Humble Huipile

 

I weave in the freeform ‘Saori’ style, which allows weavers to express themselves. Each piece of fabric made is completely unique and a work of art…well, back in the depths of last year, I was weaving away at a length of fabric in shades of grey, black and brown with hints of blue and yellow thrown in to liven it up a bit…but when I finished it, I was unsure what to do with it.

Well, that particular problem was solved this week when I sat down, cut it up and sewed it into a top:

IMAG0063
ViviLnk

 

IMAG0064
ViviLnk

 

IMAG0068
ViviLnk

I am pleased with how it turned out…even more so when my good friend, Naomi, said that it reminded her of a ‘huipile’. At first I had to look up what she was on about, and when I read that they are a traditional South American garment comprising a square cut blouse that is hand woven and heavily decorated with embroidery,  I was thrilled with the comparison.

However, the comparison has left me with a dilemma! The fact that the original ones are woven and then embroidered has got me thinking that maybe I should weave another piece of fabric, turn it into a top and then embroider it……I am quite excited about the prospect of doing that 🙂

 

Advertisements

Going Round in Circles

Despite the fact that I have been shovelling chocolate into my face like a woman possessed this Easter, I have also been reading up on, and researching, my latest weaving obsession…

Yup, ever since I saw some wonderful weaving done on a circular loom on Pinterest – aka The Rabbit Hole of Lost Time – I have been wanting to get my hands on one. I just never knew where to get them from…until I found one on a search for a new reed for my loom the other day. So, as well as the reed I was after, I ordered one of the circular looms too..it arrived a few days after the reed (not sure why), and it was love at first sight!

circular_loom_maja_sm_2013

I was quite excited about it, so I warped it up straight away and had a play on it with a bit of my hand spun yarn…

IMAG0056
Alpaca warp and my  hand spun in the weft

…it was a very interesting weave to do, but I am planning on doing some pretty wacky things with it.

This is because I came across some fabulous free downloads on the Woolwench blog. She has some great ideas on how to get the most out of the loom and she does some incredible things with it (she was one of the co-creators of it).  The downloadable e-books also showcase other fibre artists who have made some fantastic items with it, you should check out the website as its very inspirational. You need to sign up to get your hands on the downloads, but if you don’t want to do this, the gallery of her work is amazing.

For now though, I have just finished winding some linen into a ball and have chosen some beads from my bead stash to do a bit of weaving with…..I can’t wait to see if what is in my head can form on the loom…..just off to give it a go!

Oh, and if anyone knows where I can get my hands on a triangular loom, I will be eternally grateful!! 🙂

A Bit of Excitement

There was a little flurry of excitement chez moi on Saturday morning…in fact, it was so exciting that I let my toast go cold and forgot about my brew!

A few days prior to this momentous event, I had ordered myself some new weaving bits and bobs, and was waiting for them to be delivered some time in the near future. Well, some of it arrived on Saturday morning.

I was like a kid in a sweetshop!

Anyway, the first item out of a very long box was a 5 dpi reed for my loom…this was fairly exciting as I have been meaning to get one for quite some time. I like a bit of texture in my weaving, and a heddle of this width would allow me to weave with thicker yarns, whilst leaving larger gaps between thinner yarns……but, the main event was (insert drum-roll here) A MULTI DENT HEDDLE!! It was a little bit on the expensive side, as I could have got three heddles for the price of this one….but, seeing as I was one of the people sending emails to the makers pleading for them to make one, it was only fair that I fork out for one once they had produced it.

I am aware that the casual, non-weaving reader will wonder what the hell I am on about, but this piece of weaving loveliness will transform my life (kind of)! Basically it is a reed for my loom that comes with lots of little bits of heddle, that I can chop and change to my hearts desire. So, if I fancy weaving something quite fine and then decide it needs to have a really thick bit of yarn running though it I can insert a piece into the heddle that will allow me to do just that…… and, yeah, I know it makes me sound really geeky, but I am already in love with it!

This morning I used it for the very first time….behold the magnificence in all its unwarped glory:

IMAG0035
Can you see what I mean about it having different sized bits? I went a bit nuts and decided to have some thick sections, some thin sections and some pretty flippin’ huge sections!

I have an idea in my head of something I want to weave (and knit….more of that in a later post), so I fumbled around in the box of green yarn…and then had an extra fumble in the box of brown yarn (yes, my yarn stash is colour coded into various boxes….), and then I had a bit of fun warping the loom.

Here it is..all ready for action:

IMAG0037
Ooooh, there is going to be some nice texture in the weave!

Now all I have to do is weave it….but I am going to save that treat for tomorrow. I don’t want to spontaneously combust with excitement!

If you want to have a look at the new heddle, check them out here: Heddle, they are available quite widely, so I imagine that your favourite supplier will have them in stock 🙂