Thursday, September 21, 2017

Split Float or Not

Some patterns call for a split float where you only pick up 2 threads of the 4 thread float on the way up and then pick up the 3rd and 4th threads of the float on the way down.  I stopped doing this a long time ago because I didn't like the effect...purely a personal choice on my part.

Instead, I put the needle through all 4 threads of the float, go up to the next part of the pattern and reverse the needle to go back through the float (picture 3) and then down to complete that part of the pattern. 

This is my preference only and both ways are fine to do. 

By the way, this is my new project, a Christmas runner where I'll be working the pattern in white yarn and green yarn.  I haven't decided how I'll do the side edges yet but will post photos when the runner is completed.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Peach/Coral Lap Afghan

These photos don't come close to showing the lovely peach/coral color of the monks cloth but it's the best I can do on a cloudy day.  This is the most recent lap afghan I've finished and I chose not to add lattice/diamonds inbetween the pattern.  That's partly because the pattern is very intricate and time consuming.  I also rather like it without lattice.

The pattern is "Waterfall" from Annie's Needlwork "Learn Swedish Weaving & Huck Embroidery.  I also used only about half the pattern and, even though I think it's beautiful, I probably won't use it again unless it's for a table runner and I can make the edge trim smaller.  The reason is how long it takes to complete.

I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in Sunshine, Persimmon, and Chartreuse.  I happen to love this combination, have used it before and will use it again.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Christmas Table Runner

This is an extra wide table runner...not sure why I left it this wide!  The monk's cloth is white and the yarns are red and green (Caron's Simply Soft Party)  There is a metallic thread through the yarn and it tends to break or unravel so I'm not happy with using it.  I won't buy it again.

The pattern is "Christmas Stars" from "Monk's Cloth Afghans for Christmas".  

I love the center pattern but I don't like the way I finished the fringe.  I tried something different and it's a bit of a I won't do it again.  We live and learn, right?

In my experience with Swedish weaving the thing I usually wish I'd done differently is the fringe.  I did alter the center pattern a bit but I think I improved on the pattern.  Again, live and's fun to use our imagination when we're weaving because sometimes we do improve on the pattern and that's our own creativity coming out.

I found the pattern fairly easy to do and would use it again.

Update:  I wasn't happy with the way the fringe turned out so I cut it back.  Below are the photos of the runner folded in half and with the red yarn removed from the fringe.  I like this much better.

Lap Afghan OR Tablecloth

I had decided to only make lap afghans from now on but saw that they are also a perfect size for a tablecloth.  This one is the "Cascade" pattern from "Learn Swedish Weaving & Huck Embroidery" by Annie's Needlework.  I did a bit of a variation on the diamond/lattice in the center to accommodate the space I had to work with.

The monk's cloth is a denim blue and the yarns are white and golden beige.  This was a very easy pattern to work with, too. 

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Now Back to the Peach Lap Afghan

I decided to use only 6 lines of the pattern because , even though it isn't difficult to work on, it still requires a lot of concentration.  There will be 6 x 2 lines in the center and then maybe 3 lines on either edge joined together with some kind of diamond/lattice.

In the first photo, I've shown the full 6 lines done.  The second photo shows the other part that is partially done.  The third photo shows how intricate the pattern is and why I don't want to do it completely.  The fourth photo is the pattern book (Annie's Needlework "Learn Swedish Weaving & Huck Embroidery") and the pattern I'm using"Waterfall Gift Bag" can be seen on the bottom right side of the cover.

This particular project will be sold at a craft show in October and I can't put a ridiculous amount of work into it when I still have more items to complete.  The pattern is challenging and fun to do but has turned out to be too time consuming.

Swedish weaving is a wonderful and satisfying craft but it does take a lot of time to complete any project...time that we can't charge for when we sell the item.  For years I made afghans for family and friends and never worried about how many hours, weeks, months it took to make them.  It's another thing entirely when the item is to be sold.  We can still enjoy making them but we have to be reasonable about how much time we want to devote.

I'll post photos of the 2 lap afghans, one recently finished and this one when both are hemmed.

Friday, August 25, 2017

A Few Hints

Swedish weaving is addictive, fun, and good for the soul because we create things of beauty.  Besides those lovely benefits, we also can start Swedish weaving clubs, blogs, Facebook pages, etc. to show our projects, get advice, and learn new techniques.  These are all win/win/win benefits of the craft.

One technique I learned about recently was how to finish off the selvage edge other than machine stitching it down.  Someone came up with the really bright idea of using stitch witchery.  You cut the stitch witchery to size and place it under the fold..I only fold over once because I don't want too much bulk.  Then press it down with your iron.  So easy and so neat!

Another nice idea was in adding some of the yarn colors used in the pattern to the fringe.  I've done this forever but someone came up with the idea to place them in sort of a wave instead of straight across.  I love that!

There were more but I didn't write them down...note to self, write them down from now on!

I mentioned that I've been working on 2 lap afghans at the same time because one has a really intricate pattern that sort of tires me out.  The second lap afghan has a more simple pattern to follow.  Well, I finished the simple pattern one except for fringeing the top and bottom and now have to face the more difficult pattern.  I'll post photos of both when I'm finished.

One more thought...the lap afghans would also make excellent table cloths.  I've made table cloths from the full size afghans, too, but these smaller ones work just as well.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

New Pattern

My unfinished project had become kind of a strain for me and my aged brain so I decided to put it aside for a while and go on with a simpler pattern.  This is called Cascade and it's also from Annie's Needlework "Learn Swedish Weaving & Huck Embroidery"....actually featured on the front page.  I was quite relieved as I started the pattern and felt so relaxed because it is a much easier pattern.

I'm going to finish the project exactly as shown although mine will be wider.  The center will be all lattice/diamonds but I'll probably improvise a bit there.

My fabric is a denim blue and I've chosen something very different for the yarn.  It's a variegated mainly white with short runs of blue and beige.  I usually choose a variegated with all short runs of colors but this yarn appealed to me to at least give it a try.  I think this pattern would be gorgeous with many color choices so I'll use it again.

Update:  It turned out that I didn't like the variegated yarn because of the extremely long lengths of white and the few shorter lengths of blue and beige so I pulled it all out and began again.

I chose white yarn and bone (what I refer to as golden beige).  I'd known I wanted a lot of white but chose the bone when I saw how nice the other beige looked on the denim blue fabric.  This is only part of the border pattern but I think it shows nicely how well the white and bone yarns look on the denim blue.  I'll post another photo when it's all finished.