Home selling preparations. Staging the loom room.

Hello, friends. My husband and I are knee-deep in preparations to sell our home. While everyone faces the same challenges of making sure living spaces are de-cluttered and tidy and prospective-buyer ready, I have found it especially puzzling to "stage" my weaving studio. I need to keep weaving while our home is on the market, [...]

A new overshot design

Hello, friends. While I've enjoyed weaving my "teeming with twills" kitchen towels (you can read more about those here or check out recent photos on my Instagram page), I am ready to see how my latest overshot pattern design is going to shape up on the loom. This is a four harness pattern and I [...]

Self-drafted 8 shaft overshot cloth

Hello, friends. The summer and winter placemats are finished and some have headed out to my family for Christmas.  I liked the "heft" of the cloth, which is important for well-behaved placemats. So, we're moving right along in the weaving queue! I hope to submit at least one piece to the "Living with Craft" exhibition [...]

Summer and Winter Placemats

Summer and Winter Placemats

This week's work at the loom involves another two shuttle weave, summer and winter! Like overshot, two weft shuttles are used alternately throughout the body of the cloth; one shuttle is used for the plain weave (to give the cloth stability and structure) and the other shuttle is designated for the pattern design. The really [...]

Orange Peel Overshot Draft

Orange Peel Overshot Draft

Hello, friends. I have really enjoyed watching the "orange peel" overshot design take shape on the loom this week. A four shaft design, this pattern entails a lengthy pattern repeat and threading sequence. However, I've found that taking the pattern in increments and limiting distractions at the loom (true confession: trying to weave this pattern [...]

Overshot orange peels

Overshot orange peels

I'm weaving overshot (yes, again) this week and I am smitten with this draft: The center motif is taken from Josephine Estes' esteemed publication, "Original Miniature Patterns for Hand Weaving." I'm using 10/2 mercerized cotton for the warp and ground/tabby yarns and 3/2 mercerized cotton for the pattern weft. I sett the warp at 20 [...]

A week of waffles

The loom has been dressed with one of my favorite weaving structures this week, waffleweave! Waffleweave, which is really just a variation on a point twill, creates cloth that is right at home in the kitchen. The little cells shrink up to make a highly textured and absorbent cloth. It does, however, present some challenges [...]