Thursday, May 16, 2013

My Warped Universe, combining hobbies and workspace for total creativity!

Let's pretend it is Thursday! It's another weaving of embroidery and textiles...

I found these gorgeous yarns and textile strands in my stash.  It pays to knit and sew because so many scraps are generated to tie into this warped universe! I love the sparkly stuff and all the strands tied together. Using a table swift you can tie more together and wind them up.  Having a ball winder makes it happen quicker.
A sewing studio is often filled with machines, a cutting table, and storage units.  Even a small loom requires space when you are first creating the warp.  The warp is the strands you will be weaving up and down through, in case this is new to you.  I know I want the next scarf to be 72 inches so I need to have that length available while setting it up.  I can't fit in any more furniture so I use what is in the room.

I clamp my loom to one end of my cutting table.  On the far end, I open and extend the drawer to my storage cabinet and secure the dowel and voila! 72"  

Depending upon how all those yarns, ribbons, braiding and fluffy strands weave up will determine whether or not I want to add embroidery.  I have no idea what it will look like.  My friend, Stevie came over to see the loom in action and she did suggest I weigh all the yarns to ensure I could split them up in case symmetry becomes important.  Not sure yet but everything has been weighed and split into two groups. 

Having two people setting the loom up really helps with proper tension during the "wind ups". Thank you, Stevie! I use my old stitch in the ditch paper to wind the warp onto the loom. First you tie the yarn to the warp beam, begin winding and then slip the paper in between so that the rows of yarn being wound are kept separate. Perhaps it keeps the yarns from tangling - I do this because I read this in my Cricket directions and I am not ready to venture off as a newbie.


I've got the leader done in bright orange so when I remove it at the end of the project it will be easily identified. I keep reusing the same orange yarn for this purpose. It truly is waste yarn. I will weave this up over the weekend and by Tuesday it will be up on the blog with or without embroidery depending on what all these yarns do!  


Anonymous said...

Will be very interested to see the finished scarf, thanks for sharing. Regards, Nita

Lynn B said...

If you get into weaving even more consider a warping board. Think 2ft by 3 ft (ish) rectange from boards with pegs around all the sides... then you can wrap long lengths of warp back and forth until you get the lengths you want. Try putting on warp much longer than you plan for a single project. You can weave 2 or more things on a single warp - just use waste yard inbetween.

Cookie Gaynor said...

Lynn, I have tried to picture this in my mind and can't I wrap my head around the concept even saw a warping board on a website and still don't get. I do understand the waste yarn in between, that's it. How does a warping board work with my smaller cricket?

Unknown said...

I had the best time learning and "helping" the weaving set up. I was lucky my suggestion at the time the warp was removed from the hook didn't ruin the project. Cookie is right... follow the rules of engagement in the set up and save the creativity for the project.
Can' wait to try more... love the idea of weaving 2 or more things with one set up!!