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Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Hand Woven Throw

The first two throws woven in the Lancashire Hill Breeds wool are now off the loom and waiting to be washed! I did not intend to remove them before all the warp was woven, but the woven fabric is so thick that it was beginning to fill the beam and I did not want to risk overdoing it and put pressure on the front shaft!
I am really pleased with them. The wool has a beautiful lustre which I am sure will only be enhanced by washing and pressing.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Forthcoming Textile Event

Helmshore Textile Museum in Rossendale, Lancashire are holding a weekend of creative textiles  on June 18th-19th. http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/acs/sites/museums/venues/helmshore/index.asp?siteid=3783&pageid=13002&e=e
There will be demonstrations of spinning, weaving, tapestry weaving and a host of other textile crafts together with stalls selling a wide range of quality textile artefacts, wooden textile tools etc.

I will be there on both days demonstrating on an eight-shaft table loom, inkle looms, peg looms and whatever else I can put together.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Lancashire Hill Breeds Woven Throws in Rupert Bear Check

The photographs show the progress in reverse order from winding the warps (all 3 of them) through beaming and threading to where I am now-weaving the first throw!

Weaving in progress
Just starting to weave
Beaming on 12 metres of warp, 50" wide
3 warp chains on the loom and ready for raddling
The three enormous chains of warp waiting to be wound onto the loom.

The wool is a thick double knitting weight wool from sheep from the Silverdale and Arnside areas of Lancashire, to be displayed (and hopefully sold!) by Kate Schofield at the Silverdale and Arnside Art and Craft Trail, to be held from 24-6th June 2011.