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Where Ideas Come From

If you’re a crafter like me, you will most likely have piles of ideas and good intentions just waiting for the “right” time. Tim and I quit our day jobs to start this little venture of ours to give us time to do All the Things. My Thing at the moment is weaving (in case you hadn’t visited the shop lately!). It’s summer, which means cotton, which generally means teatowels. These are great little projects to explore patterns and colour ideas without committing to a big project.

I’m mostly self-taught, so I have a large collection of books and magazines. My favourite publication is Handwoven Magazine – I have back issues from 2000, and a number of “best of” collections focussing on specific patterns or items. I recently resubscribed to the bi-monthly magazine, and once again, my head is full of inspirations and ideas. But how to stop those ideas collecting dust at the back of the closet?

Soooo, my New Year’s Resolution is to actually DO the projects in each magazine, where they fit the loom(s) that I have available. I have the first one lined up (in my head, anyway). It’s from the November issue, so I’m already behind! Anyway. Watch this space.

Rag Weaving

The ultimate upcycling – ripping pre-loved quilt covers to shreds and making something fresh and useful. The warp for these is 100% cotton (or bamboo) which has been hanging around in my stash for way too long. The weave (or weft) is colourful cotton/polyester fabric, ripped into 1″ strips, and woven through in a plain weave.

My first test run went big, using almost the full width of the loom, and 80cm between hems. This short warp of 8-ply cotton samples from Tim’s dye lab yielded 2 decent size table/counter/bath mats, and a leftover strip for a bar mat.

Okay, so these are a tad too big for your average table setting. Time to downsize. Next on the loom was some variegated 10-ply cotton for warp, slightly narrower, and a lot shorter. And voila, placemats!

Warp #3 was 100% bamboo yarn from hell. I’d stashed this years ago, when BWM discontinued it. I’d knitted one lacy top and buried the rest. Out it came, time to get used. Held double, because it’s lightweight for an 8-ply, the warp behaved itself, more or less. The cloth was a heavy cotton plaid, which would have been lovely once. I actually really love these now – the colours just work.

Warp #4 is going on the loom as I write. The last of the 8-ply dye pot samples, this time all the warm reds and pinks, teamed with a bright orangey quilt cover. This one will be a floor mat for the cabin.

Handwoven Teatowels

Hi, and welcome to the blog. To start us off, let me introduce you to the Shop Loom. If you’ve wandered past the shop in the last few weeks, you will have seen him in the window.

“Wolfie” is a Schacht 1991 Baby Wolf 4-shaft floor loom, who has just celebrated his 30th birthday. I have owned him for just under 5 years, but we haven’t really done a lot of weaving together, with him spending much of that time folded up in a corner. Coming down to the shop has brought him out of retirement.

We are currently weaving up a storm of cotton towels, using up my stash of Heirloom Cotton 8-ply, as well as a small (*cough*) pile of bargains from the factory back room (yes, we shop there too). This is unmercerised cotton, which makes it lovely and soft, but really hard-wearing. They can be used as hand towels or tea towels, and can be thrown in the wash along with everything else.

Towels are 45cm by 63cm, and priced at $50.View in shop

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