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Started by Wombat on May 25, 2011 10:43:31 AM
The Arts and Crafts Movement...

Not really at Morris standards, but a thread for all your artyfarty, craftywafty, knitting, crochet, papercrafts, dressmaking, painting, drawing, macrame, etc etc needs.

Wombat - 25 May 2011 10:44:27 (#1 of 1927)

Filling the need for a crafty thread.

helbel - 25 May 2011 10:46:55 (#2 of 1927)

Well I washed my weaving sample yesterday and a few things.

1. I think I messed up in my yarn selection, there's no way it's soft enough to be a scarf.

2. What the hell am I going to do with the other 2 metres of warp on the loom?

3. I still can't decide between the broken twill and the 3/1 twill


FleurDuMal - 25 May 2011 10:47:59 (#3 of 1927)

Does anyone know where I can get belt-type eyelets and heavy duty metal press-studs? Also, are they difficult to apply?

MaisonLazlique - 25 May 2011 10:49:02 (#4 of 1927)

You get them at er, craft shops. They come with a little doobery that you hit with a hammer.

Wombat - 25 May 2011 10:49:41 (#5 of 1927)

A haberdashery will have those Fleur, and should also sell the metal press tool.

LardyStuffer - 25 May 2011 10:50:26 (#6 of 1927)

We are reupholstering a ratty old chair we got in a junk shop with some fairly heavy duty fabric.

We got hold of some of those buttons which you cover with the fabric and have a clip on back and you then sew through but the material is too thick for them to work, any idea where to get some heavier duty buttons?

Wombat - 25 May 2011 10:50:36 (#7 of 1927)

The craft shop eyelets aren't compatable with press stud fixers, however.

Wombat - 25 May 2011 10:51:46 (#8 of 1927)

Ebay or a haberdasher/John Lewis, Lardy.

CuteAsABugsEar - 25 May 2011 10:58:00 (#9 of 1927)

Reposted from the thread that inspired Wombers to get this one up and running again...

North Londoners... I have a bit over 5m (it's about 115cm width) of cream lightweight fabric to get rid of quickly. My mum brought it back from India and planned to make some curtains with it and, somehow, I've ended up with it. However, seeing as I'll soon have no house to make curtains for, it's time for it to find a new owner.

MaisonLazlique - 25 May 2011 11:03:05 (#10 of 1927)

What goes on Cutie? Last I heard you were hanging out in the White Horse's paddock?

CuteAsABugsEar - 25 May 2011 11:09:36 (#11 of 1927)

Hi Laz, I am indeed. I spent a few months back in London over the winter but headed back to the cuntryside two months ago. Just back in London for a couple of days to clear out my flat because its new owners take possession on Friday.

MaisonLazlique - 25 May 2011 11:10:38 (#12 of 1927)

Splendid news.

CuteAsABugsEar - 25 May 2011 11:13:54 (#13 of 1927)

End of an era, thoughbut :( I doubt I'll ever be able to afford to live in London again.

Are you still down in Exeter?

MaisonLazlique - 25 May 2011 11:15:32 (#14 of 1927)

I yam indeed. Down by the river. Ver nice, no regrets.

CuteAsABugsEar - 25 May 2011 11:19:17 (#15 of 1927)

Lurvely. I shall have to come down and visit sometime.

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MaisonLazlique - 25 May 2011 11:20:49 (#16 of 1927)

Yes, do.

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helbel - 26 May 2011 12:06:37 (#17 of 1927)

So at weaving last night my teacher suggested resleying the reed and putting in a 10 dpi reed instead of a 12. This is to spread the warp further apart to make the cloth softer and drape better. So I've done that and the warp is now 14" across where it used to be 12" - but I expect to lose a couple of inches when it's washed.

I've done a few picks of plainweave to start it off and I'm really not sure as now the warp is spread so much you can see every hole between the warp and weft. I'll see how it looks with a twill. One of the few things I did like about the sample was the fact it looked like cloth.

The big plus about last night is that I got to try out a boat shuttle for the first time, ideally it would be smaller to fit through the shed better (and yet still fit my spool of yarn) but it made it much easier to weave even around the floating selvedge.

helbel - 26 May 2011 13:08:00 (#18 of 1927)

Oh and I forgot to say I got a couple of weaving books for my birthday. Not started reading them yet, but they look great. Am enjoying my slowly expanding weaving library.

binturong - 27 May 2011 14:15:40 (#19 of 1927)

Will the holes disappear/get less noticable once it's washed?

helbel - 27 May 2011 14:17:55 (#20 of 1927)

Possibly. They didn't on the tencel warp but given the shrinkage of the cotton sample they might do.

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