November 26, 2010

It's Going To Be An Awesome Christmas (And Another Bag)

I am really lucky to have the supportive family that I do. They support my fiber habit, let me make them things, and in general are great. So for Christmas, I was able to pick something I wanted within a particular price range. I decided I wanted something that would enable me to do something crafty.

Being realistic, I knew the chances of me getting the four harness loom that I wanted in my price range were about none. So I started looking for a rigid frame loom, used on ebay. I stumbled upon a random table loom in the bunch very close to my price range. I was shocked. I actually *could* possibly get a loom in table form. However, I am picky. I had a certain vision in my mind of what I knew would be ideal. Being stubborn that I am I refused to budge from this ideal. So for three weeks I hunted. I watched, found many that 'might' work, but not quite right. Today, I won my loom. I was certain I'd lose out, but I did not. Victory. I am happy, I won't have to stop weaving after class is over, and I didn't have to settle for something that really wouldn't suit my needs.
This is a picture of someone elses loom, but mine is the same model
I'm excited to get it and start weaving with it!

On a complete side note I did make another bag from my weaving. My mom had a fabulous idea to sew buttons on for closures and decoration.
It's just a small clutch made from my twill sample piece. The weaves themselves did not photograph all to well ;) It's lovely in person.

November 25, 2010

Weaving 101, And A Really Nice Hat.

Weaving 101 has been my 'fun' class this semester. I try to take at least one class purely for enjoyment. It helps avoid stress related crying. I have truly enjoyed the experience. While my weaves are far from complicated, my colors are vivid and that makes me happy.

As the semester is coming to a close, my projects are nearing completion and I am overall happy with my endeavors. I wish I had more free time, and a loom. I'd spend all of it weaving. My smaller projects are being turned into purses, clutches and wallets. There might be a theme there. : ) This is some of what I've been working on in the last few weeks.
This is the warp for my final project, I couldn't decide if I wanted black or white. Then I realized I didn't need to choose.

 This is the bag I made last night out of my first woven project. As you can probably see, I had trouble sewing in the zipper. But it works, and is adorable.
 This is what it looked like, before it became a bag.
 I was able to squeeze in some knitting between my school work. I made if for one of my amazing friends. Since I live out in the desert, my opportunities for using knitted goods are rare. He, however, lives in a state that does have a cold winter with snow and the like. So it gave me a chance to make something that might actually get some use. The Pattern I Found Is Here And it does have a matching scarf. You can bet I am making it.