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Monday, October 11, 2010

My corner of the world!

 Boy am I having fun.  I have also destroyed alot of yarn :-( .  See EVERYTHING to do with warpface fabric is the OPPOSITE of what I have been doing for the last 12 or so years in tapestry weaving.

When I warp for tapestry, it really takes very little time.  Even when I use the warp bar which makes the warping a hair more complicated.  It can be done with practice in about 30 min.  Not so with warpface fabric.

All of your design is in that warp as those are the only threads that show.  If you want stripes, or if you want to do pick up patterns, or brocade you have to warp accordingly.  On  warping board.  There are also alot more threads in a warp face design.  On tapestry the average for me is between 6 or 8 ends to the inch.  On tapestry it can even be 50 or more to the inch.  So a 2 inch fabric would require 100 warp threads.  Get the picture?

I have destroyed more yarn in the past month than I think I ever have in my life, AND I HATE WASTE.  At least I am not using all of my beautiful yarns that KraftyMax gave me yet.  It is a very good thing she gave me yarns as all of this warpface weaving takes an entirely different kind of yarn to my "fuzzier, stickier" tapestry yarns.  You need yarns smooth, slick yarns that won't catch on each other because they are all pushed as close together as possible for warpface weave.

I did get two small green linen bookmarks though.  When I rewarped after destroying the first warp, I went decidedly shorter and narrower.  I even did a float pattern on a solid green piece.  I was told you wouldn't be able to see them unless you had a striped background, but I figured at that point I had nothing to loose.  Well it does indeed show, it is just a much subtler effect.  I am thinking of eventually doing a piece that has a matt off white and a shiny off white to see if I can get a tone on tone pick up design.  Saving that yarn for now though until I have a few more warp successes.  LOL

As for Thursday's weave workshop, Dana completed her first tapestry and removed it from the loom.  I was very proud to find out that she had been weaving quite often while I was out of town.  She even played around with some different techniques.  She tells me that she is going to make a handbag and our next warping will be the strap and side panels for the bag.  BRAVO DANA.  (I am the proud mama again.)

She isn't sure she wants me to share pictures with you yet...but I will keep trying.

So this is what is going on in my little corner of the world.

I will definitely be posting more pictures as soon as I have some success with my new Mini Wave loom.

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