My article on Beads in Cloth was published in Weavezine on Friday. 🙂 Syne Mitchell is a terrific editor/publisher to work with, if any of you have weaving ideas that you’d love to publish, don’t hesitate to contact Syne.
I saw a very unusual piece of weaving the other day at my monthly spinning group. Barbara, an artist to the very marrow of her soul devised this clever weaving.
See the grass seeds at the top? Barbara wove this with her handspun yarns using grass stems as warp, with the actual grass seeds still attached.(Sorry about the blurry pictures. Barbara wasn’t keen on having her picture taken and hardly stood still.)
On January 1st I embarked on a spinning challenge: spin 800 yards, 2-ply, from 100 grams. Using a 46gram (just under 1.7oz) spindle all my free time seems to be consumed with spinning the fine yarn. Three days in to the challenge I took weight and found to my great dismay the grams were spinning out in an agonizingly slow fashion. If one spindle is going slow then two spindles is better, right? To shake it up a bit I grabbed the fine Kuchulu, DK (Deer Kuchulu), that Ed gave me for Christmas, took off the red yarn and enslaved engaged its help in the 800yd challenge. Working with two very different spindles has been a fun challenge in itself. DK weighs 13 grams and spins like a turbo. Spinning fine yarn on it is easy peasy, spinning fine yarn on Yewi takes more attention.
The other day I weighed out a gram of the 80 merino/20 tencel and counted how many bouts it took, with Yewi, to spin the gram. Averaging 40″ per bout it took 22 bouts to spin the gram. With that encouraging number I figure I should be spinning fine enough to get 1600 yards from the 98 grams of fiber. I’ll test the WPI later today.