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
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):
This is what the warp looks like around the chair:
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):
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.
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.
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.
This is 2 meters long. I think I’ll incorporate some bits here and there in some clothes, depending on my inspiration. I could make coats for my girls with it, pockets, hats. I won’t be doing stripes before a while. On my loom is a single color warp to weave with fur yarn. I can’t stand to see this loom naked, there must be something on it at all times, even if I sometimes end up weaving ten minutes a day. My loom is now on a stand, I can weave a few rows now and then, while the food is cooking or just before going to work. I love it.
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.