Log Cabin

I am working through a series of weaving structures and log cabin is currently at the top of the list. It is a fun technique to practice keeping the threading order straight during warping as well as getting the right number of pics per inch to make sure the squares are actually square. Check out how the vertical "logs" look a lot longer than the horizontal logs even though the squares are the same sizes. I guess the old fashion advice to wear vertical instead of horizontal stripes is true!

log cabin weaving / warporweft.com

I used carpet warp for both the warp and weft with a sett of 12 ends per inch. I like carpet warp a lot for projects like this because it is super easy to work with.  

log cabin on the loom / warporweft.com

To practice an additional technique, I added a floating selvedge to each side even though balanced log cabin does not typically need a floating selvedge. It is what looks like a loose purple thread at the end of the work (you can see it near the top right of the photo). I am not a huge fan of straight log cabin, but I really like it for an accent and found it to be a good weaving exercise.

 

 

Finished Men's Hat

Now that the hat is finished, I can truly say that I highly recommend this pattern if you are looking for a men's hat pattern. The pattern is very simple to follow and the hat turns out perfect. And I knit the whole thing in just a few hours over two days. The pattern is Oskar by Vithard Villumsen available on Ravelry for $0.99, which is well worth the cost. 

Men's Hat Pattern / warporweft.com

As I said in yesterday's post, the yarn is a light worsted weight called Kenzie, which is 50% New Zealand Merino, 25% Nylon, 10% Angora, 10% Alpaca and 5% Silk Noils =  an incredibly lovely weight and texture. There are about 160 yards per skein, so you need about one and a half to make this hat.  I am going to buy another skein of the yarn in a complimentary color and make a second hat. I am thinking stripes... 

Knit hat / warporweft.com

Here I am wearing the finished hat! It is a bit large on the top for me, but fits my husband perfectly.

Men's Hat on the Needles

I am switching it up today and started working on a hat for my man. It's been awhile since I made him something and, even though he probably will not be able to wear this for a few months, I think he will really like this hat.

Mens hat / warporweft.com

The yarn feels great and looks perfectly manly. It is Kenzie made from 50% New Zealand merino, 25% nylon, 10% angora, 10% alpaca and 5% silk noils. I am surprised this yarn isn't more popular. It may be my new favorite. 

Plaid on the Loom

Working away on plaid handwoven cloth. It is a fairly easy weave. The hard part is making sure that all of the squares are square. An important lesson that I learned on this project is not to measure right after I beat a row, but to wait until a few more rows are added because the rows tend to pack in slightly. 

Handwoven plaid / warporweft.com

I am using Harrisville Shetland wool, which is a delight, especially after weaving with a 20/2 wool during my last project. This is noticeably thicker and much easier to work with. The colors are black, magenta and periwinkle. 

My helpers / warporweft.com

I have a lot of helpers today! You may also notice that I had to switch out the tie on bar for a shorter dowel. During the last project, the metal on the original bar was bending under the pressure every time I advanced the warp, so I changed it. I also bought longer dowels for wider projects and will used the appropriate lengths for each project. 

Color Wraps for Plaid

Working on weaving plaid cloth for the first time (it is Seattle after all: we still love plaid!) and trying to get the order of the colors right. The yarn is Harrisville Shetland wool. It's thick and durable but not scratchy after you soak it and the color options are incredible. 

yarn wraps for color test / warporweft.com

I am going to try the wrap on the right. I am not fond of the wrap on the left and am concerned that there will be too much black to see the plaid if I go with the color sequence of the middle wrap. Hope you are having a great and crafty week! 

Overshot Table Runner Reprised

You may recall that I wove an overshot table runner in a snails trail and cats paw pattern in April. I was not entirely happy with the spacing and the beat, so I changed the sett from 22 epi to 24 epi and viola! I love the result! 

Snails trail and cats paw overshot woven cotton / warporweft.com

Squaring the squares was much easier with the sett at 24. It's a bit difficult to look at in the photo, but is beautiful in person. The warp and tabby are 10/2 perle cotton and the red weft is 3/2 perle cotton. 

