Sunday, April 26, 2015

Back to gauze weave

I've been doing some more gauze weave samples.  This sample is in 10/2 cotton set at 20 ends per inch, 4 ends per dent in a 5-dent reed.

The pattern is from a publication from 1890 about mechanized production of leno and figured leno, Die mechanische Weberei und die Fabrikation der Kunst- und Figurendreher, available on or The notation is all in German but I can follow the diagrams just fine.  I had to rearrange the shaft usage for best sheds on my loom.

It will be interesting to see how this looks once it comes off the loom and is wet-finished.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Back from a Fiber Retreat


I spent three wonderful days at the Conference of Northern California Handweavers (CNCH), which was held this year at Asilomar Conference Grounds. This was our weaving classroom:

Inside, the weaving class that I took.  I got a couple ideas during the lectures to apply to a design for which I'm currently making samples.

A weaving path to a sunset.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Tonag with a Twist

A tonag, I learned recently, is a sort of a Scottish poncho.  Here's my Fraser tartan made up into a poncho-like garment.  This version can be worn asymmetrically for an updated look.  It's really a cozy little thing to wear.

The lacy sprang decoration adds to the eccentricity of the garment.