Weaving a Chevron Twill Across Four Colors

Our challenge project for Fiber Folks is to use the four colors of crayons we drew in a new project in a new technique.

Here are the crayon colors I got in a blind draw and the warp on the loom.

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Can you believe the great matching yarn I had in my stash for the weft?

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Here is what the chevron twill looks like on the loom.

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The chevron twill pattern is from a collection of different weaving drafts I tried out on various looms at our Fiber Folks retreat last summer.  I am working my way through as many as I can.

Here is the finished scarf, before I wash it so the fibers will draw together.

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Learning a lot!

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage


Learning About Wool

I love it when the directions to a local workshop include “then you go down the gravel road for two miles until…”

I was part of a group of fifteen people learning about different kinds of wool, from about a dozen different kinds of sheep.

We learned a little bit about the background of the breed, characteristics of the wool, good combinations to make various types of items, rugs, socks, sweaters.

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Then, we got to feel the different wools and see their characteristics.

What a fascinating new and very large vocabulary there is.

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I also watched a video from Interweave Press about wool.  Way more than I could take in – which breeds of sheep and how to spin their wool to  take advantage of the best characteristics of that type of wool to make specific items, socks, sweaters, shawls.

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Even on overload, I am totally loving my opportunities to learn new homestead skills to enjoy  more sustainable living in the beautiful surroundings of southwest Missouri.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage


Comfort in Doing Things I Love

I am feeling such comfort today.  I have woven on two different looms.  My rigid heddle loom has a shawl project on it.  My floor loom has a series of small shoulder bags on it.

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I have watched part of a video about processing wool as I wove.  I wrote my inspirational blogs and posted them.  I did some spiritual study.  And now I have finished part of a new drawing exercise in toning with colored pencils.

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It is such an amazing feeling doing so many things that I love to do.

I am so grateful.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage