Friday, December 28, 2012

red 'taw'

Yeah, I had to look 'TAW' up in the glossary:
"Trompe as writ", woven as drawn in. The shedding draft follows the same pattern as the threading draft."

Well, there you go :P

This one is more complicated - instead of a pattern of 4 repeated (the 'shedding draft'), it is a pattern of 16 ... which means I have to have a cheat sheet to count out what I'm up to. And yes, this red is also a long-lost cone of Scottish yarn that I found ;)


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

officially addicted to weaving ...

I knew it would happen ;)

This is my first bit of 'proper' weaving after finishing my first little sampler - I'm pleased with it, but really need practice with my beating technique ;)

For the last day or two I have been working on a herringbone pattern using a black warp, and a gorgeous Scottish purple wool with turquoise flecks. It's a bit scratchy against the skin, but I figure if it's a cowl it should be worn over a jumper or coat ;)

The tension is *so* much better, and my edges are pretty straight! I'm just trying to figure out the dimensions to make cowls - one version will be just one wrap, and the other will be longer and wrap around the neck twice.

With enough practice, I will have these available for sale in my shop - cross fingers!

OK, time to put another warp on - there's some gorgeous red wool that is just crying out to be woven ;)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

hair dye

I *love* dyeing my hair, and have been doing so for many many years. Brightly coloured hair dye is way more readily available than when I was younger - in the early 90s I struggled to find Fudge Paintbox, whereas now I can buy any brand I want on the internet. Ah, the internet!!

I will add to this post as I find more pictures (I wish I had taken more in the past!). The links I have given are from the 'Beeunique Hair Dye Gallery'- not because I purchase from there, but because I have found it a very good reference for how the colours look on different people ;)

Pink: Manic Panic Hot Hot Pink (lasts well, needs refreshing every 1-2 weeks)
Green: Special Effects Iguana Green (green isn't very long-wearing - the more lime, the less it lasts)

Pink: Manic Panic Hot Hot Pink
Orange: Manic Panic Electric Lava (lasts well, needs refreshing every 1-2 weeks)

Purple: Crazy Color Violette (turns a pastel purple after a week)
Blue/Green: Crazy Color Peacock Blue (can last up to 3 weeks - amazing!!)

Turquoise: Special Effects Fish Bowl (lasts around 2 weeks - brilliant, much better than Manic Panic Atomic Turquoise)
Pink: Manic Panic Hot Hot Pink

Royal Blue: Manic Panic Shocking Blue (lasts very well - around 2 weeks)
Pink: Manic Panic Hot Hot Pink

Purple: Manic Panic Ultra Violet (needs refreshing after 1 week)
Red: Manic Panic Wildfire (amazing red, lasts 1-2 weeks - I used to use Pillar Box Red, but it must be a new formulation, as it isn't as bright anymore)

Hrmm, I use Manic Panic Hot Hot Pink waaaaay too often!! :P

FYI, I visit my hairdresser every 4 weeks - she bleaches the roots of the coloured areas, refreshes the colour and dyes the black with Paul Mitchell semi-permanent black hair dye. I maintain the colours in between - some colours are higher-maintenance than others! I couldn't find an image of the yellow (Manic Panic Electric Banana) ... but it was terrible, and only lasted a couple of days :(

What are your favourite non-natural hair colours?

Monday, December 10, 2012

guess what? i'm weaving!

YES I AM!! Well, a dodgy form of weaving, but I'm sure I'll get better :P

I actually enjoyed the warping up process, strangely - there's something satisfying about seeing all this beautiful wool on the warping board:

Of course, I made a couple of mistakes (like missing a couple of dents in the reed, and choosing incorrect shafts when threading heddles), but hey, not bad for a beginner learning out of books!

And here is my very first attempt at basic weaving!

And then I played with a few patterns ... I'm loving that zig zag!

I had a bit of trouble with my work not beating straight (you can see that above), but that was because the tension wasn't spot-on. I warped front to back, since I didn't have a raddle ... but I will make one so I can use it next time for warping back to front. I guess I have to experiment until I can figure out the best way for me.

But I had fun - and that's the most important thing!

Oh, and FYI ... I got 96% for my large tapestry - CRAZY TIMES!!!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

yesterday + today

I took some pics ... firstly, my little Frankie being crazy:

Last night Anita and I went to my work dinner - it was supposed to be a 20s themed night ... but I *hate* being told what to wear, so ignored it and dressed as myself!

And today I picked up my table loom! I've spent all afternoon putting it together - tomorrow I'll be warping it up ;)

Right - I'm *exhausted* ... some relaxing needlepoint now, methinks!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

autumn - 'how it came to be this way'


studio shot

What is it about new rugs that makes cats want to sit all over them??
Apparently it is the hip place to be right now :P

The table is now ready for the loom (which I pick up this Saturday!) ... I still have to get an adjustable stool, but I want to see how high the loom is first!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

ready and waiting ...

Look at that expanse of floor space, just waiting for a table loom ... !

If you look at the window, you can see Charlie spying on the neighbours :P

I'm picking up the loom next Saturday - in the meantime, I have been cleaning up my studio.  I just need to get a table and I'll be set ;)

I'm also pretty excited about the whole house being painted in January - due to the architecture of the house, the interior will be white with coloured accents.  Upstairs, the accents will be the window alcoves (which are quite large, as you can see in the above picture) - they will be purple.  Downstairs the theme is white and turquoise blue!

OK, back to cleaning ...