Sunday, February 19, 2017

scratching an itch...

a while back i mentioned a hankering to learn to weave...

since then i've taken a one day introduction to weaving class, a one day class on reading weaving drafts, and i've played about on a frame loom

i also bought myself a 24" rigid heddle loom, but the most fun i've had lately is with this little "wee weaver" swatch loom by purl & loop

it measures a scant 4" x 4 1/2" 

i've woven some textured cotton yarns on it, played around with strips of fabric and yesterday i had an urge to weave with silk and lace

and to see what would happen if i strung beads on the warp before winding it on the loom


the challenge is to get the number of beads right - once you start winding the warp it's pretty hard to add or take away

but it's quite fun to slide them up and down!


 wide strips of grey silk, folded in half, alternating with ragged strips of very old lace


 it took a few tries just to get to here - the plan is that when the weaving is done the silk will fold to the back and i'll carefully stitch in down - the lace will come to the front


 i posted it on instagram yesterday and someone asked me what it was going to be


 "i don't know", i replied...

"right now i'm just scratching an itch"

stay tuned

7 comments:

Createology said...

You have the loviest way of "scratching your itch". I am swooning over your choices of silk, lace annd beads! I will definitely stay tuned my uber creative friend. <3 XO

Rachel said...

What's it going to be? Lovely!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

It is a lovely work of art. You are so creative.

Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

Marj Talbot said...

It doesn't have to be something specific, it's an experience and the result will be a surprise. I'd love to see it when finished. Then you can decide what it's going to be!!! It's a fine itch!!!

Dorthe said...

Oh it is looking amazing, dear Jillayne, so very beautiful, -you have so many great ideas, always, and this serene weaving will be a most adorable little piece of art. Also forgot to write you, in the last comment, that I love the paper pieces, you have made embroideries around, and on top... they are really amazing, too.
Hugs again from Dorthe

Magpie's Mumblings said...

The beads made me think of an abacus. What a fun piece! I can 'see' these made into lovely little mug rugs (minus the beads perhaps...just in case it might cause a mug to be tippy).

Karen Ruane said...

you scratch beautifully!! I for one hope the itch lasts a long time