Silk and Cotton Top

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This very simple but elegant silk and cotton top was woven on a 24″ (60cm) wide rigid heddle loom using a 10dpi (40/10cm) reed.

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The warp is a mixture of tussah silk yarn, a cotton and silk yarn and a totally recycled yarn (the one with the flecks of colour) from Rowan found at Woolfest last year.  The weft was a white silk, cotton and viscose yarn.   Although the weaving looks quite open, after washing the threads meld together to make a beautiful material with lots of drape.

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Using a wider rigid heddle loom has allowed me to use the full width of the woven fabric to place my pattern on, so no centre seam required as is the norm if using a narrow width loom.  I still cut my pattern pieces out individually on a single layer of fabric to make sure everything fits on.  After cutting out I use the Iron on Woven Interfacing on all the cut edges before overlocking or zig-zagging.

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The neck is finished with a natural length of linen bias binding and slips over the head comfortably.

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The sleeve edge takes advantage of the selvedge so no hem required.  An addition of shell beads adds to the luxurious feel to this simple top.

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This versatile pattern from Get Weaving #T008 has the addition of a band running around the bottom hem, using a strip from the handwoven fabric after the other pattern pieces had been cut out, giving this top a modern touch.  This and many more new patterns will be on our stand GET WEAVING at Wonderwool in Wales this April.  DO come and see us if you are about. We love to see what you all make and share ideas.  Happy Weaving

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Blue Stocking Dress for Spring

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Here is another version of the wonderful pattern from Get Weaving # DR006, made this time from a linen and wool fabric woven on the 20″ (50cm) rigid heddle loom.

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The weft is a singles yarn, spun from small rolags in a variety of soft colours, in no set order to give short lengths of blended yarn.

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The warp is all linen, threaded on a 10dpi (40/10cm) reed, 4 threads of each colour threaded across the full width of the reed.  Although a 20″ (50cm) loom the finished fabric after washing will be closer to 18″ (46cm) in width and several inches shorter in the length so always allow for take up and shrinkage when calculating your warp mileage.

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A linen warp and a woollen weft is traditionally known as a Linsey-Wolsey fabric and was popular in the 1700’s when there was a shortage of wool in the country due to it all being exported abroad. Linen was freely available from Ireland so this fabric became a popular substitute.  It is heavier than flannel and has a lovely drape and feel.  The singles weft beds down well amongst the stiffer, linen threads which have a tendency to remain aloof and unforgiving.

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Using this brilliant pattern with its six panels, especially designed by Sarah for narrow widths I can cut out each piece individually and then using the Iron on Woven Interfacing secure all the cut edges before either over- locking or using the zigzag on the sewing machine. From then onwards it is normal construction for any garment.

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Cleverly the pockets are inserted between the two side and front panels making them easy to put in and very secure.  Buttons are a decorative feature for both the tabs and the pockets as the dress is roomy enough to slip comfortably over your head. This is such a useful pattern, great with tights and boots or equally a shorter version with jeans.  Go to Sarah’s facebook page to find out more about her many sewing patterns.

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Classic Wool Skirt

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A warm, woolly skirt, thick tights and boots are my favourite clothes for winter months and what a simple project this skirt is for the rigid heddle loom.  Woven as one length using the 7.5 reed and DK weight yarn the fabric weaves up very quickly to produce a good length ready to be cut into four pieces, 2 fronts with a centre seam and 2 backs with a zip and a kick pleat.

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The warp yarns were 2 picks of turquoise boucle and 2 picks of blue mohair. The weft yarns were  2 picks of green and turquoise boucle wool and 2 picks of turquoise mohair.

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Remember to always wash your woven fabric by hand when you take it off the loom to allow the fibres to merge together and give your fabric a good drape. We love to wash our weaving on a windy day and see it blowing in the breeze!

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Always use the iron on woven interfacing, cut into strips on all your cut seams to secure your weaving.  This wonderful product makes sewing so easy with handwoven fabrics. Enjoy these cold, winter days by making beautiful, handwoven fabrics on your rigid heddle loom.  Get Weaving!

 

 

 

Wonderwool Revisited

IMG_2417It is hard to believe that it is already two weeks since our wonderful visit to Wonderwool in Wales where we met so many enthusiastic fellow weavers and shared our love of the rigid heddle looms and the lovely fabrics they can produce.

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This year as well as selling our three weaving books we were promoting Sarah’s range of Get Weaving sewing patterns especially designed, by her, to fit onto narrow widths of handwoven fabric made on the rigid heddle loom. With over twenty different designs for all members of the family these patterns proved very popular, especially as we had actual garments made from the patterns for people to see and handle and try on.

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It was also a great a pleasure to catch up with old friends and fellow weavers.  Here is Rosie Green from the Saori Weaving stand wearing a very beautiful dress made on the Saori loom using the clasped weft technique.

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It was also a delight to meet up with the Ashford Boys who were over here in the UK for this show and then off to Europe to meet up with all their suppliers. They are the new, young face of weaving and it was great to have their support as we do so love the Ashford equipment, though some of you may have spotted a Schacht rigid heddle Flip loom hanging on the wall behind them!  We do like to use all types of rigid heddle looms and we are so pleased to see so many new ones on the market today. To find out more about the sewing patterns go to Sarah’s facebook page.

 

Wonderwool in Wales 2017

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We are so looking forward to being at Wonderwool in Wales this weekend (April 22nd and 23rd) with our new and exciting collection of garments made from narrow widths on the rigid heddle looms. 20170302_131101

This year as well as selling our three books on weaving on the rigid heddle loom we will also be promoting a new and innovative range of sewing patterns especially designed for narrow widths of handwoven fabric so that you can make so much more than just scarves and bags from your lovely weaving.

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Sarah and I will be on our stand GET WEAVING (T3) in HALL 2 on Saturday and Sunday demonstrating all day and we will be happy to answer any questions or help if we can.  We also look forward to seeing some of the lovely things that you have woven on your rigid heddle looms.

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We will also have our three books Simply Woven, Creative Weaving and Get Weaving for sale at a special show price so do come and give us a look if you are there.  If not, we promise to tell you how it went in our next update. Happy Weaving

Scarf # 12

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Hard to think that this little chap could have been the inspiration for all the lovely yarns used in this scarf. They include silk, merino wool, Shetland wool, lurex thread and tri-lobal nylon! Quite a mixture, but all lovely and soft to the touch so easy to weave with and nice to wear.