Thursday, December 31, 2015

Camisette finale

My last 2015 project is finished - Camisette from Jane Austin Knits (Fall 2012).
I am not entially satisfied with the result but it is wearable.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Christmas Village

There are a lot of things I have not finished this year (although I hoped to) but Christmas ornaments are done.
Bakery is from 2014.

Two more years and I will have a full set.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Green results

It took me just :) three months to finally produce 10 gr of cotton. But what a result - I did not believe till the very end that it would become green after boiling, and it did!
I wonder, how much more cotton I need in order to start weaving towels...

Second batch - brownish easy-to-spin sliver. Ten more grams to go!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Time to ply

I've managed to spin four tiny bobbins of green cotton. Now it's time to ply. 
I am supposed to get something similar to 8/2 or 10/2 cottons. Looks about right...

Besides, now I am a lucky owner of two lightweight spindles. I am planning to use them for yak and silk fibres I already have. 
Can you have enough spindles, I wonder?...

Friday, November 27, 2015

Pagoda View from Maia

This year I did not have much time for cross-stitching, but I feel like I need at least to finish what I started. I began Maia's Pagoda View back in April; it took me almost eight months to finish what seemed like a simple design.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

One down, one to go

Christmas ornament meant for November is stitched and done.

It will keep company to other two from 2012 and 2013. 

Friday, November 13, 2015


My filet camisette is moving slowly...
But as it is only 25 rows long, it may be finished soon.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Christmas chores

Some eight years ago cross-stitching was my only hobby. Happy days!
Now with all weaving, spinning, sewing, and other beautiful crafts, I find less and less time to cross-stitch. But Christmas is coming and I should get busy. As per my long lasting tradition November and December are dedicated to producing a fresh pack of holiday decorations.
I need to pick one Snowmen ornament for November and One Victorian home for December.
Which one to choose?...

Friday, October 23, 2015


Spinning Wensleydale yarn turned out to be less fun than expected. I know now I am too young as a weaver to cut corners and... taking your wool everywhere in hot weather may have some negative consequences.
And with my cotton spinning project brining so much pleasure, finding extra time for wool spinning can be rather difficult.   

Friday, October 2, 2015

Tired of loops

After two loopy cloths got bored and decided to try something different - hand manipulated 2x2 twill lines. 
On the warp I have did not work well.
Next week - back to loops.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A long way to towels

I bought this kit from CottonClouds.
I am supposed to spin all those cottons and weave towels out of them... one day.
I wonder how many years it will take for me to finally see a towel.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Loopy progress

My huck studies finally over and I can come back to my loopy cloth.
Not much progress but there is a colour change!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Huck in violet

My huck studies are finished.
2.7 m warp of Noho yarn produced three runners: first one in huck, second in huck lace, and third in huck boxes. The pattern was taken from the Handwoven Magazine (Nov/Dec 2009).

I miscalculated the length of the first runner and it turned out to be 2 inches less than it should have been. Good thing they are not for sale.

This time I decided to use up the warp as much as possible. Look at it. Last 5 picks I did by hand and hook - my shuttle could not get in. As a result the last 4th 'sample' runner came out the longest.
And the prettiest as I tried to decorate it with stitching.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

I love huck lace!

Next time I need to try it with thinner yarn.
This is my second runner on this warp. The first one was in huck, second - in huck lace.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Daily quotas

I do not like to set deadlines, they add more pressure. 
But sometimes they can be very useful:

1. Two sleeves on my Viticetum Coat are done (started last October).

2. Crochet top from cotton/lines yarn is finished.

3. Loopy cloth is moving on.

4. Pagoda View is in the process.

5. New runner project is almost on the loom.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Loopy cloth

One project over - another is on the way.
This time I dressed my rigid heddle loom with cotton/linen blend to make fingertip towels.
It's not exactly weaving but very relaxing.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Touch of Spring towels ready

My 'A Touch of Spring' towel kit from Cotton Clouds is finished.
Cotton Clouds were generous enough to add some extra yarn for the kit, so I wound a bit longer warp, and this resulted in three towels instead of two.
Two of them are planned 25"x14", and the last one is 20"x14".
For the last towel I also used up all my coloured warp threads and it turned out to be stripy in both directions :).

Can you see squares here?

Friday, June 26, 2015

A Touch of Spring towels

I forgot to take a photo of the kit from Cotton Clouds when I received it but here what is left after measuring the warp.
Natural cottons at the top are for the weft.

One day when I finally learn to dress my loom evenly - I would become the happiest person.
But as for now - I have to put up with loose/tight ends during the weaving.
There is one really bad thing about this kit. It took me two weeks to set the warp (I could do this only for a half day per week - very busy lately). But... it weaves really-really fast. I need to restrain myself from finishing too soon.
And the towels look fabulous!