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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 :)


little things from homemade cloth

indigo-dyed rest of the cloth and some handspun linen and nettle yarn

free-stripe linen band

home-grown lavender

lavender pillows, very limited edition.

and some pouches from the linen cloth i wove some time ago

found some vintage silk for the lining

noncanonical Kannon

finished “maid with birds”

old cyrillic incarnation of  Kanzeon – Guan Ying

primordial stitch

The more I looked at the traditional north-Russian embroideries from the region of Karelia the more I wanted to try one of these motifs.  I decided  to weave a linen cloth for it (mainly because i couldn’t find the cloth with the right feeling – rough and soft at the same time), from the old handspun linen yarn (which I bought from a Swedish weaver, her blog is one of my favourites). Both the warp and the weft are single linen threads.

weaving this little cloth wasn’t easy, even if I painted the warp with a jelly from cooked flax seeds  to strengthen it , the last 30 cm of weaving was pain. Luckily the warp was quite short (I was surprised it lasted for more than 1m).

Traditional Karelian embroideries are done with red color on white cloth, I wanted to make mine with white thread on indigo background, don’t ask me why.

Since it was my first attempt with indigo vat , I didn’t dare to dye the whole piece, so I cut out one-third of it. And it worked quite well and fast! (I used hydrosulfit method).

the stitching technique is one of the oldest and very similar to traditional european blackwork, and on the wrong side is supposed to look exactly the same as on the right side (and no knots!)  Well, luckily  I don’t have to show the back side of my embroidery piece to anybody :-)

(for somebody really curious – this little video shows  how they do it Karelia ,the woman on video is talking about how it is important that embroidery looks exactly the same on both sides – both because while doing it you exercise your brain and because “you have nothing to hide” from the world around you – there is no back side of life)

goose eye and other experiments

I decided to try a  point-draft on the second half of my linen  warp and I managed to thread it without mistakes, but it took me a while to get the treadling pattern right continuously – I found counting out loud to 22 works best for me :)   It’s a goose eye (gåsöga) all the way, (with some short-attention-span misses)

I printed out picture with the pattern from Jean’s wonderful blog (that’s how I got inspired to try this pattern on the first place) and had pinned it on my loom.

While thinking what to do with it and what to weave next,  knitted a pair of socks for my sister-in-law, her choice of color – Ticiano red.

pattern: Basic Ribbed Socks , yarn Malabrigo sock.

almost finished knitting my handspun cardigan:

And in between of all that have been trying to spin Suri alpaca from Österlen (Christmas present from my man)

The fleece and fiber sourcebook recommends to spin it worsted, so I am trying to comb it (and I never combed any wool before)

it get’s extremely static and flies all over the place  (needs constant spraying with anti-static)

Combing separates it in two fractions  – white long-lustrous-silky roving  and greyish-cream unstructured fluff.

(I don’t know if it’s the best way to process this sort of alpaca, the amount of  information I could find on the net is not overwhelming, to put it softly. And I don’t know if the combs I bought are so good and suited for just this type of fiber).

Anyway, I tried spinning the combed stuff  – once you get hold on it (quite slippery) and remember to spin it with high twist,  it results in compact but soft and silky thread.


Here is good video on combing and spinning alpaca  and here is another video on combing wool.

first woven cloth

nice to have an assistant when pre-threading the warp

the first edition of Laila Lundel’s Stora Vävboken is popular here

unpremeditated free stripe pattern in warp

tried tabby, 2/2 twill in different forms and  1/3 twill (plus some random pattern of weaving mistakes)

warp and weft: linen 16/2, reed 45/10,  90 ends per 10 cm. The cloth  turned out quite stiff,suitable for furniture upholstery, or a tablet, or a dishcloth, no drape in it whatsoever.

I haven’t decided yet what I will do with it (a bag?) At this stage I am mainly impressed by the only fact of this weaving (even that I have woven rag rugs before, it’s not the same thing), that it is actually possible to make something that looks like piece of cloth, that all that endless fiddling with so many threads works in the end :)

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