The London District Weavers and Spinners’ annual show and sale is coming up, so mark it in your calendars!  The sale was such a success last year, that we’ve decided to extend it to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this year.

Every year I continue to be amazed by the quality and selection of items available for sale (including some of my own).

Handmade gifts are the best gifts, so come check us out!

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And here is the result of much colour planning…

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After one more bout of hemstitching to correct some broken/twisted threads, I have begun to weave in earnest.  Dark blue, aqua, yellow, red and green.  I can’t wait to see each colour as it blends with the warp.  And the mohair is like a beautiful cloud.

 

 

I love colour!  As a fibre artist, how could I not!  And I like to think that I’m good at choosing colours that go well together, though there are some that would disagree.  

There was a project that I wove using shades from 1970s melamine that definitely attracted some odd looks.

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I think it’s fabulous!

 

But if you aren’t trusting your instincts, and maybe just a few too many of your friends are giving you the look, check out some of these awesome online colour resources.  

 

I love to try different things, but if I wove up every colour combination I could think of, it would take a lifetime!  Places like these websites allow me to play around with colour combinations, find my favourites, and weave up the best things I can think of.  Plus, it’s just so much fun!

 

Basically, there are two types of colour resources online, the technical ones, and the artsy ones, but both are useful.  The technical ones tend to have black backgrounds and a bunch of numbers (don’t let that dissuade you!)  The artsy ones always seem to have a picture of a beach somewhere.

 

Technical Colour Resources:

 


 

Artsy Colour Resources:

 


 

And my FAVOURITE!  DeGraeve Color Palette.  This site allows you to upload your own picture, and it will pull from it a colour palette.  So cool!  So useful!  Here’s the picture I chose (below), and here’s the palette.


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Check out these great resources and find your favourite.  I guarantee you’ll think of colour in a whole new way!

 

Fond this great Instructable on How to weave on Branches.  Can’t wait to try it – the results are beautiful!

Well, here we are three weeks later and hardly any progress has been made.  *Sigh*  This is my first major weaving project, and I’ve made a number of errors proportionate to my experience.  Little experience = major errors.

I threaded the pattern wrong the first time, so the spacer needed to be unwoven, the warp re-threaded and tied on again to the front.  Did I mention that we finally got some hot weather and that my studio/laundry room is like a sauna?

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Hemstitching after the new spacer section.

Still, it’s re-threaded etc and looking really good.  I rewove the spacer section and wove about a foot with the mohair, then cut it off as a sample.  It’s extra work, but I wanted to be absolutely sure of the final product.

IMG_1719On the loom with a new section of spacer, then woven with the dark blue mohair.   It’s a plain twill pattern that will leave the blanket nice and fluid.

I washed up the sample with some SOAK and let it dry.

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The moment of panic – have I done it right?  Will it wash well?

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Drying on the front porch.

I am very pleased with the results: drapey, soft, and warm.

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Lovely and soft!

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The kids are back to school this week, so it’s been really hectic, but stay tuned for more weaving updates!
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The warp beamed on to the loom

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The back beam, full of warp yarn!

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Almost ready to tie on to the front beam

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My daughter helping me wind bobbins of mohair for the weft.  

You can see the purple wool fabric woven in to serve as spacing at the start of the warp.

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Time for a new project!  Well, not exactly new since I’ve been planning it all summer, but now it really starts.  Blanket weaving!  The London District Weavers and Spinners Guild, of which I am a member, was given a whole bunch of gorgeous wool yarn.  We sold some of it to the membership, but kept the bulk so that I can weave it all into blankets.  Now, I’m a fairly new weaver, and I’ve never woven anything this big, but of course I jumped in with both feet because I’m just like that.  We’ve got enough yarn to weave approximately 9 blankets done with three warps, which is EPIC!

The wool yarn came in basically three muted heathered colourways: blue multi, green multi, and a red/brown multi, each colourway being made up of about half a dozen different colours.  I’m going to be throwing in some brights to each in small stripes to cheer it all up.  I’ve made the blue warp now and soon it will hopefully be on my loom.  Here’s a pic of part of the warp on the warping mill: 

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The weft will be done in mohair so the blankets will be super super soft (touching the cones is like petting the softest cat).

Speaking of looms and cats, here is a pic of my new 60″ Leclerc Colonial loom, currently set up as a counterweight, and my cat Aras taking a tour.  More pics to follow once I get the behemoth warped with the blanket warp.  I can’t wait!

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And for good measure, here’s a pic of a mother swan and her four signets we saw on our trip to Stratford!  

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Doesn’t seem that long ago, really.  This summer has just flown by.  The weather was terrible, and business slow due to the rain and cold, but my stuff looked really good.  I’m really pleased with the display and I think I would have sold quite a bit if people hadn’t been put off by the weather.

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Platypus Symphony Handmade

will be at the Indoor-Outdoor Central Craft & HBB Marketplace

at Central United Church, 135 Wellington St., St. Thomas ON 

on Saturday May 17

from 8am to 1pm

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I will be selling lots of handmade crafts, including tea cozies and cup cozies, crocheted jewellery, and handwoven textiles. All natural fibres, all made by me in St Thomas Ontario. Thanks to the wonders of technology, I will now be accepting Visa and Master Card as well as cash.

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Check out 40 plus Craft & Home Based Business Vendors. Enjoy a hot dog or bacon on a bun at our Central BBQ and don’t forget to take home some goodies from our “Mega” Bake table. All home baked by “loving” hands. Something for everyone! Come, stay, enjoy!

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Ellen, a crafty homemaker with two kids and a penchant for correcting other people's grammar.

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