I started 2016 with my usual optimism, stating that I’d get more time for craft. But most of my plans were uprooted by a stuffed back, the concreter not finishing the garage base, and the book edit from hell.
In January I did my usual overview of the previous year, and a stash portrait. Paul brought home a little loom and we refurbished it and a friend’s loom. The Glamour Shawl was on Ashford Table loom, convincing me that I don’t like weaving with metallic yarn, and I wanted a loom with a race and lamms.
Weaving: Giotto Scarf. Using some ribbon yarn unravelled from a failed knitting project.
Crochet: I-cord Headband. Using some i-cord that had been hanging around since I first got the cord-maker.
Embellish: Pockets on the Houndstooth Scarf. Wove the scarf ages ago, the pockets while teaching a friend how to do log cabin, and finally got around to sewing them together.
Weaving: Dyer & Philips Loom. New heddles and tape.
In February I bought a pile of fine yarns for weaving. What I wanted to achieve on looms was changing. Not so much choosing projects to reduce stash and more experimentation and learning new structures.
Weaving: Hibiscus Scarf. Test piece on the D&P loom.
Weaving: Rep Runner. A sampler – too loosely sett.
In March I started my first ever weaving class. It was this blog’s tenth bloggiversary, so I wrote about all the ways my crafty life has changed since the beginning. We spent a lovely weekend at Lake Hume with that friend and her partner, she and I weaving together.
Refashion & Embroidery: Cheesecloth Top. This has attracted lots of compliments.
Weaving: Touch of Glam Shawl. Not happy. So many mistakes. Inconsistent beating. Thinking of dyeing it black to hide the errors.
Weaving: Floor Loom. I love it!
In April I finished the weaving class, and ever since have been buoyed by a new confidence while frustrated that I couldn’t get time to keep exploring weaving. A shopping trip where I couldn’t find non-acrylic winter woolies set me on the path of researching fast fashion.
Weaving: Overshot Sampler
In May and June, inspired by ethical fashion, I did some sewing and refashioning.
Embroidery: Finished Unfinished Cardy
Sewing: 50-50 A-line Skirt
Refashioning: Denim Skirt
Sewing: Inkle Band Top
Sewing: Handspun Vest
Weaving: Undulating Scarf
In July, inspired by 1outfit1year, I bought an electronic spinning machine and found I was much more comfortable using it than a foot-powered one. I finished my first woven-by-hand braided rag rug and some Bargello samplers.
Weaving: Braided Spectrum Rag Rug
Embroidery: Bargello Samples
Spinning: Electronic Hanspun
August contained a mix of spinning, weaving and sewing – and a big landscaping project. I gave a Zoom Loom to a friend’s daughter interested in weaving and taught her how to use it.
Spinning: Silk Cap Handspun
Sewing: Handspun Handwoven Jacket
Weaving: Reddy Runner
September was a quiet one, craft-wise, because I was in Norway and Denmark for most of it. (The posts were mostly pre-written and scheduled.) However, I learned nalbinding while I was there.
Weaving: Electric Boogaloo Scarf
Weaving: Fanspun Shawl
Spinning: Blue & Linen Handspun
Embroidery: Blackwork Bookmark
Embroidery: Black Rose Red Cardigan
Nalbinding: Nordic Mitts
Embroidery: Traveller Pendant
In October I reviewed what I was capable of doing in work, art, craft, DIY and gardening, since it was clear my back wasn’t going to go back to pre-2016 health. I sold the D&P loom at the Guild sale (and found out later that they sold it for $10 cheaper than I’d specified – no idea what happened there but it’s not enough to bother quibbling over.)
Spinning: Owl of Athena Handspun
I didn’t finish any craft projects in November and December, thanks to the Edit From Hell. I almost did. The pinwheel tea towel fabric came off the loom. It just need washing, cutting up and hemming. I also finished the Gamp Pin Loom Blanket – even had it washed and dried before NYE – but I’m not happy with the sewing together of the squares and have decided to redo it.
Overall, 2016 was a good year for weaving. Though I didn’t get as much of it done as I’d hoped, I learned a great deal and I like my table loom. I seem to be growing more focussed on it, only dipping into other crafts occasionally – and mostly those that have a relationship to weaving (like sewing fabric I’ve woven).
That’ll continue through into 2017 I hope, but that’s a subject for a different post.