First Woven Handspun!

A few posts back I posted photos of handspun yarn I’d spun to use in my first attempt at weaving.

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Although I was incredibly excited about starting weaving, I felt overwhelmed with the whole weaving process, it’s a pretty full on skill and I didn’t want to be a butterfly- fluttering around many crafts and not becoming proficient in any.

Also, any spare headspace was taken up with Spinning and Dyeing classes, family and other responsibilities (not necessarily in order of importance).

So when Heather, The Inquisitve Weaver turned up with a beginners loom that looked like this, small, easy with (relatively) instant gratification, I was hooked and booked!

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Heather talked me through everything, we warped the loom with the chosen colours, I had no clue what to expect so I was completely in her hands

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What is it about just looking at colours that makes your mouth water?!!

After a little while and some basic instruction I was on my way. My finished fabric looked like this

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And my scarf looks like this

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It still needs washing just to finish it off properly but I couldn’t wait to share. It’s a very simple beginners scarf but I’m incredibly pleased and because I’ve been able to take baby steps into the weaving process, I feel able to take the plunge into a table loom. I can’t recommend it enough.

If you fancy coming and having a look at the Beginners looms, Heather will be at the Spin In this Saturday to demonstrate how it works.

Yew Tree Farm
96 Grimshaw Lane
Ormskirk
Lancs
L39 1PE
07985972100

1-4pm. £4

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Spinning to Weave with The Inquisitve Weaver

A couple of posts back I blogged about my Navajo plied Nimbus fibre, which after spinning extremely thinly, I had a major rebellion, shoved it in a basket and moved on to something less, well, tightly pinched. The photos of the Navajo plied Nimbus are just a couple of posts down.

I’d planned to spin for Yarndale, starting with this Juniper yarn, but then, I was asked by Heather of The Inquisitive Weaver to take part in her Rigid Heddle Weaving class. The class is being held here at my house in Ormskirk on the 24th of May but Ginny( my Lazykate partner and also my mum) and I are taking part in a trial run day on the 7th.

Heather weaves these wonderful bears and rabbits called Loomies. I love her weaving and hope some of her talent will somehow drift over to my end of the table.

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I can’t tell you how excited I am to be doing this. I’ve longed to weave my own handspun yarn, I have a loom, albeit an ancient specimen, I’ve done a little bit of preparation. I even have the Craftsy class on weaving. Somehow though, life and spinning takes over and I forget what I’ve learnt.

So the Juniper Yarn, well that’s going to be my first weaving yarn.

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Thinking if which fibre to compliment it, I spun the rest of the Nimbus fibre, not with Navajo plying, just plain plying which I loved doing because I didn’t have to think so much, and not thinking is fine with me. I think they go together well.

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So, what to add a bit of zing? Well I love Spin to Weave by Sara Lamb, the colours she uses in her weaving bring the garments to life.

I would definitely recommend her book if this is something that has even mildly interested you, you will be hooked.

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So, I dyed this fibre with the intention of zinging up the other shades. It’s certainly bright enough, perhaps a little to shocking, but only time will tell. I’m spinning it up over Easter so I’ll post the progress….

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Super zingy – no filter, just pure sunlight.

If you’d like to come to Heathers Rigid Heddles Loom classes, they’re purely for beginners, go to her facebook page to find out more. <

The Inquisitive Weaver

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