Monday, August 29, 2011

Matt's Matching Table Runner

Matt asked me if I could make him and Sandra a table runner with the same colors as the afghan so here it is. I had very little of the variegated aqua left and was only able to put one row (on either side of the center) in with it. When I'd finished 6 rows total, I discovered I'd made a mistake in the pattern so from there on in I had to improvise. This is very easy to do with a table runner but I have done it with afghans, too, rather than pull out a lot of work.

In the case of the runner, I had no variegated left so it was easier to adjust the pattern and it looks good anyway. I like the effect I was able to make with the longest point and will design my own full pattern around it one day.

The edge border is accurate with varied widths in the dips and dives but I think I prefer it to be consistent rather than this way.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

More Swedish Weaving Items

These are a few runners that I already have in my house and that were made within the last few years.

Picture #1 is on my coffee table and I used an ecru fabric with purple heather and pink yarns.

Picture #2 is a very small one. The fabric is ecru and the yarn is a burgundy and green variegated.

Picture #3 is a runner that is on the diningroom table but the color hasn't shown up very well. I used a sage fabric with lilac, ivory, and golden beige yarn. I really love this combination of colors.

Picture #4 is one of my first runners and it's on the diningroom buffet (notice the sunshine streaking through the window). It is done with white fabric and what looks to be the same burgundy and green variegate yarn I used in picture #2.

When I first started doing Swedish weaving, I loved using the variegated yarn. I don't use too much of it anymore but it still makes a beautiful project so I'm thinking of doing a complete afghan with it sometime soon.

Faye's Swedish Weaving Afghans

What a time I had trying to figure out how to scan these photos that Faye gave me and then get them on the blog. I am terribly computer illiterate but I do try.

Picture #1 is "Dazzling" (from the Diamonds booklet) and she's done the weaving in a few different greens with a medium yellow that makes it look, well, dazzling, doesn't it?

Picture #2 is our all-time favorite "Marquise" from the same Diamonds booklet. It was done in various shades of pinks and rose.

These pictures are not good enough to show the true beauty of the afghans but they've already been gifted to 2 of Faye's grandchildren so I, a better photographer (LOL!), can't take any to show them to better advantage.

The afghan done in pinks drew a great deal of attention when Faye was working on it in Florida. We all love the "Marquise" pattern and I've seen so many done in that pattern but they all look just a bit different because of different choices of color for our yarn. Each afghan is unique because of that.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Matt's Afghan Finished

Finally finished, but it really only took me about a month because I worked on it a lot due to being inside the house for most of the summer. I'm very happy with the finished product even though I'm not too enthusiastic about the short fringe but, if that's what Matt wants, then it's just fine.

I started a Swedish weaving tablecloth for my friend, Mary, last winter but got bored to death with it and set it aside. It's dark green fabric with dark green yarn as a border. It's too boring for me when I use the same color fabric and yarn but it does look beautiful when it's finished. I doubt I'll ever do another this way, though.

I have one more long, long, long row all around the tablecloth to do and it's not going to be fun for me but I know Mary will love it when it's done. Then I can start on my sister-in-law, Marilee's afghan which will be ecru fabric with different greens for the yarn. I'm looking forward to doing that one.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Matt's Swedish Weaving Afghan

This is an afghan for my grandson, Matt, and it's almost finished. The pattern is called "Crystalline" which can be found in Marilyn Magly's "Diamond Monk's Cloth Afghans". The booklet costs about $8 on Ebay and even though I have many others, I use this almost exclusively. The patterns are all beautiful, of course.

As I said, this afghan is very close to being finished but I still have a bit of filler to put in near the end. My grandson decided he wanted the narrow fringe instead of the longer fringe I like to do now so it left me kind of struggling to fill in the gap. I make a short fringe when I prepare the fabric with the intentions of finishing off with an enbroidered row and then a longer fringe, cutting off the short fringe. In this case, I'm just taking bits and pieces of patterns from different places, sorting them to suit myself and then filling in a border.

The fabric is ecru and the yarn is aqua, aqua/brown variegated, and dark brown. These were his choices and they've turned out nicely. I've used 2 1/2 yards of monk's cloth, zigzag stitched each end to keep it from ravelling and washed it in a gentle, but hot wash, and then dried it in the dryer. There would have been minimal shrinkage but it can safely be machine washed and dried from now on, preferably with a load of towels just in case there is some lint.

Swedish Weaving Club

I've been doing Swedish weaving for quite a few years...maybe 7 or 8...and have loved the artistry of the craft so much that I actually gave up quilting. I was taught by a lady at the Florida park where I spend the winters and have continued on to teach anyone who is interested.

I have a few blogs of different interests and I thought it would be fun to start one just for us Swedish weavers or Swedish weaver wannabes. I'll post pictures of my own projects and those of my friends. If anyone is nice enough to send me a picture of their own project, I'll post that, too.

We weavers have a good time teaching each other with new ideas and different ways of practicing our craft of choice. I've never met one yet who wasn't interested in learning or trying a new procedure that would make their work nicer or easier.

Swedish weaving is a time consuming craft, one that I as a retiree have plenty of time for but I'm always stressing that it doesn't matter how long it takes you to finish a project. I have found Swedish weaving to be the most comforting craft I've ever involved myself in. You can pick up and work on it for a minute , an hour, or a day and then lay it aside until you want to work on it again.

I'm hoping that many people will fall across this blog and help me add to it. Swedish weaving is almost a hidden art form with too few people who even know it exists. I've given lessons to complete strangers at Walmart while shopping for fabric and yarn so you never know when you can welcome someone to the fold.

If you Swedish weave or are just interested in the craft, welcome to the club!