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Friday, January 15, 2016

Weaving and Sewing

I finished my second weaving project yesterday.  I actually got it off the loom on Wednesday, but I had to finish the ends and wash it before I could count it as finished.  My goal for this project was to really work on my selvedges (the edges of the weaving) and get them looking neater.  They aren't perfect, but I'm getting better!
As I was weaving, I put little markers in my weaving every five inches, just so I could see my own progress.  It worked much better than blindly just weaving away and having no idea how far I'd gone or how far I had to go.  I wove 85 inches, but I haven't remeasured since I got it off the loom, washed it and ironed it.  I know the warp fluffed up (so did the weft) and I'm assuming it did draw in some, but I keep forgetting to measure it.  I finished the ends with hem stitching and then made twisted fringe.  It wasn't particularly fast, but I like the way the scarf looks finished. The fringe measures five inches long.
This was a fun project and I enjoyed watching the colors work together.  I've got a couple more pairings of sock yarns for more of these in my stash!
I also got another Bethioua Top sewn yesterday afternoon.  This time I used a gray and white stripe knit with some metallic silver.  I got it for a steal at Fabric.com, so I figured even if I completely messed it up, it wasn't a big deal.
I've never sewn with stripes so this was a new thing.  I did cut everything as a single layer so that I could keep the stripes straight.
I didn't get the stripes matched on the raglan seams, but they match on the side seams, and I like how they come together in the back yoke.  The silver metallic is pretty subtle, and unless the light hits it right, it looks like a gray and white striped top.  I'm happy with the finished top even though my stripes don't match on the raglan seams.  I almost never stand still anyway, so it probably won't be super noticeable (or that's what I tell myself anyway).

I hope you all have a great weekend!  I've got fabric for two more Bethiouas that I'd like to at least get cut over the weekend.  I'd also like to get the loom warped again. 

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Blogger Susan said...

Love the scarf and the shirt! I think the shirt looks awesome even if the raglan sleeve stripes don't line up!

10:08 AM  
Anonymous LeAnnW said...

You are one talented lady. Look at those perfect selvedges on the scarf! Love your top, too. Must get that pattern!

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will not take up weaving...
Love the scarf!

3:59 PM  

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