple of the kids were having fun with poses with this scarf.IMG_3334

They make me laugh!IMG_3332

Here’s his “tough guy” face.IMG_3335

More color!  You can’t have enough color!

Loop De Loom

I have a confession to make – I get distracted VERY easily!!  I went to Michaels the other day with one of my daughters and saw this there:IMG_3174IMG_3175

Doesn’t that look like so much fun?!!  I had to have it!  Of course once I brought it home, I had to try it out right away.IMG_3176

It comes in this nice neat package and needs to be assembled.IMG_3178

I think this is soooo cute!!  It was super easy to assemble and didn’t take very long at all.IMG_3183

Then it was time to warp it up.  I think this took the longest – not the actual warping, but the cutting of the yarn.IMG_3184

The start of a project.  Maybe a coaster?  Or a cell phone cover?  I don’t know yet, but this is really easy to use and fun, fun, fun!

On My Loom

I am really enjoying my Cricket Rigid Heddle Loom!

Log Cabin

Log Cabin

I have been learning some new things such as this Log Cabin pattern.  After a few false starts, I seem to have gotten the hang of it!

Fluffy

Fluffy

I also warped up for this fluffy scarf.  I have quite a few of these Cricket Rigid Heddle looms that I purchased for teaching my summer camps and it is becoming increasingly difficult not to warp them all up with different projects!!

Rigid Heddle Woven Scarf Sample

I finally finished the sample scarf that I started last summer to get ready to teach weaving camp.

Finished Scarf

Finished Scarf

This was such a fun scarf to weave and I found the cricket loom to be very easy to use.

Even Weave

Even Weave

I wove even weave first with two different colors and I really like the effect.

Sample Stitches

Sample Stitches

 

Loop Pile

Loop Pile

Then I tried this Loop Pile stitch from the book “The Weaver’s Idea Book” by Jane Patrick.  It is a really fun stitch, but I am worried that with lots of use, this might pull out.

Danish Medallions

Danish Medallions

This was also a very fun stitch called Danish Medallions.  It is a little fussy and takes a bit of time, but I love the way it looks and can see myself using this again.

My  model being funny!

My model being funny!

Of course my son thinks it looks good as a head wrap!!