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

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Category Archives: Weaving

Weaving for the Little People

These days, I weave with a smile on my face, I adore the colors I’m working with. Unfortunately, it’s all acrylic, but once in a while, it’s ok. I will use this for a hat (a pointy hat, of course). I have lots of yarns I use as accents: ribbons, eyelash, glitter and fluff, a palette from Fairyland. This is fun.

It glitters a lot more than the photograph suggests.

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A Scarf for Hagrid

Originally, it was going to be a scarf for my Mum, but it turned out to be a giant scarf. When I wrap it around my neck, it covers my face as well, up to the forehead. And on top of that, it’s a bit stiff, scarves should be soft. The yarn I used for the weft turned out much darker than I expected and felt like boiled wool. Oh well, I already ordered some proper wool for another scarf, soft and the right shades of teal. I’ll be using the “giant scarf” for a skirt perhaps. For the next scarf, I want to incorporate some unspun silk (which I dyed), just a hint here and there. I love weaving SO MUCH!
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Warping

A few days without anything on this loom, that’s unbearable! I wanted to warp something new but I realised my last fabric is short of a sleeve to make a sweater, so I have to weave the same again, but it’s ok. So far, I’ve experimented a bit with warping and this is my favourite method. I warp loosely around a chair (I don’t have a long table, I don’t even have two small tables, and nor would I have the space):

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This is what the warp looks like around the chair:

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There’s just a bit of tension, just enough so that the yarn doesn’t drag on the floor. And then I hold the end of the loops (or my sweetheart does since winding up the warp requires an assistant):

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And I place a pre-cut table cloth under the warp as I wind up, so that layers don’t stick together. It doesn’t buckle and it’s one continuous length only.

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The whole process takes me two hours but I’m using the whole width of the loom, 80 cm. No back pain. The first time, it took me … 5 hours. I was so broken physically I felt the urge to light a cigarette (I stopped 6 years ago). I didn’t of course. So… I’m finally getting the hang of it!

Meanwhile, autumn is magical… This is the place of my daily walks. It’s like entering a fairy tale.

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Bear Skin

I think it’s my favourite fabric so far, it feels like a warm hug. I want to make a loose pullover with it but I’m so anxious to cut in it. I used a blend of purplish blue wool and alpaca for the warp and a fake fur yarn for the weft. It is very soft and tight enough to keep really warm.

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It’s also always better with a few dog hairs.

 

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