Funny Farm

A fearsome foray into my fiber follies. I talk about weaving, knitting, spinning and dyeing. Some chatter about the sheep, goats, pigs and chickens.

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Location: North-east PA, United States

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Modified Clasp Weft?

To answer Charleen's question:
I'm calling this a modified clasp weft. When looking through my references, the clasp weft technique involves running the weft back through the same shed. I'm changing sheds. This is adapted (by me) from the Swedish Rag Rugs-35 New Designs (see page 30). I liked the overall look of the 'Rolakan' Rug, but with modification. The weaver of this rug exits both wefts at the same point but does not "clasp" the weft. The weft is not interlocked, but turned back and entered into the same shed. The edges just meet. I tried playing with this on another rug but feared that the weft wouldn't hold up as well. What I have done is clasped the warp, changed the shed and taken the weft back to their original sides. The drawback, if any, is that with the clasping, there are significant bumps, but not uncomfortable to bare feet. Here I've set my warp at 12 epi. The sheeting is cut 2 inches wide. This is not a fast weave.

Weft coming from left and right and exiting at the same point. The green warp thread is down.

The weft from the right (paisley) is brought to the right, crossing the left (merlot) weft.
The shed is changed and the left warp is brought through to the left selvage.
The merlot weft is entered into the same shed and travels right.
You can see the two wefts interlocking.
The wefts are beaten into place.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Look who is coming to dinner!

One day old, Hooligan

I hope we can keep her alive. Chances are slim. However, she is a feisty gal!

Our newest Funny Farm Resident

January's rug

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