Tuesday, May 1, 2007

It's May!

It's May - the lusty month of May! Remember that scene from the movie Camelot? Wasn't that Vanessa Redgrave? How old are you? To celebrate May I offer you a stitch challenge. Stitch challenges are only available by coming into the shop , on Grove Street.

For those of you who don't know, the stitch challenge is a little bit of fun from Woven Art, the yarn shop/Textile Education Center and Fiber Art Gallery in downtown East Lansing. We began offering Stitch Challenges in February of this year. For $1, you get a pattern, and a ball of yarn to try to knit the 7 x 7 inch square. Each month there is a new design. Isn't this one adorable?

I also have some weaving pictures to share. Off loom!

This is woven with 10/2 tencel from Textura Trading Company and diamusee (?) from Dancing Fibers. It has marvelous body and hand. The pattern you see is caused by diferential in the rate of twists in the warp threads. In the more open spaces, the warp are twisted around every pair. In the more closely woven spaces, some warps twist, and some don't. You can see this more clearly in the next weaving:

This is on the same warp - but woven with kasrui - a silk and mohair blend from Habu Textiles. See how some twists are long and some are short? You need 8 harnesses to do this. Finally, I have to share the progress I have made on Gary's coin basket. It is about 4 inches wide and 5 inches tall. Or maybe the other way around. I hope he gets more use and enjoyment from this Father's Day present than he did the last one - socks with his Boston Marathon time knitted into them. In offical Boston Marathon '06 colors too. But they were too big for him. A coin basket doesn't have a size it needs to be. When it has too many coins in it, then you have to put the coins elsewhere, like into a coin machine. Or a parking meter.

I did dye yarns and fiber yesterday - I am waiting for them to dry , and hope to post pictures of them later this week.

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