Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Weaving: Finishing up a warp.

After a wonderful workshop with Briony Foy, I ended up with a loom that I needed to return to it's owner and about 12 feet of lavender warp still on it.

As a weaver, it is hard to just rip warp off of a loom if it's still weaveable.  Even if that which is warped on the loom is uninspiring.  Since it wasn't a background color that thrilled me, and the supplemental warps were not evenly spaced across the loom, I wanted to weave it off quick. I decided to take out the supplemental warps and just do plain weave.  In light of being tired of lavender (even 2 years after our wedding), I grabbed green for the weft to try to off-set it.  I'm pretty happy with the outcome. I always like green.

I also decided to add in some seed beads.  I thought that I would do this in my Theo Moorman that I warped on my loom, but I don't quite have the mental grasp on how to layer them into the supplemental warp, but getting them into a plain warp is easy!  I think I'll do a little tutorial on it soon.  It's somewhat time consuming (as most beadworking is), but if you're just going for some light sparkle in a scarf or wrap, it's not bad.

The way that I am weaving the beads into this weaving is great because the beads show on both sides of the scarf, yay! I'm actually just using the basic technique of beading on a bead loom.  You have to bunch some of the warp threads together as you go (using your best judgement).  When you weave the warp make up half of the square footage of the fabric and the weft makes up the second half.  With this piece the 11/0 seed beads are larger (spatially) than the weft so you have to make up for it by bunch some of the warp to keep it even. 

I can't wait to get this one off of the loom now!

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