Tuesday, 21 July 2015

I've missed blogging, but couldn't decide how to start again. How do you re-start a long neglected blog? I've decided to just jump right in. So many things have happened, and my focus has changed so many times, that it really only makes sense to start fresh, all over again. ;) In this space, I'll explore all of my creative passions.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

I've really missed blogging, and will start positing again.While Facebook is great, it's not always the best way to share all the things I've been doing at the studio. More to come.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Thick/Thin Hand spun

Yes, I know it's been a while since my last post. I've been spending more time on Espace Interstitiel Facebook page and the poor blog has been neglected. So to refresh the blog here's a free pattern for you.

I knitted these scarves/shawls out of hand spun and Habu yarns.

Hand dyed/ hand spun merino/silk and Habu merino/stainless steel.

Hand dyed/hand spun cotton and Habu bamboo/copper.

Several people liked them and asked me to write up the pattern. I'm a very slow pattern writer so it's taken a while. I hope you enjoy it.

This is an easy pattern for using up interesting bits of hand spun or other yarns you've collected.

You will need approximately 50g of thick yarn and 50g of thin yarn. The greater the difference between the thick and thin yarns, the stronger the textured effect will be.  You will need needles sized appropriately for knitting the thick yarn.

In my examples the hand spun yarn was about a worsted weight and the fine yarn would be considered a lace weight.

NOTES: Odd rows are wrong side (WS) and even rows are right side (RS). Yarn amounts are approximate. The amounts you use may be different.  

Using thick yarn, cast on 30 sts. Make sure that your cast on is not tight. It will be much easier to work with the thin yarn if you try not to knit tightly.

Row 1 (WS): Knit
Row 2(RS): Knit
Row 3: Knit holding both thick and thin yarn together
Begin Short-Row Wedge
Row 4: Knit 4 sts holding both yarns, knit to end of row (26 sts) using only thin yarn.
Row 5: Purl 22 sts, turn.
Row 6: Slip first stitch on left hand needle as if to purl, Knit to end of row (21 sts).
Row 7: Purl 18 sts, turn.
Row 8: Slip first stitch on left hand needle as if to purl, Knit to end of row (17 sts).
Row 9: Purl 14 sts, turn.
Row 10: Slip first stitch on left hand needle as if to purl, Knit to end of row (13 sts).
Row 11: Purl 10 sts, turn.
Row 12: Slip first stitch on left hand needle as if to purl, Knit to end of row (9 sts).
Row 13: Purl 26 sts; pick up thick yarn and knit to end holding both yarns.
Rows 14 and 15: Knit holding both yarns.

Repeat Rows 4 to 15 for as many wedges as you wish. End on Row 14, knit two rows using only the thick yarn. Cast off loosely.

There are many ways to modify this pattern so be creative.
Happy knitting.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Colour Play

When the Schacht Zoom Looms arrived at the studio, I eagerly pulled out some yarns and started planning projects.

These two sock yarns have been in my stash for years, and I thought they would look great together.
Two lovely blues; why wouldn't they work?

Well first I tried them with one in the warp and the other in the weft ... and didn't like the results.
Then I tried having them alternating one thread of each, in both warp and weft ... still didn't like the results.

So I gave it another try, by grouping them in both warp and weft ... better but still not great.
While these blue yarns look lovely side by side, they just don't play as well together. for weaving, as I was anticipating.

Not willing to give up, I tried the light blue with another colour. I like this much better.

Still no "real" project for these looms, however I now have a great tool for testing my colour choices . Making these 4x4 inch squares is a fun, quick and easy way to to play with different colour combination.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

I'm still here

I haven't posted in a while, but I'm still here, and planning to be here for a bit longer. ;)

Three years ago, while working on a fine arts degree, I was frustrated with art school and life in general. Plus my apartment was bursting with too much stuff! I decided what I really needed was a studio. Crazy! So I did this crazy thing, and signed a three year lease for studio space. I was excited and scared and so nervous. I honestly had no idea what I was doing, and had no previous business experience. I just knew that I needed to do something. Well it has been a most incredibly stressful and wonderful journey. I've made many mistakes and came close, several times, to packing it all in, and closing up shop. This week, still scared excited and nervous, I renewed my lease. I really want to thank everyone who has supported me, during these years. Your support, in all ways,  is truly appreciated. I would not still be doing this, if it were not for that support and encouragement.

I couldn't end this post without a picture of what I'm up to.

One loom is warped with a combination of hand spun/hand dyed Romney (green and blue), Brown Sheep Nature Spun, and Lanaloft.

Stay tuned, and happy crafting.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Westmount Artisans' Festival

The Westmount Artisans' Festival has come and gone.  I cannot tell you how much I stressed over this show.  For my first show, it went better than I anticipated.  My friend and I shared a table.  She had hand spun yarns and hand-dyed reeled silk embroidery thread. Initially I was going to bring hand-woven, knitted and crocheted items, but then decided to only bring hand-woven items.  There was already a knitter in the show and I didn't want to have too much duplication. Also, I was having such a difficult time pricing my knitted and crocheted items, that it was simpler to leave them out.

I received a lot of compliments, some of them from experienced weavers. Now, I feel a lot more confident about the path I've chosen.  I really enjoyed the show and definitely plan to do more of them.

As expected, there was a lot of sticker shock. I'm glad I didn't bring the knitted and crocheted scarves and shawls.  If the prices on the woven items (which were really reasonable) generated sticker shock, then my prices for the crocheted and knitted silk and cashmere items, could have triggered heart failure!  Given that most people don't know how much work goes into producing textiles, sticker shock is normal.  I feel that part of my job is to educate people. I really enjoy talking to people about what I do.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Down to the wire

Weaving the last bit of a hand-painted silk warp.

This will be my first year participating in a craft sale.  The Westmount Artisans' Festival will be held on, Nov. 10-11 from 10h to 17h. I have no idea what to expect, but I'm looking forward to it.  I still have a lot to do so I've been almost living at the studio.  This weekend I plan to go through everything to have a better idea of what I will bring to the show.

Alpaca Silk warp waiting to be woven.

Organic naturally coloured cotton.
There are a few more items want to make but I really want to finish all of the weaving by the end of next week.  That should give me enough time to get all the finishing done, and print the labels. It's really hard to anticipate what people want, so I've just been weaving the kinds of things I'd want.  If you're in the neighbourhood, do stop by.