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
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!
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.