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Inkle weaving and lichen dyeing

September 16, 2010

I finished weaving the narrow Andean pebble weave samples what seems like weeks ago.   The designs and instructions  are from Laverne Waddington’s e-book available on Weavezine.  I cut it off and  saw the error – too many ends  of brown on one side (or too few on the other)  How did I miss that?  I kept thinking there was something wrong, but it just didn’t twig.  Oh well…  here are a bunch of bookmarks.

A little August life  took precedence over weaving, but I did get a new wider warp onto the inkle loom and have begun weaving some of the wider designs from the  monograph.   (which is also available in hard copy)  I am using string heddles for each of the pebble sheds  in front of the regular inkle heddles.  All of this looks easier on a backstrap loom, but  I am finally getting used to using these and it is going more smoothly.    The ends are a bit sticky, and I keep missing a stray end here and there and having to go back as much as forward.  That is perhaps just my poor technique and/or the type of yarn.   I am using a mixture of 5/2 mercerized and crochet cotton again.  The 5/2 just doesn’t have the tight smooth twist of the crochet cotton, but I have more colours to choose from in it.  There is a big float in this bit and I will have to take it back – again.

This is a jar of lichen “fermenting” in ammonia.  This was a very small handful collected about a month ago.   It looks like the right stuff and I am looking forward to trying it out.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 17, 2010 4:51 am

    What beautiful bookmarks! I doubt I would have noticed the design difference. That patterns are so stunning. Love the one on the loom too. Now the lichen fermenting, just looks yuck. 😉


  2. September 17, 2010 6:45 am

    Gorgeous inkle work!! I really should figure my inkle loom out!! I’d love to head into summer next year with a portable project like that all set to go.



  3. September 17, 2010 8:30 am

    I love your bookmarks, and that lichen looks positively drinkable! I’m assuming it looks better than it would taste, but I’ll bet you get some pretty color out of that brew.


  4. September 18, 2010 4:52 pm

    Evelyn, you did such a great job on these bands!


  5. September 21, 2010 5:00 pm

    I wasn’t sure what that lichen was. Looked like something edible! LOL

    The bookmarks are so neat. I love this kind of weaving. Maybe someday….


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