What's weavin'

What's weavin'

My latest project du jour is a hybrid fabric – part traditional yarns, part recycled neckties. I started off the bolt with a custom portion. I really love the challenge of custom work! “Here are 12 of my husband’s ties – create something!” It’s like a puzzle! What common colors run through each tie or will pull it all together? 

In this case, I decided on a red/blue mix for the warp yarns (yarns running through the loom). They will provide a very cheerful platform for the unique variety of ties – hopefully without looking too patriotic! 

Then once I clear the number of inches needed for the custom bit, I’m off and running with my own portion! I’ve become a bit of a spontaneous weaver, which surprises no one more than me! I’ve gotten in the habit of carefully planning the beginning of a project and when it comes time to weave, letting the wind blow me wherever it pleases! And so far, it has served me really well! 

For my portion of the fabric, I’ve been working with black & gray ties, keeping the colors simple. Then little by little, I am tweaking the weft yarns (yarns in the shuttle) underneath them. I gotta say, it’s coming together well up to this point! There’s still a lot of inches to go and there’s no telling how it will play out! But, I’m happy to share my progress to date! 

Handwoven
Handwoven
Handwoven
Handwoven
Handwoven

(I’m having technical issues with my captions, but the top 3 are the custom portion & the bottom ones are my portion. The string is what I used to measure the correct number of inches and the shuttle image is a reminder of what not to do – that is, overstuff the shuttle!) 

What are you working on this week? 

By |2017-05-10T18:03:34+00:00May 10th, 2017|Art, From the studio, Weaving, Weaving Fabric|0 Comments

About the Author:

Chris Acton is the President, Chief Weaver, and Jack-of-all-Trades for Acton Creative, based in NW Indiana. When she isn't weaving away, you can find her absorbed in a book while slurping gallons of hot tea.

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  1. itwasjudith May 11, 2017 at 2:25 am - Reply

    i love it, beautiful colours!

  2. KerryCan May 11, 2017 at 5:44 am - Reply

    This is looking great–and fun! I think I need to add more spontaneity to my weaving!

    • Chris May 11, 2017 at 6:17 am - Reply

      Thank you, Kerry! It seems to balance out all those rules that go with creating fabric! I recommend at least a little bit!

  3. Barb-E Designs May 15, 2017 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    What a good use for all those ties in the closet.

    • Chris May 16, 2017 at 8:19 am - Reply

      Thanks! I’ve discovered that folks don’t really wear ties anymore. So, it has become a lovely way to use their forgotten gems!

      • Barb-E Designs May 16, 2017 at 8:21 am - Reply

        Yes, I have a bunch that were my Dad’s and this would be a good use.

        • Chris May 16, 2017 at 8:44 am - Reply

          Exactly! I love a good recycling/repurposing project!

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