Finally I am doing something that was on my “one day I will start this”-list – weaving a sample of rölakan – swedish folk flatweave (kilim-like weaving). This one is Skanian rölakan (skånsk rölakan) (wefts of different colors are interlocked with each other and form a ridge on reverse side) and it is woven upside down, to make it all more exciting :)
And I just love it. It is very different from “normal” weaving with a shuttle, here you just sit with one square, one thread at a time, totally focused, it is pure meditation, zazen of weaving.
This is how it looks when you crawl into the loom and try looking up:
Last summer when I first tried this technique I was very self-conscious about the colors, this time it is primary colors, as bold as it goes .
As a warming up before I start something bigger I am making small square pattern brought up by Gunvor Johansson in Swedish weaving guild newsletter.
And (finally again) I have finished spinning my alpacas – silky white suri and brown baby huacaya. Two totally different fibers and yarns.
When I look at them I am thinking shawls or scarves or throws (I have around 250 g of each). The brown one is a bit too reddish-orange for my taste, I would prefer it to be more sober-muted-greyish-brown….But it’s probably too dark to try to overdye. Ah, we’ll see.
last summer when I experimented with indigo – I tried to dip a little bit of that alpaca yarn in my vat –
and it came out black (with very light green hint). I might try an acid dye…
talking about indigo – sowed some dye plants seeds yesterday
When I am working in the greenhouse I am followed by our new rooster, he is of tiny local breed called Åsbo, and he is very friendly and curious, almost like a pet.
I wish you warm and happy spring! (or autumn, depends where you live:)