A First that is a Now part 2

Well, I just went looking and found that it was back in June that I had decided to weave again a pattern I had woven when I was first learning to weave. I called it then A First that is a Now as I was starting it, but all I had to show then was the worn out rags that I was using in the kitchen and loved from that first warp.

Fast forward. We are moving to Austin (some day when the Lord decides the timing is right to sell this house) so I had to weave off what was on the loom and get it all packed away. Promptly everything went into boxes and deposited in a forgotten place. But time passed by, and the guild sale was coming up, and I knew I had packed some things away for it and needed to find them sooner than later. I tore the garage apart several times. Been up on top of boxes and dressers, over chairs, in holes, thankful that despite I don’t do much in the exercise way, I am still fairly limber for the holes I got my self into. But to get back at it, I couldn’t find this plastic container that I could remember placing one item in.

Discouragement reigned about me. Until just last Fridayish I suddenly had a thought while out in the garage. I had put some thing in the closet under the stairs. Could the lost box be there. I walked very slowly in to look as I wanted the euphoria of finding it to last a little while in case I was wrong. But alas when I dug back – there was the box and what I was looking for was in it. But also I discovered my warp straight off the loom not washed or pressed, just cut off and dumped in the box to be forgotten. Yes, I forgot all about it.

So out it came to be washed and pressed and the hand towels cut off and hemmed. Now as I do love using the rags in the kitchen I had also woven rag sizes as well so each towel came with a washcloth (ok I will try and use a bit more uppity word). Oh the memories of that warp. So here it is.

I picked three colors in the stash for it. A red, a blue, and an incredibly light green that almost looks white. I made the stripes of blue and red. I had less red than the other colors so it became the narrower basketweave stripes. The blue became the twill stripes. The pattern is out of the Green Davidson Book but as it is in the garage right now, I can’t actually look up the page and pattern title.

I then wove a solid blue weft on this warp and it came out somewhat nice. You really can’t see the twill pattern in it but it has a great look to me anyway. Though here it does have a bit of fuzz on it so will get a second wash.

Blue weft hand towel and washcloth

Blue weft hand towel and washcloth

Since I had very little red left I decided to weave alternating stripes of the three colors. Leave it to me to have a basic twill weave and still end up using three shuttles. I just can’t get away from multiple shuttle patterns. And as such, of course, this is my favorite of the three. I did run out of the red so couldn’t make more than one set of them.

Alternating 4 picks of each color in the weft

Alternating 4 picks of each color in the weft

Then as I had tons of the light color I then wove two sets with it. Alas though it does wash the color out pretty much. Not a horrid look, and I did change the sett to help it some, but still not my favorite combination but it works.

Light color weft

Light color weft

Still have the other set of light weft ones to press and then hem and they will all be done. All in all not bad. Though as I wrote this I probably wove them in a total different order than I wrote about them here. Who knows what happened back there in June now.

Three wash clothes together

Three wash clothes together

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Christmas Tree Card

I had to make a quick entry here as I do like this card. The green cloth of the tree is from some finger towels I wove back several years ago, but they just didn’t look as nice as I envisioned them. They were plain weave with a border that was to look like a tree with a star on top. If you know what to look for you can see it – well sort of. I did give the best one away in an exchange and a gal swapped to get it as she knew I had woven it. But the others have just sat here. So now they are becoming real Christmas trees.

Christmas tree card

Christmas tree card

I have it recorded to remember it by.

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Fabric Sample Jacob’s Ladder

So I did try again with the Jacob’s Ladder fiber swatches. I was hunting the container with finished items for the sale (and no it hasn’t been found yet) but I did find the big bag of matting left over from framing prints while we were in England. I grabbed some bits out of it and added them to the one table I have out and it became a bit more crowded.  Then I was able to get to one cabinet that had some of my handwoven scraps and pieces in it and grabbed them. On with the idea.

So I decided that I would cut the matting into 3 inch squares. First part done, looking good except for one bit of miss-cutting but not very noticeable. Also cut three ribbons double the length of the cards and a bit.

