Tuesday, August 4, 2009

"String-a-ling" and some handweaving

Looks simple, but there is a lot of experimenting in this necklace.

I started out using beads in center of split rings (inspired by Jane!)
But, after doing just two beads that way, I got dissatisfied, I dunno - the upside, downside, look of the bead either on top of the ring or below it just seemed to twist on me or something, and I knew mine wouldn't turn out nice like Jane's.

So I continued with it as a string of beaded mock rings - then I noticed yet another phenomenon - there is S curve sort of effect, which would be more noticeable with 2 colors. I didn't notice the effect on my first try using all red. To top it off, I found out that if I wasn't consistant with how I did the joining, the look of the curves changed - yikes! I'll show more of what I'm talking about, after I manage to figure out what I'm actually talking about, LOL!

Then, I decided that either I should do some weaving or sell the loom. I really don't want to sell it! It's just a table loom on a stand, not a big jobber, but big enough to do some serious weaving, and I've had it about a dozen years. So, I finished one scarf I had started quite a while ago, and saw that there was enough warp for another - when I finish that one I'll put it in my Etsy shop if it turns out nice enough.
These colorful towels I finished some time ago just got added to my Etsy shop.

Maybe someday I could get around to weaving lacy things (using HDT) that would look nice with tatted edgings (in matching HDT) - gotta keep dreaming, LOL!


Jane Eborall said...

2 wee suggestions. When doing a necklace like that join each SR to the previous one on each side. Do a ds, picot, rest of ds's, picot ds. Do this both sides and then join the next SR to that one.
Also try making the SR a tad bigger so the bead sits in the middle. It does take some playing with but it's worth it once you get the right recipe!!!!

Marilee Rockley said...

Joining picots! Now why didn't I think of that? Thanks, Jane.
(Your brain cell #3 really is soooo gifted!!! LOL)

Jane Eborall said...

Ah, but he's not for sale as he's not very reliable!!!! He has his moments sometimes, though!!!!

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

I noticed the towels in your Etsy shop... they're fabulous! I need to use my loom also. I still haven't warped it, and I've had it for 9 months!

Joansie said...

You are so talented. I love the necklace. I'm just learning to tat so I have a lot to learn.

Marilee Rockley said...

Diane, thanks for the compliment on the towels. I think there once was a great weaver who said, "You can't weave if the loom isn't warped" - LOL. On mine, the same warp has stayed on for nine months!

Joansie, have fun learning to tat! There's lots of great resources Online and friendly tatters to help.

Unknown said...

Your weaving is lovely.

As far as the tatting with beads in the center of the ring goes...I look forward to hearing what you have to say about what ever it is that you figure out you want to say! LOL! ;)

Marilee Rockley said...

Thanks for the encouragement, TattingChic. I'll post about what I may have stumbled onto when I'm done stumbling, LOL!

Jane McLellan said...

It's interesting that you say you might dye thread to match your weaving. I've been dyeing thread to match material, muslin. Well, the idea was that they would match if I used the same dyes on them, but in fact they came out quite differently. Thread turquoise, pink and purple, but the muslin showed only pink. Then I tried turquoise and orange, overlapping to make brown. The muslin came out more or less as I imagined, but the thread was much more pink, terracotta perhaps. I used them together as planned, but they didn't 'match'.

Marilee Rockley said...

Jane Mac, your dyeing experiences do sound interesting. I'm wondering if maybe there was some sort of coating or sizing on the cloth that affected the dye. Anyway, one website I've found helpful for answers to dyeing questions is http://www.pburch.net/dyeing.shtml