Thursday, 8 March 2018

Weaving

I found a new craft class venue!  A very unusual workshop popped up on my Facebook feed (more about that next week) and when I investigated, I found that Rural Antics at Hanwell Wine Estate run a variety of different workshops.  I booked onto the weaving class.


The class was run by a lovely lady called Veronica and we were all looked after by Amanda who served coffee pretty much constantly all day and our 2 course lunch which was delicious!  The lunch came with wine from the estate but I can't stand wine, so I passed on that.



Veronica had bought her two frames to show us, and said that we could use the simpler one, but everyone opted to weave on cards or an embroidery hoop.  Having done a tiny embroidery hoop before, I went with the card option and decided to try out some different stitches.  There are hundreds of weaving stitches, I had no idea!


All materials were provided and there was tub after tub full of yarns of all weights and colours, sparklies, merino unspun and ribbons. I started with blue and silver.


As is my usual style, I put almost no thought into planning and just got on with it!  The black and green is a pattern, 3 strands of black follow the same path, then the green alternates.


I took a photo of the needle I used to show you the size compared to a coffee cup, it's huge!  I definitely need to track one of these down if I fancy doing this again as it made the world of difference.


I carried on for a bit.  Everything you see above is patterns formed just using the different colours and the basic under-over weaving technique.


The green stitch just to the right of the centre shows a stitch I tried.  I'd love to tell you what it's called but I don't remember!  It involved winding the yarn round the warps as I went.  There are a few rows of this.  I also experimented with a different stitch using some teal unspun and navy yarn to form a pattern over the top, that's towards the left of the sampler.


I managed to get a fair bit done in the day, especially considering all the time I spent eating and drinking!  As I had no plan, I had no plan for the finished piece, but Veronica showed us some pictures she'd made by framing a part of the weaving in a chunky frame.  I think that might be the way to go.


This close up shows a couple of the stitches I tried out.


And this is a photo of the fancy 8-something loom that Veronica brought along.  I thought I'd taken a photo of the other loom, but apparently not.  They weren't as big as I thought they would be, so maybe, just maybe, I would have room for one at home...

12 comments:

Rachel said...

Maybe an 8-heddle loom?

I like your experimentation - you've got a good variety of patterns there!

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Oh that looks like lots of fun! Always nice to find a new craft group... :) xx

Shirlee Fassell said...

Looks like fun! Did she make the cards or can they be purchased?

D1-D2 said...

Very interesting way to loom without a loom. It's very practical for samplers or if you just want to try it out.

underatopazsky said...

Lovely! So impressed with how even your weaving is - every time I've ever tried it I end up with an hourglass shape!

Pudding et Biscotte said...

Very successful rendering with the different yarns! Great job!
Hugs, Sandrine

Hillview Embroidery said...

It sounds like another great class Wendy! I imagine this could be quite therapeutic once you got the hang of it.

Kat said...

8-shaft loom is the word you want :)

Looks like a great class - I would love to be in a vineyard with craft classes!

Jane Galley said...

that looks like fun. I'd forgotten how effective weaving on cardboard can be

Karen S said...

This looks wonderful. Gorgeous textures. Lovely selection of yarns that you used.
What size was the card/frame that you used? And how did that translate to the size of the woven piece at the end?
I hope you make some more of these.

Sheryl S. said...

This sounds like a very interesting class Wendy, what lovely cards can be made. I have one of those long upholstery needles, bought to sew through armchair padding years ago. useful

suetortoise said...

That looks like an inspiring workshop day, Wendy. I've been looking at weaving patterns for pattern darning (I'll blog about this before too long). There are so many! One good resource is https://www.handweaving.net/