Squares cut and ribbon.

Squares cut and ribbon.

I next went through fiber pieces and cut out 2 1/2 inch squares. It is nice to verify that it is good I have a hard time throwing small pieces away of my handwoven. In fact, I had a couple pieces not much bigger than what I needed. Now I may have done overkill but I ironed on backing to the swatches then glued that to card that I had that was punched out and the right size. Actually they were the right size as I planned this to match them. Then I glued that to the matting.

Swatches and cards glued up.

Swatches and cards glued up.

Next came the trouble of seeing if I could interpret the running of the ribbons between the cards and get it all correct. I looked at more pictures and figured it out a lot easier than the book was trying to tell me to do it. The book always wanted the new card to be laying on the table flat so the ribbons had to be manipulated carefully to get in the right place and also you had to play with the spacing. I discovered though that if you just stack them as you put it together, it works much better for this brain. So off we went.

Card one with ribbons glued on.

Card one with ribbons glued on.

First, I figured out where the three ribbons would go and drew lines to help be sure and get them as closely lined up evenly as this kid could do it. The first card is always the easiest. Now you would glue on top of this the back card to this set. Alas what dogged me on this whole project was getting the two cards glued together. I tried different glues and spent way too long holding the pieces together by finger point and they just didn’t want to stick together easily. Not sure if it was too much already glued to one side so it was curved too much or just haven’t found the right glue, but we persevered.

First set glued and staying together.

First set glued and staying together.

Now here comes the trick to making sure it goes together correctly. Don’t ask me to explain it but if I didn’t do it, well all went cattywumpus and had to be taken apart. Take this first set and turn it around 180° so that the white ribbon is running left and the black ribbons are running right. Or better the middle ribbon is running left and the outside ribbons are running right. Then fold the ribbons over the finished block.

Second block added with ribbons folded over.

Second block added with ribbons folded over.

Now you want to add the next card facing down on top of the ribbons and then bring them back over it and glue the ribbons across it.

Next card added with the ribbons glued to the inside of it.

Next card added with the ribbons glued on the inside.

Now take the card that goes with this one and glue the two together. Drive yourself crazy while trying to accomplish it, and eventually it does stay together at all corners. The main problem here is that I could easily set something heavy on top of these till they dry but alas with the swatches on them the corners do not get pressed together. I have only found fingers and time can get them together.

Second card of pair glued to the first with ribbons between.

Second card of pair glued to the first with ribbons between.

I continued on with this for all six sets. Alas though being me I did face troubles on set number four when I didn’t put the board in correctly and had to take it apart with glue everywhere. Sometimes you just want to kick yourself.

When I got to the end I did make loops on all three ribbons which probably was crazy. I did think that they might reach around and tie of a sort and hold it all together but that was not to be. But I did finish it. I wish it was a bit more perfect but alas and alack it was I making it.

And there is a memory in every swatch on it. One of my very first handwovens made on a table loom before I ever had a floor loom. My third try at log cabin and it came out so beautifully 3D. There are three there with the same warp yet so different. Two are actually the same cloth but the front and back are totally different textures (can’t really tell in the pictures though). I so think it a great pattern for towels but have yet to do it perfectly enough to venture out of this house. I guess you can probably guess I love Shadow Weave again with its play of light and dark and 3D-ishness. As well as I do love overshot and could remember two achievements there one for my husband who had worked on B-52s in the Air Force and one that is a copy of an 1830s coverlet.  But then my spinning is not left out as my first handspun cotton also get to shine in a swatch. Then there is the red warp for a swatch swap that I still don’t like and the one for CHT conference towel swap that although somewhat interesting, I really don’t care for either.

So here it is my Fabric Swatch Jacob’s Ladder.

One side the Jacob's Ladder

One side the Jacob’s Ladder

Second side

Second side

Fun things to do with it.

Fun things to do with it.

Yes, it does work and I so love playing with it.

