Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Weave Something In November...Or May

Remember the 2011 Tour de Fleece? When I spun some Karakul yarn for a friend and was going to make something special for her as this was one of her favorite sheep?  I'd quickly decided on a weaving project...and this past fall, when I still didn't have it finished started I thought maybe a challenge would help and set up the WeSoInNo.  Yeah.  I just finished it.  May-vember?


The project I designed was based on a traditional overshot weaving pattern that I thought looked like long wavy locks.  With an overshot pattern, you use two different yarns - in this case the handspun Karakul with a commercial black yarn background.  A shot of gray, a shot of black, a shot of gray, a shot of black... 


It's exciting to see the pattern start to develop.


I wove the desired length and then picked through a bag of loose locks I'd set aside and pulled out some possible choices.  Karakul has such a pretty color and texture (not soft by any means, but still beautiful) and I wanted the piece to reflect that and the sheep herself.


I wove in three rows of locks, separated by a few rows of plain black to hold it together.


The top is plain weave (over one, under one, over one, under one...) folded over and stitched, with a simple dowel rod hanger.


I love the layers of wood and wool in this picture. 


21 comments:

Michelle said...

GORGEOUS!

Alice said...

Stunning. Simply stunning. What a tribute to Grandma. Worth the wait!

Susan said...

Perfection takes time....

Tombstone Livestock said...

Interesting .... good job, finished right on time in May-vember.

Mandy Pedigo said...

WONDERFUL!!! Now I'm thinking I need to warp up my other loom or quickly finish the project on the other.

DFW said...

Simply beautiful! Wish I had some sort of talent.

Christine said...

I LOVE THAT!!!!!!!

Lori Skoog said...

I love this you talented lady!

Jenny Glen said...

I absolutely love it - when I saw her locks on the bottom, I had to hold back the tears. Scott loved that part too!

Terry said...

That is so cool.

Dakota Shetlands said...

The more I learn about fiber, the more impressed I am with the things people create! Absolutely wonderful! The locks woven in are something special.

Far Side of Fifty said...

What a treasure! Beautiful work:)

RMK said...

VERY nice!

Wol 'n Draad said...

Wow! That is lovely!
Love, Ineke

Thirteen Sheep (Or More) said...

That's beautiful!

I need orange said...

Wow. Love it! Love everything about it. Love the wavy design in the weaving (agree -- totally like those wavy locks!), love that you paired it with black, love the loose locks and fringe....

Awed by your perfect even weaving.

Nice work! :-)

Bandon, Oregon said...

Beautiful... I LOVE the locks of wool... I am so amazed at everything you do with your wool... so beautifully done... and sooooo entertained by all the sheep... lol..lol

Sheep Hugs,
Faith

Jody said...

Wow, you are an amazing weaver...that piece is beautiful.

Stephen Andrew said...

Gorgeous!!!!!

Loco Lindy said...

Wow, SO beautiful!

small farm girl said...

I REALLY like that!!!!!

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