Welcome to my Inner World. I am a French self-taught artist, and these past seventeen years I have made Norway my home. Moving to the Lofoten islands was the greatest present I ever made to myself and the Arctic landscapes are indeed a true treat for any artist’s eyes. I live with my British soulmate,… Continue Reading
Preparing for my second weaving project. The baskets are filling up with different kind of yarns and it starts to look like I’m aiming at world domination. I love having all these possibilities. But let me tell you: this is an expensive hobby. You’d think it’d be cheaper to make your own fabric but most of the time, it is quite the contrary. My first project cost me 25 euros worth of yarn. I’m going to be dressed like a queen, no less. I went to buy some yarn for my warp this morning and was amused to see the ladies in the shop were discreetly trying to eye my shawl. So, it will be mostly teal with small stripes of orange and moss green for my warp (on the right of the picture), all made of wool and alpaca and for the weft a mix of things with 75% wool. I made sure this time there wouldn’t be any difference in shrinkage, or at least not enough to matter:
I think it will be fairly warm.
Meanwhile Lucy and Pixie are playing on the daybed.
It didn’t take long to make, perhaps 7 hours. It’s 80 cm by 130 cm and I used different kind of yarns, different materials, elasticity and thickness. This is why it turned out … bulgy. Lucy still likes it, but I wouldn’t leave it in her care for too long. I’m not sure how to proceed for my next weaving, how to incorporate different yarns with different tensions. And I can’t seem to find information about this. I guess I’ll have to experiment and tread carefully. The fabric is really pleasant to the touch, very soft and warm.
I’m in heaven. The warp threads didn’t (yet) break, the tension seems right and the texture is so soft, delightful to the touch. It took me one hour to weave this (about 15 cm in length on a width of 74 cm), it’s fast enough for me, and so much fun to combine all these beautiful yarns:
It took me 5 hours (after a first failed attempt) to warp my loom. My back’s broken. I think I’ll do it in a different way next time, this was most uncomfortable. BUT it’s beautiful already! I hope I won’t get any nasty surprises. I chose grey colors, surprisingly, for my first weaving. I love wearing brown and grey, the pilgrim colors, they remind me of earth and rock.