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Fractal Triaxial Gift

At work everyone is taking something in tomorrow for our wonderful boss. I wanted to do something with a fractal card pattern I had found and used awhile back. Alas all ideas went south and didn’t come back from their voyage. So after a bit of fiddling, I found a different way to do it and finally got it done. Of course it looked a lot better on a computer screen than I could get it to print out but all in all I am happy with it. Instead of pictures in all the boxes I ended up going for encouragement. It is titled What do I Know About My God? and then My God is… with a list of wonderful characteristics of God.

All these boxes are different shades of green.

All these boxes are different shades of green.

I also framed a piece of triaxial. I wanted first to do my colorful stars but that ended chasing the other ideas to sunny climes. It did end up too thick to fit in the frame. So after playing with it a bit I did find a piece that worked and framed it in the glass frame. I think it looks nice.

I think of this as my book pattern.

I think of this as my book pattern.

My boss does love to read so I think this is particularly apropos for her. I see rows and rows of open books here waiting to be read and divulge their wonders to an enquiring mind. So many worlds to visit and loves to find. So here is what I will be taking in tomorrow to work to a great lady.

Ready to be wrapped.

Ready to be wrapped.

 

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An Evenings Work

So I want to cover some boards with a piece of weaving and triaxial is really all I have out. So I need two pieces about full size that would go together for front and back covers. So out came the really nice ribbon I have left over and in an evening created a piece.

Can you find the hexagons?

Can you find the hexagons?

I saw a pattern being woven in a picture online so decided to try and replicate it. I did work out the pattern but these were not the right colors to do it n. The colors need to be very distinct and contrasting. But anyway, it is a fun one to play with your eyes. I know what it is suppose to look like but I keep seeing two colored stars. This is not a star pattern. So I do get to play with what all one sees in it.

Love how different angles give different effects.

Love how different angles give different effects.

This one really does change how it looks when viewed at different angles.

Love this angle

Love this angle

So I guess, it is obvious I need to get it backed and then see if I have enough of these ribbons left to do another that would be different but still go with it. (I probably should fix that sentence but it is how this brain works so will leave it.)

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An Idea Finally Comes Round

So I am really a kid that hasn’t grown up. I feel like one most of the time and not anything near what the calendar says I should be. So I guess it isn’t surprising that I love toys, and I love Jacob’s Ladders.

I was looking through a book I have that I have no idea where it came from. I can generally tell you where every book I have was gotten but this one, hmmm… I just don’t know. It appeared, or reappeared, one day and has no marks in it so I didn’t steal it from a library. Guesses could be made. But on with the tale. I love most everything in it and an idea formed. What if I could make a Jacob’s ladder with card that have swatches on them and the ribbon immeshed in between cards and maybe sayings on the backsides? So I dug things out to try it. Couldn’t find many things and have even done the inevitable buying of more cardstock as who knows where my big paper box is in the garage.Now I have had to keep things really neat here as we are still showing this house but woe to whoever comes upstairs at the moment as it will tell of a person who loves creating, whether good at it or not,  has limited stuff out, and so is experimenting on small scale.

This week has been an exercise in trial and error. I understand, relatively, how a Jacob’s Ladder works. I have made wooden ones before so this isn’t new territory. But this was just not getting through this brain how it went together. In the end after countless trials and errors. I think I know my basic mistake is a need to switch things over between each new set but to get that down in a written form that I will understand the next time will be another matter.

Anyway, here is my reminder of this little project.

This was a Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained sort of project

This was a Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained sort of project

Weaving a Pattern of Dark and Light

Weaving a Pattern of Dark and Light

Thoughts are but dreams till their effects be tried. So goes with this project.

Thoughts are but dreams till their effects be tried. So goes with this project.

As nothing will come of nothing we have ventured.

As nothing will come of nothing we have ventured.

Now if you haven’t seen a Jacob’s Ladder in action, you must go and find a video of one. If you haven’t played with one, you must buy or make one. So much fun and changes that can be made.

