woensdag 17 oktober 2012

And more creations

Dying tencel (Webs-20/2 natural) for a shawl for my SIL

On the Jane loom, I forgot to take a picture when it was done, because it was a gift, I didn't think of it.

Cheesecake, I made it with low-fat cream cheese and it was delicious


Waffle weave towels I

Waffle weave towels II

Waffle weave towels III

Corsettop in purple for my youngest dd, for a Gala-party at her school, with a matching 6-panel skirt, I designed it myself.

Fitting between sewing-sessions.

On the big event with her boyfriend, who won a t-shirt that night which all the soccerplayers had signed. Apparently he is wearing it ;-)

dinsdag 2 oktober 2012


I start where I left off, though I didn't take a picture of everything I made.
Here's the first selection, more to come

8-shaft fine tencel twill on my Jane 1

8-shaft fine tencel  twill on my Jane 2

Some cottolin dishtowels
A cake my youngest daughter gave to me for Mothers Day

Scarf for my MIL made from handspun merino

Scarf close-up; plain weave and twill

Sampling for turned twill tencel yardage, meant for a shirt for DH

Almost done!

Right of the loom

Washed and ironed

zondag 30 september 2012

Long time, no see

It has been a long time since I wrote my last blog.
Just when I was about to be starting again, my father (80) suddenly died; only six days later my father-in-law (93) died too, his health was deminishing, but still.
Last, but not least, my sister (only 54) died within three months.
She was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer, but nobody expected her to die so soon; this was last february.

You can understand that I wasn't up to blogging, but now I am going to try to write about the things I have made despite the circumstances.

vrijdag 18 maart 2011

More weaving

I work on my Louet Spring on the landing, but soon it turned out to be very cold in the autumn, and with this rather cold winter, it was nearly freezing there.
So I bought another little loom early in november:
Louet Jane, I had to put it together myself, but that was not a problem:

I started wit some sampling:

Then I decided to dye some more, but thinner tencel, the warp was a dark reddish pink, this time I dyed the weft while it was still unwoven, so I could control the outcome more.
I was lucky to do that, because once again the colour was to dark.
I dyed another 2000 metres and this time it was right: a beautiful light pink.
I designed a network 3/1/1/3 draft for eight shafts and started weaving:

Therefore another scarf was created:

donderdag 17 februari 2011

Eventually just one shawl...

Here is a close-up of the shawl in my last post.
First I dyed one piece, I wanted it to be darkblue (the warp) and lilac (the weft), but tencel takes dye much easier than cotton, so the complete cloth became dark-purple, a nice color, but not what I was looking for, you couldn't see the wavy pattern anymore, so I dyed the second piece with very little purple dye.

This time it was exactly what I wanted.
It has a very nice drape, it is warm, but not too hot, it isn't itching, in short:


I like it very much and I may weave one exactly like this, but different colors.

donderdag 16 september 2010

Even more hobbies

Here is my last new hobby: my new-to-me loom, the Lou√ęt Spring, 12 shafts, 14 treadles.
It is a countermarch loom, so it creates a great shed.
 I picked it up  about 180 km away from us and when we got home I took it apart, so I could make sure all parts were hanging and standing right. I was lucky to get the booklet with it.

I warped it with some yarn I got from an old lady, it was perfect for this job.

I started with a sample using only 4 shafts, always start simple ;-)

Th picture on the left is the result, it's all kinds of simple twills, I didn't have to tie the treadles again, because of my 14 treadles, I did all kind of tie-ups in the first place. The selvedges on the different twills have a different draw-in.

Then I re-threaded and re-sleighed so I could weave Summer and Winter, with some different variations also with different thickness of yarns.

Once again I cut it off and re-threaded to 8-shaft, at least some of the threads, so I could try to weave my name.
It was difficult, but it was only a sample, but at least I succeeded.
I like to make dishtowels with the name of the receiver on it, so this was something I had to try very early in my weaving adventures.

Then I tried some weaving-software on my computer and created a draft, I warped my loom again an started to weave, it is an 8-shaft pattern with a tabby-pick between the pattern-picks:

I warped un-dyed tencel, not very thin, 10 threads per cm (25 epi, approximately) on my warping-board, enough for two shawls and dyed it with procion dye.
When the shawls are ready ( I am going to treadle the second in a different way) I am going to dye them again, each a different colour.
I can't wait to see how it looks.

In the mean time I am still spinning an want to make enough yarn to weave a handspun shawl.
I dyed merino roving in three colours an spun random pieces.
I'm going to make a 2-ply.

dinsdag 29 juni 2010

Victorian Corset

Recently some women of the ZelfLingerieMaken-forum decided to do a Corset-sewalong, I decided to join.
We agreed to use the Laughing Moon pattern #100 .
In fact on the patternpaper you can find two patterns, the Dore and the Silverado.
I have made the Silverado.

On the left you can see some of the equipment I used to build the corset.

We ( my husband and I ) had to put the end-caps on the spiral steel boning, we decided to use them for the plastic coated steel boning too. It was a lot of work, very heavy. 

As you can see there are many bones in the corset and I added one more on the side.
The corset weighs a lot!

On top I inserted a lilac ribbon in the binding, so I can pull the top a little tighter if it's necessary. My mannequin isn't really my size, although it seems so in the picture. She has less centimeters in the round, her waist is slightly shorter and the hips a little broader, in comparison to me 
You can see that he lacing in the hips is a little wider, on me it's a straight lacing-line, although the gap is 5 cm wider ;-)