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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.

 

 

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

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