Swedish Distractions and Woven Letters

The Package and the Plan

Two weights of yarn from Sweden

Two weights of yarn from Sweden

When I’m busy I tell myself all the things I’m going to do, but when I finally have time, I get distracted so easy.  There’s so much to do, with my Navajo looms sitting idle for so long, I thought it was about time to put a few tapestry weaving videos to use on one of them.  I ordered some yarn from Sweden to start some projects from the videos.  I also have some new luggage, and I can’t see using it until I weave a name tag for it.  I think a tablet woven band should do nicely.  Two birds with one stone, I can get more comfortable with weaving letters, and I get to put those new wood tools to use.  That was the plan, and I should be well into one of those projects by now – I should be.

A comparison between the two weights

A comparison between the two weights

The yarn from Sweden arrived, it’s nice.  Not too expensive and looks like it will do nicely for both band weaving and tapestry weaving.  There aren’t a lot of colors, so it was easy to get all they offered.  I ordered them from Stoorstålka, and they arrived in good shape within the time frame they estimated.  Stoorstålka has them listed for bandweaving, I think the same qualities that make them ideal for bandweaving will lend nicely to tapestry.  They come in two weights or thicknesses, so I have them all.  Originally I was going to use the thicker one for the first projects in the video, Tapestry Weaving 1 by Nancy Harvey, then use both weights for the second video, where two weights are needed.  Now that I have them, I’m convinced that I want a thicker yarn for the first video, then use that with the thicker of the two from Sweden for the second video.  I’ll use the fine weight for bandweaving.  Navajo weaving doesn’t use a pattern or cartoon, but these tapestry videos do, and I find myself dragging my butt getting it done.  Following a cartoon is part of the exercise, so there’s no going around it.  Project one is stalling before it gets out of the gate.  

Book, Please Weave A Message and some wood tools

Book, Please Weave A Message and some wood tools

The band that I intend to weave my name a few times on should be relatively easy.  I’ve done double-faced tablet weaving and I’ve practiced with letters.  I’m still trying to figure out what colors I’ll use.  Mom has a red suitcase and I have a black one.  I figure I can make them red and black and they’ll go with both our suitcases.  I can reverse the background and lettering and weave both our names.  I don’t have enough red, and I don’t want to use the new wool yarn I have, as the fuzziness of the wool will blur the letters.  I want a smooth yarn, like perle cotton or crochet cotton.  I have Linda Hendrickson’s book, Please Weave a Message, and it had some fonts graphed out.  Going through this book, I’m reminded that it doesn’t have capital letters.  I can’t spell my name with a lower case “j”, it just isn’t done.  Thankfully she has graphed out capitals for the font I plan to use, available in a pdf format for a nominal fee.  I should be able to print the necessary pages, then cut and paste them together for a pattern.  Then paging through the book, I notice instructions for setting up Excel for a tablet weaving pattern grid.  I went through the instructions and was amazed how much is involved, a time waster or experience – jury’s still out.  I may have to jot some notes onto an index card for that one.  I can’t help but notice that I still haven’t started a single project with all my time.

Drawer for holding material and new suitcase

Drawer for holding material and new suitcase

A third project that is like an elephant in the living room, is a Sterilite drawer that I just got to house a ton of fabric I have stuffed in a hamper.  I hate that hamper, while it holds more material than you would imagine, none of it is all that accessible.  I’ve forgotten half of the fabric that’s stuffed in there.  That will be a major undertaking, it’ll take the better part of a day, and I’ll likely start re-organizing things around it too.  I had already decided to wait since I had company, but set it in the living room to be a constant reminder that it needed to get done.  If everything works out, by this time next week I’ll be buried under piles of fabric, yarn and looms.  It’s a good lesson to me that there is more to weaving than putting strings in a row, passing some weft and beating the fell.  There’s organization, finding the right inventory, fine tuning patterns, and then we get to put those strings in a row.  I can’t wait.  I should check my email for the PayPal invoice for that font.  I have some names to weave.

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