Friday, July 19, 2013

TGIF links...

It's hot.  It's Friday.  It's time to procrastinate from working on administrivia.
So click back and enjoy the links.

Is it just me?
Can anyone sit or stand still when this is playing?

Since Detroit is again in the news forefront, I thought some of you may be interested in the Detroit Issue of Whole Foods magazine, Dark Rye.
Whole Foods opened a new store in downtown Detroit last month.  I'm not sure that an upscale food market is exactly what's needed, but I give them an A for effort.  I found the magazine interesting, refreshing, and I like the way they put in the video clips yet still offered meaty text.
And if  you're not into meat, there's a recipe for Mujaddarah in is one of my favorite dishes, and has replaced mac & cheese as one of my comfort food favorites.
Plus directions for a multipurpose craft table.
Another plus: A current magazine about Detroit that did not feel it necessary to include gratutitous ruin porn photo's of Michigan Central Station which I'm sure you've seen.  IMO the state of that building says more about its owner, Matty Maroun than anything else.

Like most of the country, we are in the middle of a heat wave.  I have barely been outside most of this week because this kind of weather is not good for people with asthma.  So we are hoping for a cool front to come through so we can enjoy Maker Faire Detroit next weekend.   Weaving will be represented in a variety of ways.  Look for the weavers indoors, in the museum.

Fiberwork:  I did work on drafting some patterns this week.  And I wove another strap for the purse using tablet weaving and 5/2 pearl cotton.  The only immediate thing I have to do right now involves ironing fabric for sewing.  Not gonna happen until the weather breaks!

Okay,  gotta go work on the paperwork.  Here's one more thing (from a Detroit native) to help you boogie through the weekend:

  Stay cool!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

What's black and white and

purple and orange? 

Answer:  the things I've been weaving.

Here's the black and white:
It's a scarf in 12 shaft turned taquete'.  The warp is white and black rayon.  The weft is 20/2 cotton in charcoal gray.  It's from the same warp that the samples in this post were woven on.  I used a lighter beat while weaving this and it spread out the curves a bit.  It also has a softer hand, so it's a good spring/fall scarf.

The orange and purple inspiration:
The echinacea are in full bloom and the bees are buzzing.
But the fabric for this purse was woven back in the spring, when the echinacea was just a leaf or two peeking out of the soil.  I posted about the fabric here.  (It's from an 8 shaft turned taquete' sampler.)

This little double pouched shoulder bag is the answer to the question:  What can you do with a piece of handwoven fabric that's 11" wide and 64" long"?  That's all of the fabric I had, and I still have about 16" left.

The pattern is Vogue 8590, a Marci Tilton pattern.  It all started out looking like this:
(sorry about the color's the difference between indoor and outdoor lighting)  After weaving the fabric and picking the pattern, I wove an inkle band with the same 8/2 cottons that were in the warp.  That's the tiger striped narrow piece just right of center.  The inkle band was just not heavy enough to be a shoulder strap, so I decided to use that sample for the tabs that hold the rings on the sides of the bag. 

Then I started to think about tablet weaving the shoulder strap.  That should give a sturdier fabric because the warps twine around the wefts with each shot.  That's the band you see on the left of the photo.  It is heavier than the inkle band.  It's okay for now, but if I can find 5/2 pearl cotton in the same colors, I will probably re-do the strap. 

The fabric in the upper right corner of the photo is what I used for the lining. 

The two pouches that make up the bag are similar but different.  The front pouch in the top photo has a zippered pocket under the front flap, in addition to the pouch of the main bag.

The back bag has a different sort of pocket.  The pattern calls for this to be a zippered pouch as well, but I like to have an open pocket to keep tissues and lip balm for easy access.  So I made it an open pocket with bound edging.

Inside the main bag lining there's an extra little pocket that will hold a few cards, and a pleated pocket for lipstick or other small items. 
As always, you can click on the photo to see a larger version.
Before sewing with the handwoven fabric, I made a test bag out of a pair of my son's old jeans.  If you decide to try this pattern, I would strongly suggest doing a prototype because the way the pattern is written can be a little confusing.
I'm still drafting patterns from the sloper class...Have made several muslins, but no actual garment yet.  That's my goal over the next couple of weeks.

Doesn't it look like the peach ones are peeking over the shoulder of the red?
They are really stunning this year.  This one is about 5" across:
Thanks for stoppiing by.  Hope your summer is productive!