Friday, May 26, 2017

Christmas Runner

I like to prepare my fabric pieces all at the same time.  For instance, if I have various sizes of white monks cloth, I'll machine stitch the ends of each piece and then wash and dry together.  In this instance, because I was doing so many pieces, I neglected to machine stitch one end and now have loads of lint on each piece of fabric.  Note to self...double check!!!

Most of the pieces from this lot will be table runners and I'll just have to use my little lint remover plus individually pluck off any remaining lint by hand.  A little time consuming but I really should have been more careful when I was preparing the cloth.

I've started one Christmas table runner and am using the Caron Simply Soft Party which has a glitter thread running through it.  Something I've learned is that you must use an extra long piece of yarn for each row because the glitter strand will begin to unravel on the end.  Other than that, it's very nice to work with.

I've barely started the runner but wanted to warn of the unraveling.  I'll post a photo of the finished project. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017


It's finally finished and I think it turned out kind of pretty.  I believe any patterns on this beautiful turquoise fabric would look nice, though.  This isn't a project I'm particularly proud of but I am glad I completed it the best way I could and that someone will enjoy owning it.

Now on to the next project!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

CSW Afghan Almost Done

I've finished the "crazy Swedish weaving" afghan except for the hemming and I really like it.  The patterns I used are nothing I'd normally use but, when you run low on yarn, you do the best you can.  Most of the patterns came out of  my imagination as I tried to deal with the mess I'd created at the start and make it look halfway nice.  I'll post a photo of the completely finished afghan soon!  

My next project will be some Christmas table runners using the Simply Soft Party yarn.  It has a glitter that I'm looking forward to seeing on the finished items.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Finding a Group

I got a message from a lady in Tampa who is looking for a Swedish weaving group to get together with.  I suggested googling to find one but it would be nice if one of my Tampa readers could send me information.  I told the lady that it isn't necessary to be in a group to learn and improve our craft but it certainly is a lot more fun being with people who love it.

When I first started Swedish weaving I thought I didn't need hands on instructions and that was true but it took me longer to learn.  I was lucky to have a neighbor in my Florida park who took the time to speed me up.  Even with my fumbling start I loved the craft from the very beginning, though.

There are a few Swedish weaving pages on Facebook that I follow, too.  People post photos of their work and ask for advice so it's very informative.  Swedish weaving is much more popular in the States than Canada simply because of the cost of supplies.  Our costs in Canada can easily be double what they are in the States.  If a Canadian visits the States they can use the opportunity to buy their supplies at a better cost to them and that's what I've done.  Right now our dollar is not good against the U.S. dollar so it's possible it's cheaper today to do our buying in Canada.

Here are a couple of Facebook pages on Swedish weaving: "Swedish Weavers Around the World" and "Christine's Swedish Weaving"....there are probably lots more but so far I only follow these two.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Hints From Other Weavers

I love that so many weavers have found the blog and are sending photos of their work or just supplying their expertise to the blog.  One of the most important things I found at our group in Florida was how we continued to learn from each other.  There are definitely more adventurous weavers who aren't afraid to try new procedures and that keeps us improving our own skills.

Something I learned recently from a weaver was to use different thicknesses in the yarns on the same project.  I'd always been taught that was a no-no but her photo showed an absolutely beautiful finished item so now that's what I'll try on my next one.

I'm still finishing up on the "crazy Swedish weaving afghan" and, though it has been the bane of my life, it does look pretty now but I hope to never make the same mistake again.  Most of us will create some kind of blunder but even the blunders look pretty darned good when finished.  It's the nature of Swedish weaving that it's just a really beautiful craft.

And so, ladies, keep contributing to the blog and I hope my readers find it useful.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Yarn Choices For Swedish Weaving

I put out a call to Swedish weavers to let me know what brand of yarn they use and received the following:
Red Heart Acrylic, Caron Simply Soft, Caron Simply Soft Party (glitters), Hobby Lobby (didn't leave me a name, though), Patton Canadiana, Red Heart Soft Baby, Red Heart Love, Bernat Satin, and Yarn Bee Soft Secret.

My preference has been Caron Simply Soft but I've used the Red Heart and Patton, too.  One of the ladies posted a photo of a project she did with the Yarn Bee that looked lovely.  I really want to venture out and try some new yarns and thought maybe other weavers would feel the same way.

One lady mentioned she doesn't like the Simply Soft because it seems to unravel as you work with it and I'd noticed that also but with every yarn I've used.  Now I twist the needle every so often to tighten the yarn.  A few ladies didn't use the Simply Soft because they felt it got fuzzy after a while.  This is something I've noticed too and that's why I want to try some different brands.

I would love it if any of this blog's readers would comment on the yarns they use.  Any and all information is welcome! 

Just a note for Canadians:  It's a simple fact that we pay more for both fabric and yarn here in Canada than in the States but I found that Len's Mill Store's prices are even better than buying in the States and they have a huge selection of yarns.  I don't know how many of those stores are around but there is one in Stoney Creek, Ontario and I know there are at least a few more scattered in southern Ontario.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Re-do is Done

This re-do (adding a color to a completed afghan) is as done as possible and, even though I wish the dusty rose showed up stronger, I am pleased with what I was able to do.  I'd never added to a completed item before and it was fairly easy.

The bottom photo shows how I wove back in the dusty rose yarn.  I wanted my readers to see that weaving back like this means you have to pick up only 1 or 2 strands from the 4 strand float otherwise the stitching would go right through to the front.

There's always something new to learn, isn't there?