Monday, December 15, 2014

A new bookmark pattern draft!

Hello, friends. The holidays are upon us and in case any of my weaving friends are interested in a smashing project that (I PROMISE) won't take up too much time or precious yarn, I have a nice gift idea for you. Here is a peek at what awaits your friends and family!

Nice, right? The draft is loaded up here on this blog post as a picture file. But before you go and dash off to your yarn stash here is some general information:

1) This is an 8 shaft, 10 treadle design. If you have a 4 shaft loom, you can weave a very fine looking point twill similar to this but it won't be quite as intricate.

2) I used 10/2 mercerized cotton for warp and weft. You will need fewer than 80 ends to weave this project. I used black in the warp; ivory or white would also look nice.

3) I sett the threads at 24 epi (2 per dent in a 12 dent reed).

4) The weaving draft is coded for a jack-style loom.

5) You can adjust the sett to suit your prerences; if you use a sett of 24 ends per inch like I did, I found that a firm but light beat will help your pattern picks to stand out.

6) A 3 1/2 yard warp yielded 8 book marks; you might get more or less, depending on the amount of loom waste that is specific to your loom.

Here is the draft:

If you have any questions about the pattern, please drop me a note in the comments field right here. This pattern hasn't been "tech tested" by other weavers, but if I've omitted something, I'm sure that between the two of us we can hammer out the necessary details.

Happy weaving, friends!
Be well,
Kate K.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Why I will keep blogging

Hello, friends. I just cut off my final piece of weaving for gift-giving this morning and met with a lovely customer this morning who had requested a bespoke item. My next project will be a tartan ladie's shawl. I'm weaving this item for an exhibition at the League of NH Craftsmen gallery in Concord. It is a big project (for me) but the yarns are here and after a day or two off from the loom, I'm going to get going on the warp. The exhibit is in January.

Do you, dear readers, maintain a blog? Obviously I do, but one wonders sometimes if it is "worth" the time and energy involved. There are pictures to take and edit/resize and comments that sometimes need moderation and then there is the whole "what do I write about today" thing.

Well, I received a handwritten letter this week from a person who is not known to me. "Ann" wrote me a charming letter in which she shared her weaving story. Ann explained that she had been diagnosed with an illness and decided that she could a) feel sorry for herself or b) try something new. She decided to try handweaving and gathered up books and searched for blogs authored by weavers. Ann found my wee blog! And she shared with me that she wove a lace bookmark, which is a draft found here on my blog.

I was stunned by Ann's kindness in taking the time to pen a letter to me. I showed the letter to my husband and kids. It was so gratifying to know that I have been able to pass along a bit of what I have learned along the way - even via computer screen!

Ann's letter provided me with the resolve to do two things:

1) keep blogging about weaving
2) write more handwritten letters

Letter-writing is becoming a lost art, don't you think? While I love the convenience of email and text messaging, there is something really lovely about getting a letter in the mailbox and holding it in your hand to read it.

So long for now, friends, and happy blogging and weaving and letter-writing.
Be well,
Kate K. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

News from the loom room

Hello, friends. Well, seeing as it is November in New Hampshire I cannot justify ignoring my blog with excuses such as "I was working in the garden" or "it was a nice day so we went to the beach." I was slowed down a bit, though, as I was on a rigorous 3 week series of prescribed antibiotics to knock out Lyme disease (perhaps THE worse thing about living in New England). Either the Lyme or the antibiotics or a combination of the two really slowed me down for a while. Things are looking up now, however. While I can't really "catch up" on the weaving projects that I aspired to finish this fall in time for the holidays, I can at least resume and be satisfied that I'm able to weave more efficiently.

So, I've been working on scarves:

and I'm also working on dishtowels. I have had a couple of exciting opportunities come my way recently. A small selection of scarves and housewares are currently on display at DeCordova Sculpture Park & Museum in Lincoln, MA. And today I had an appointment with one of the League of NH Craftsmen retail galleries and will also have some items on display there. (More details on this soon - there are papers to sign and all sort of things like that).

So there you are. I do hope that my U.S. friends have a splendid Thanksgiving!
Be well,
Kate K.