Here we are at angles with ourself.

Here we are at angles with ourself.

Now to actually make one that will be really nice.

 

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… And the Not Ugly

First. Thankfully I did not have to continue with the spaghetti western theme of late. Or did I?

Ok, so I’m showing here what colors I like. The last two that were good are the same colors with just minor adjustments to the pattern. The Good… was the same ribbon but with the silver being more dominate Now the maroon is the more dominate color and the pattern is a bit different.

Finished pattern

Finished pattern

I didn’t notice till later, but with the different ways of looking at these pieces and how the angles can play with ones eyes, this one could also be lightning strokes. A much larger storm than the other piece but still a storm is brewing.

Alas My first impression with this one was that is was rows of open books. Now that may be because most of my books are in boxes and stacked away. For some reason realtors don’t think that having 1500 books stacked around a house and this way and that on shelves is very appealing to many when they come to look at your house. (She even had the audacity to try and convince me to take most of them to the library and donate them. Ok, as my husband would agree with her a few have departed the premises but not near what either could wish.) So anyway I am having a great lack of just seeing books around me right now. Not to say that last night I kept wanting to turn around while sitting here and grab a book off a shelf. I could have gotten it blindfolded but alas there was nothing there.

But back to the piece. It really has a lot of different looks from different angles and light. Alas, my camera and I just couldn’t replicate them in 2D as opposed to what I was seeing in reality.

Another angle

Another angle

In the low light of late evening one would never guess it was the same piece. But again the picture just doesn’t do it justice but to remember the fun of it, here it is in poor replica.

Low light interesting pattern

Low light interesting pattern

It really had a completely different look and I still wish I could see it again but alas and alack. The one done with more light just didn’t look the same at all.

I think I love just how these pieces play within themselves as much as actually making them. How many different looks can one piece give me? What is the play of light with it? How does the myriad of angles change it?

Well, this is enough fun for right now. Must go sand and paint, but will be back to another piece shortly.

 

 

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The Bad…

So I finished the Lightening pattern and am feeling real good about my triaxial weaving. Actually I was feeling really too good. I had bought some 1/8 inch ribbon in bright colors and had a great idea to try another pattern in that old set of copied patterns that would just look great so small and neat. Oh, for famous last thoughts!

So Mark’s niece is getting married and his mom calls and tells him that it would be better to go to the wedding shower than the wedding if one were to pick. Actually his niece wants to just elope and be done with it. So I grabbed all the bits to work on this on a flying car trip to Dallas in only a part of a day.

I work away. Love the colors. Takes incredible amount of time with such thin bits.

Thinking all is well and I love the colors

Thinking all is well and I love the colors

So I am loving the colors thinking all is well. Need to get a picture in process. Keep on working.

(Insert Charlie Brown cry here.)

(Insert Charlie Brown cry here.)

I snap another picture in what seems like months later and things just don’t look right so stop to consider it. AAGGGGHHHH!!!!! I went over one under one. I must now pull out all the pink ones and do them again. So starting over on layer two. Alas it is hard work to keep my angles correct and tight. I finally decided to run one green ribbon through (it was going to be accent in the third layer) and see if the angles were ok and workable or not.

(Insert Charlie Brown even louder now.)

(Insert Charlie Brown even louder now.)

The bottom two inches or so were great but the farther north one went it just had to vier further east. Way too far east. Oh dear oh me oh my! I know what must be done but as one who doesn’t like to rip out I fiddled and fiddled. So where did it all end?

The sad pile on its pattern

The sad pile on its pattern

I had an idea to just take out back so far but in the end just pulled every single pin out. Now I don’t like to waste things so they will stay together and next plan is to try them on a much smaller scale. Maybe a 4 x 6 inch rectangle. I still think it will look ever so wonderful but alas I did decide to instead take a break from the bad – in workmanship only, and try something new next. Hopefully the next post will not be a continuation of this saying. I am not even a fan of spaghetti westerns.