 

Omega Wrap Turned Scarf

Two summers ago (wow, time really does fly!), we went to Colorado to visit family. As my then boyfriend-now husband had never visited Colorado before, we drove to Rocky Mountain National Park. It was a picturesque day and there was a herd of elk by the side of the road. It was truly incredible.

Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado / warporweft.com

We stopped for lunch and a bit of shopping in Estes Park, which happens to be one of my most favorite towns - the scenery is magnificent and the air smells unbelievably clean. We wandered into a yarn shop called the Stitchin' Den that is three floors of unbelievable yarns most of which I had never seen before. It was a delightful experience as the people who worked in the shop were very friendly. 

Omega Wrap / warporweft.com

I purchased the pattern for an Omega Wrap by Chris Bylsma Designs. I used one skein of Madeline Tosh Vintage worsted weight yarn in alizarin and one skein of ribbon yarn that varied the ribbons throughout the skein.  Overall, the pattern is great, but I did not account for the fact that I am fairly well endowed and the mobius twist does not sit right across my chest.  

Omega Wrap / warporweft.com

To modify it, I wear it as a scarf.  I also did not like the "edge roll" in the finishing and would omit it if I used this pattern again. I do love the interplay between the standard wool yarn and the different types of ribbon.  

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Textiles at the Honolulu Museum of Art

While we were in Hawaii for a family reunion last month, we visited the Honolulu Museum of Art. My dad started studying Asian painting earlier this year and was excited to see the museum. Of course, I was immediately drawn to the textiles room.  Below is an overview of the handwoven items from mostly Polynesian countries. 

Handwoven Dress Mats from the Marshall Islands / warporweft.com

Traditional dress mats from the Marshall Islands. These were typically woven by women and made from pandanus fiber, dyed hibiscus fibers and local vines. I love the detail on the borders, which are woven into the fabric.

Man's Dance Costume from Fanning Island / warporweft.com

A man's dance mat from Fanning Island. 

Sleeping Mat / warporweft.com

A sleeping mat from Borneo that was woven straight up and down rather than on the diagonal. Made from rattan palm. 

Floor Mat from Fiji / warporweft.com

A mat from Fiji made with pandanus leaves. The leaves are boiled, the spines are removed, then the leaves are pounded with sticks and dried in the sun. The dark color is created by a special black mud. Several women can weave the mat at the same time. 

Samoa hand weaving / warporweft.com

These mats were given as wedding and funeral gifts in Samoa.  The detail on the end, including the red decoration is exquisite. 

While off the main tourist path for a first trip to Hawaii, if you are interested in weaving, the Honolulu Museum of Art is very interesting. You can see the rest of the collection by visiting the museum. 

Overshot Table Runner

My first full weaving project is complete! It is a snail trail and cats paw overshot pattern from the Davidson weaving book. The warp is 10/2 white perle cotton and the weft is 3/2 red perle cotton. I really like the pattern, but I had the sett at 22 epi and it should be more, so I am going to try it at 24 epi. 

snails trail and cats paw overshot woven table runner / warporweft.com

Another funny thing is that the photo next to the pattern in the Davidson book is different from how the pattern turns out. The snail trail is six lines in the book, but five in the pattern.  I like it both ways. 

Overshot snail trail and cats paw handwoven / warporweft.com

I am going to try it again wider and with a closer sett.  I really like the red and white combination, but may try other colors. 

Swedish Rosepath Sampler

Here are some pictures of my recent Swedish Rosepath sampler. It was the first time I used a threading sequence other than 1, 2, 3, 4 and it was fun to use a structure other than plain weave. I also had to learn tabby, which is a technique to keep weft in place when the same shaft is raised multiple times in a row.

Rosepath handweaving sampler / warporweft.com

Spring must be inspiring me because I am really into pink and green color combinations these days. You may recall that the tapestry and rug technique sampler I made last month was also pink and green. 

Swedish Rosepath handweaving / warporweft.com

The warp in this Rosepath sampler is 10/2 perle cotton from Lunatic Fringe. The weft has sections of 10/2 perle cotton, 3/2 perle cotton, Harrisville Shetland and Cascade 220 knitting yarn. 

Swedish Rosepath weaving sample / warporweft.com

I ordered two colors of 10/2 wool to make a scarf in Rosepath. I really like how some sections of this will be great to use as borders and others are great as a full pattern.