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my world is flat

Little experiments for the last school assignment  – three dimensional weaving using unusual materials as a weft (anything but yarn).

number one –  spring comes to our little world :

technically it’s not quite 3D,  but it’s not 2D either

number two – Ash bird (used nice long and curly ash wood shavings from my husband’s woodworking),
again quite flat, except the tail.  100% biodegradable, very eco-friendly bird.

Well, at least I kept my family entertained :)

The rest of the time I spent doing traditional flatweave – finished the rölakan sample

and started new folk weaving with the same happy colors:

krabbasnår and munk’s belt (munkabälte) this time:

8 shaft twill

Last month’s assignment – a table runner in 8 shaft twill. We all wove some sort of runners and used the same yarn –  8/2 linen , leftover yarn from swedish rug manufacturer Kasthalls, so we could see how different draft, setting and colors are working together with the same material.

I used this draft plus two extra shafts and two treadles to make edges in  tabby weaving.

Setting is 7 threads per cm and the finished weaving looks quite different before and after washing

before washing:

Here it is after washing and putting through the mangle (they have this huge and scary stone mangle machine in Fristad)

Now, we don’t use runners casually in our home ( our three cats think that any cloth on a table is a legitimate place to have a nap or just to sit on, it somehow feels right for their paws ), but I might use this one on some social occasions, now that I have woven a runner. I mean all those 10 shafts and 10 treadle on Glimåkra loom… I wonder if I ever use them all again :)

new life

I am officially a free artist now, at least I have been for a week (at the genebank where I worked they have 8-year contract system and I’ve managed to get stuck  there for almost 9). We’ll see where I go from here, but right now it feels quite wonderful :)

Here are the farewell presents I got from my nice and fluffy colleagues  – beautiful flowers, a book by Laila Duran and a gift card for Hemslöjden shop in Landskrona (which I partly used to buy some yarn):

Colored Rauma tapestry yarn for my future rölakan project and really nice dark grey alpaca for a sweater for myself. Couldn’t resist and started knitting right away this sweater.

As for the book, it is the third volume on Scandinavian folk costumes, and it is pure eye candy.

one day I will weave some yardage for a dress and enroll for the course on folk costume sewing with people on this picture – Gillis and Monika Jimheden 

Oh, and I will just continue to show off – here is my new drum carder (!) , it’s been on my wish list for two years, and it is my “late christmas/embarking on a new life”-present from my man and myself

After reading all the discussions on the net about different carders I decided on Strauch finest (bought it via this shop in Denmark) and so far quite happy with my choice.

random  decoration item, from handspun wool and indigo-dyed nettle yarn (used this pattern), don’t know, just had an impulse to knit it.

finished the blue warp with some more daldräll

and preparing to weave a 8-shaft twill for the next school task.

daldräll och gagnefkrus

Now daldräll – swedish heirloom version of overshot, the pattern is not perfectly symmetrical, which is considered to be  charming and folkish.

tried different material for the pattern weft- various linen threads,raw silk, the favorite is thin hemp held double:

the book of all sorts of Daldräll patterns by Anna Thomasson och Elisabeth Andersson

on the same warp – changing the tie-up of the treadles gives  gagnefkrus, a variant of honeycomb

just playing around

Gagnef is here.

all colors rep

One weaving technique I feel I somehow have no affinity to is rep (varprips in swedish), but last month we had to come up with some rep for the next school assignment.

And I thought – since I would now weave this rep, I could as well do  something I would never normally do – no chosing and picking colors, just throw everything in.

I did it, yes, I had the nerve.

And then I thought that all this craziness could as well be something useful

so it is kind of an organizer thing with pockets for my circular knitting needles

Well, what can I say. I am still a bit shocked :)

shetland wool shawl

Last month’s task  – wearable cloth in any twill (a set of samples or whole yardage).

After all the experimenting (see previous post) I settled for a shawl, just nice large warm woollen shawl.

supersoft lambswool 11/2  bought from the Handweavers Studio , wove samples  8 and 6 threads per cm (the latter density felt right). The yarn is quite greasy and softens-fluffs-up considerably after washing.

pictures of the finished shawl are coming in the next post.

everything sample

while waiting for the wool yarn ordered from an on-line shop, warped the loom with some old cottolin yarn,

sampling for the sake of sampling, just a study of some rosepath variations.


I am having a lot of fun!  I have enrolled in a year-long distance course in weaving at Fristads folkhögskola. We meet at school once a month for theory lessons, to get assignments and show and discuss the previous ones.

As a first homework we had to weave in black wool singles as warp and the same wool alternated with linen weft in different densities, as balanced as possible.

Training in beating technique and in being present during the process. And then we had to wash the pieces in washing machine at different temperatures to study the shrinkage.

weaving with black on black is not easy for the eyes, but it makes you look at the weaving more closely and carefully.

One of my clumped pieces after washing :)

we could experiment with the rest of the warp as we wished, so i tried  checked “myggtjäll” (swedish lace) in different variations and colors.

after hand-washing:

the wool is Farö (6000m/kg, 12 wic), surprisingly strong, not a single thread went off, and quite soft after washing.

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