Wednesday, February 16, 2011

sample, sample, sample

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Remember these?

I finally decided to use some of my Shetland Samples...collected over the years...spinning a little bit here...a little bit there..and now I am weaving with them...samples making a sampler.

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I set up the rigid heddle loom in front of the window for light. As I glance up, I can see the river. I like to weave first thing in the morning..when the light is best..and I can linger a few minutes with my coffee...

I like to weave in the afternoon...when the days tasks are finished...and I notice the mallard ducks are on the move..getting to know each other..choosing mates..spring isn't far away. They preen and dabble in the last bit of sun as it sets over the mountain.

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After the sun disappears...the deer wander in to see if the birds tossed any seed to the ground from the feeder above.

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The light is fading--no longer good for weaving, so I study the deer instead. They dig down deep for something to eat.

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Another day, and now I can cut the weaving off the loom. This project appears in Spin-Off Magazine...Spaced Out Warps...recommended for beginner weavers ...

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The scarf is tossed in the washing machine and fulled to mask the errors of uneven selvedge and create a puckered cloth..

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I am learning. Weaving with my own handspun and seeing how it behaves as cloth is so interesting to me. It is quite different from knitting with handspun. And it is only just a sample..a woven sample scarf from handspun samples of different (sample) breeds of shetland sheep. There is a lot of information in this piece of work. I can read it like a book.

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18 comments:

Valerie said...

That is beautiful!! Both the scarf and the post....just beautiful.

judy said...

What a wonderful way to use samples. A thoroughly modern and useful sampler.

The birds here are making spring like noises. The toms are on display. Lots more sound.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

This scarf turned out beautifully. I love the way it fluffed up after being washed.

Sharon said...

I love the scarf, love the process and the learning. I love how you take notice of all those things!

Vladka said...

It is beautiful - material, colours, design. I like it very much.

Mette said...

Cyndy, your post is absolutely gorgeous.Your photos, your words and your work are aesthetically and ethically combined and talk directly to the heart.

thecrazysheeplady said...

Beautiful! And I love the optical illusion as I scroll down the long picture :-).

cindy said...

I'm inspired to try the spaced weaving. Your scarf is lovely!

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Jody said...

It looks so much softer after being fulled. I luv the look of woven cloth very much. Looks great lying across your CPW too :-)

Judy said...

I was waiting to see the finished product after you were describing it....beautiful. Love all the different colors.

annmarie said...

all my favorite colors and textures, all in one post...sigh...

Cathy said...

Wonderful to see what you did!

I saved the bottom picture!

Kim said...

Gorgeous! And pretty deer too....

elizabeth said...

So beautiful!

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Kath said...

I love both the sampler of your day and the scarf. Beautiful!

Cathy said...

I think it's only fair to tell you I come back to this post again and again... I love it.

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