Different Weavings

I took a couple of my pencil roving mats, and some pencil roving waste,  to the Well Being centre a couple of weeks ago. We were talking about plaid and checks, and I’d mentioned the pencil roving waste and how great it is for making patterns. This is one I took in, I’m not sure if I’ve posted it before, but it does look similar to others I’ve shown.

This is another I took in, which I made a couple of months ago:

A couple of the group members tried out the roving and made mats, and for last week, I made some little cardboard looms, so everyone who wanted to could make a woven pencil roving mat. I think everyone was pleasantly surprised how quick it was to make a small weaving. I don’t have photos because they were all still wet. But just doing that little bit of weaving gave me the taste again, so I finished off a piece I started ages ago with my first wheel-spun yarn.

I used stripey green pencil roving waste for the warp.

And I started another with my second wheel spun yarn, which had baffled me a bit because my first one wasn’t too bad considering I’d used my own blended texturey batts, but this was very weird. I realised later why, it was that weird stuff I got in the botany lap waste which is still an unknown fibre. I made a nice weaving with some of the better stuff last year, but I thought I’d start something with the uneven pieces, maybe add something else to it at a later date.

I bent the cardboard to make it a bit easier, it looks like a medieval instrument. Oh, and I finally ‘finished’ my new tutorial yesterday, the proof reading can wait, the sun’s out!

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15 Responses to Different Weavings

  1. Leonor says:

    Did I just read that someone’s been spinning on the wheel? 😀

    • zedster66 says:

      Not recently 🙁 These are the first ones I made. I keep meaning to spin again, I made some batts. Maybe now it’s getting lighter and I can see for more than 2 hours a day! 🙂

    • Leonor says:

      Hooray for light! I still need to instal overhead lamps on my new studio so all daylight is welcome… Now off I go to process wool under a Daylight Lamp!

    • zedster66 says:

      I got my wheel out! I had to look at your old photos to remind me how to attach the tension spring thingie!

    • Leonor says:

      Let me know if you need any help! So happy you’re playing with the wheel 😀

    • zedster66 says:

      It was going so well, then yesterday everything just kept going too thin (like sewing thread thin) and breaking. I don’t know what I was doing differently, apart from using different colours!

    • Leonor says:

      Maybe the fibres are different? When the yarn is breaking you might need to reduce the intake of the bobbin, to keep it from coming off your hands too quickly…

  2. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    It’s great you were able to make the cardboard looms so everyone could participate. I
    All the weaving looks good, but the last is my fave. Be sure to show the finished piece.

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Marilyn 🙂
      Making the looms gave me an excuse to sit binge watching a tv show instead of doing my tutorial 🙂

  3. ruthlane says:

    These are great Zed. I love the plaids. I am studying plaids and stripes for my art and design class so I might have to try these out. The weaving is wonderful too 🙂

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Ruth 🙂
      On some of the ones I made, the backing wool colour matched one of the pencil rovings, which kind of made it invisible which made interesting patterns, some have looked like dogstooth patterns accidentally too.

  4. Lyn says:

    Good idea to bend the cardboard as you did! I like both your new weavings – scrummy. Your pencil roving makes very pretty and easily feltable weavings for embellishment!

  5. dslemire says:

    Thanks for the bent cardboard box idea. I was struggling with how to make a simple loom. I think it will work better than the simple contraption I made lol.😉 love these simple ideas.

    • zedster66 says:

      This one actually gave me the idea to make a hole in one of the bigger/thicker ones I made, which also helps. Make sure your cardboard ridges are going the right way for bending!

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