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The Good …

So we are in the midst of this moving thing. The house is on the market and we are hoping to get an offer today or tomorrow from a couple who saw the house on Saturday. So am ready to be done with this.

But as I sit in this very minimalist house, I am learning that I absolutely am not a minimalist. I am going crazy, but I do still have my triaxial stuff within reach and have been playing some with it. I pulled out an old set of sheets for patterns that I had been given.

Pattern instructions

Pattern instructions

They were black and white and basically based on each layer being so many dark or light ribbons repeated. Alas you can’t see the crossovers in these very old copies. So I have been playing with them and then having to remind myself of basics as I keep doing the second row the same. One over. One under. It is really sad when you get almost half done and realize it was suppose to be – Over one. Under two. YIKES! Time to take out and start over.

But here is one pattern I did from those sheets.

One light, one dark in layer one and two

One light, one dark in layer one and two

So some maroon and silver ribbon went to work and a pattern was coming up quite well. That is after the start over on the second layer. But the third layer mixes it up a bit and we get a whole different look than previous patterns I have done.

The third row going in

The third row going in

Here it looks a bit odd and I was keeping fingers crossed that all would come out well.

Fun angle

Fun angle

You now have cubes but so many of them are all one color with just a splash of color here and there.

All woven in

All woven in

I am calling this the Lightening Pattern. Little mini lightening strokes all over.

Backside

Backside

I actually took a picture of the backside of this one before covering it. Interesting in a weird modernish sort of way. But since I am definitely not modern, it is not really appealing to me.

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Some Fun with the Wrong Ribbon

Ok, I have been getting this house ready to sell for way too long and had about hit the end of my nerves. But as Dr. Panosian would say on every test day in History of Civilization, “This too shall pass away,” and the worse is over. I still see things that should be done but as the house is on the market now (anyone need a nice house and great situation in the Spring area?), I took a break and wove a triaxial pattern I found in a picture. I needed three largely contrasting colors for it to show well but didn’t have enough of anything in my stash so went with these. Not enough contrast but as I couldn’t go get more – I dug in with these.

First go at it

First go at it

So I started laying and cutting.Thought I had it and got this far (above) and realized that it just couldn’t work this way. So I took it apart and…

A second go at it

A second go at it

Now I realized after getting a whole first layer done that the yellow stripe (And yes for those who know me well, I really hate yellow but this came with the others and I needed contrast so here it is. At least it has some pink to it and is only a third of one layer.) needed on the second layer.  So once again it was all taken apart and I got paper out and started again to figure out the pattern. I should have taken a picture of that page and all the chicken scratches, but I did finally get it. So once again…

Third attempt

Third attempt

Now one thing I learned in this process was how these ribbons change their look in different light and angles. Yes, I wasted a bit of time just playing with it in the light. The first two pictures show the three colors well on their own but once getting on with it they really muddled up depending on the light. They also are iridescent and can change their color a bit on their own. Oh fun with the definite pattern I was wanting.

Ceiling lights

Ceiling lights

Natural sunlight

Natural sunlight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok I loved the difference of the colors and no I didn’t like natural light as the iridescence of the ribbons were lost – at least here but with the lights on it was a bit more pleasing to me. And on we wove.

All woven

All woven

So I finished the weaving well after dark and the room had no natural light at all and the colors became more vivid. I got it backed and cut and then at an angle I managed a great picture of the actual pattern in it. (Too see it well click on it.)

The pattern is now visible

The pattern is now visible

So now I really want to try this with different ribbon that is highly contrasting. But alas after this was completed I had to try one more thing I have never done before with these and held it up to the light to look through it. The ribbon is not totally opaque so you could see the rows of ribbon and it took on a whole new life that I actually really love.

Held up to the light

Held up to the light

Whereas the yellow was just a dot every so often before now you can see the complete rows of yellow as well as the blue stands out. The pink steps back though there is more of it than the other two. It does make lovely hexagons. I wish I could frame this one with a light behind to see it like this.

 

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