Posts Tagged With: triloom

The Way TOO Big Shawl

OK, when my camera and I got together on Friday, I took pictures of several things so that lack of pictures didn’t make this a slow diary of my creations. So here is another one that is a story.

I got some pretty yarn. Ok I did say pretty that pretty much was the end of it as I now know probably why it was on sale as it is pretty but not great to work with. At least not with triloom weaving. Can’t make a russian join to save its life. I had decided on a pattern of repetitions between the different colors that was to be very frequent and have a nice plaid look. Well this yarn refused to allow for easy almost invisible joins to take place. It was frustrating the repeats of color quickly became less and less.

Pink & Purple Shawl

Pink & Purple Shawl

Do you notice something about this shawl? Usually when I use the triloom I end up with a piece that when taken off immediately settles into a size much smaller than the frame. I guess I tend to pull the strands way too tight though I so try not to. Well, this was to be three panels together to make a wonderful perfectly sized shawl. But guess what? You got it. Not a whit of the three shrunk in size when taken off the frame. So once they were all hooked together and a crochet edge crept around the entire piece, I ended up with the mother of all shawls.

Shawl trying to look wonderfully draped.

Shawl trying to look wonderfully draped.

It will wrap three times around me. I can use it like those shawls you see where they do warp around and then tie in front so you don’t loose them while working. I know some ethnic groups (I am thinking Eastern European but don’t remember where I saw it at) knit shawls for that purpose and this so can be done that way.

Tina hunting frogs and anoles.

Tina hunting frogs and anoles.

Now back to my picture efforts which did battle the sun. It was perfect when I started gathering stuff and heading outside but alas the sun did play hide and seek with the clouds that moved in, and so, we also played can we get good light now? All this time Tina ever the Yorkie hunter was out searching for whatever she could find that moves. In the end I think the best picture of the morning was with her.

Tina in her favorite hunting grounds.

Tina in her favorite hunting grounds.

While trying to get pictures of cards I turned and got her in her favorite hunting grounds. She actually has paths back there that she constantly travels when hunting outside.

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Ike Shawl

I have just returned from the Contemporary Handweavers of Texas Conference which was held in the Dallas area this past week. I would have loved to have made it up for pre-conference sessions but alas and alack – I work. But as soon as we were all out of work on Thursday three of us headed up for a very busy three days.

Alas that has nothing to do with my Ike Shawl. But as I am flowing with fibery vibes and imagination and wanting to complete, make, create, do …. I decided that included a post here and as the one I want to do would be a bit longer and need more pictures taken (and yes the camera battery is dying), I decided to write today about this shawl.

Red and Green Ike Shawl

Red and Green Ike Shawl

My husband is from the Houston area and we met in Germany. But after a stint living in England, he was bound to come home. So it was back to Houston he came in 2003. So in the ten years we have been here, I have been introduced twice to what hurricanes are like. (I come from the edge of tornado alley so am familiar with natural disasters but on a different scale than hurricanes.)

When we were preparing for Ike to make his landing in 2008, I decided to have a project in waiting to start when the power went out. So having discovered a pattern for doing log cabin on a triloom and having some acrylic yarn that was years if not decades old. I decided that these forces together would make a good practice run at log cabin on the triloom.

So the loom was set in the living room, yarns at the ready, Ike hit, the power went out. Actually that is backwards. Our power always goes out before the hurricane or storm actually hits. The power went out and I started on the shawl.

It was an interesting project that I learned too late to knot the fringe in tighter. So after it was done, it sat for some time before I finished redoing the fringe and it is done. Not that I will ever use it, but it did take on the name of The Ike Shawl from my mother-in-law.

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Demo Shawl Completed

This past year we had a meeting at Tall Pines on Triloom weaving. For the meeting I took my triloom and some acrylic yarn I had bought several years back and let people have a try at weaving on a triloom. After the meeting was over, I went ahead and completed the shawl with what yarn there was. It didn’t take long to run out of the two colored yarn so I completed the shawl with the matching grey yarn.

Completed shawl as it came off the loom

Completed shawl as it came off the loom

Alas as you can see the shawl just kind of looks forlorn in its finished state. It was so lacking something. Now I hadn’t created borders on my shawls yet as a lot of my triloom weaving went into looping two together and making blankets. But… This one cried out for something else. I did still have some of the grey yarn so decided that this one needed a crocheted edging. Found a hook and started the long row around of single crochet but I put two in each spot of the weaving. Then after that was completed I added a second row of double crochet again doubling up all around which gave it a strong ruffly border to the whole shawl. Now I think it looks quite pretty and complete. Thankfully the rest of the yarn made it around with just a bit left over.

Shawl with completed ruffle

Shawl with completed ruffle

So much in life just needs a good border and boundary to make it so much better. Now despite the fact that I do like the looks of the shawl now, I have quite become a fiber snob and acrylic is just not there for me so will have to find a good use for this shawl where it will be appreciated.

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A Triloom Baby Blanket

My boss’ daughter was having a baby so I decided that I wanted to make her a baby blanket and learned quite a bit doing it. I like doing baby blankets on the triloom where you then do two triangles and then down their long sides you can hook them together to make a square.

For this blanket I wanted to make it out of wool but washable so got some superwash wool and learned then how much it takes and how expensive it can be. I loved the two colors that I found that were a maroon and a green. I wove the two together and you will see what I learned and should have known ahead of time. But they were wonderful to work with, and I do love the colors.

I then got to weaving the two panels. Triloom weaving is a continuous thread weaving. You are weaving both the warp and weft at the same time. It goes quite quickly when you first start and have fewer threads to weave over and under but the further you go the longer it takes to make each pass. You start at the bottom nails on each side and go across then move up to the next nail weaving in bottom to top. But there is a plus here. For each pass you get both sides at one time. You see the thread hanging down in the middle. When I draw it up over and under the warp threads and hook it up on the next nails opposite each other at the top then the left side will be done as well as the right side. So you are only weaving it in for half the surface not the whole surface. I know this probably makes no sense and needs more time and space to really show how it works but it is a great way to weave.

When the blanket was done, I had a wonderful soft, washable, wool square. The colors looked great up close and I loved it. But then I learned from experience what happens when colors are mixed together as these two were.

Yes, from a very short distance green and red mixed together makes brown. It is actually fun if you like to play with color and see it up close and then from a few steps back how the color changes to the eye from the maroon and green playing together to just a solid brown color. Thankfully, the gal I gave this to loves it and loves the colors and both forms fit in the baby room. I will add, I made this two years ago and that baby is a very inquisitive 2 year old today.

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