Fine handwoven accessories

By Yarn Designs Tenby


Learning to weave

I started teaching handweaving a couple of years ago. I now teach rigid heddle weaving to classes of about 6 at a time. Mostly, ladies are finding it all consuming, relaxing and enjoyable - after they get over the warping. Many ask about buying a rigid heddle, mine is an Ashford 16" but used to have the 24" which I am sorry I sold, never mind. There are different makes out there including Ashford, Schacht, Kromski and Louet and they come in different widths from 16" up to 36". The 16" is great for learning but I think the 24" is best for progressing with different widths of cloth up to approximately 22". However, there is a method called doubleweave where you can weave 2 layers of cloth either joined so it is one piece of about 44", tubular or 2 separate pieces.

One of my lovely ladies learning to weave on the rigid heddle;

Teaching the rigid heddle loom

This lovely scarf was handwoven on the rigid heddle using cotton:

Blue check scarf

The scope for different types of weave is huge, different patterns, different yarns, different products, only you can imagine the design that you are going to create. In my next blog I will let you know about some rigid heddle and other weaving books I have used during my years of learning and progressing

Boudicea collaborative is born


Three like minded Welsh ladies, a weaver, a leatherworker and a jeweller got together with an idea, then a plan, and after a couple of bottles of wine
- BOUDICEA was formed.
History tells us that the Romans adorned themselves in leather, silver and wool, three of the most valuable products of that time and harmonious to us…..so we have named ourselves after the fearless Celtic Queen who fought to protect our country and its natural resources

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Yarn Designs Tenby
The art of Hand Weaving goes back centuries. I started hand weaving some 10 years ago after progressing from hand knit, machine knit and crochet. All my end products use natural yarns, I especially love weaving with beautifully soft and hypoallergenic merino wool. I use 3 looms in my work, an 8 shaft Jack floor loom, a rigid heddle and an Inklette. The process goes from design to choice of yarns (I sometimes dye yarns too) to creating the weaving draft, the warp, the weft and finally the important finishing process to bring out the beauty of the yarns. As well as selling my products in retail outlets, I take custom orders and teach hand weaving in Wales.
Jayne Edwards

Contact:
jayne@yarndesigns.co.uk
Web:
www.yarndesigns.co.uk


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EveryCloud
EveryCloud is a small independent leather craft business based in Saundersfoot. Originating from a local family I have lived in the village for almost 20 years. Being able to turn my hands to many crafts, my enthusiasm was really ignited after attending a weekend leather bag making course in the Preseli’s. That interest in the process of producing handmade leather goods has blossomed into an absorbing business run from a small workshop.
 
All of my products are cut from sides of leather with a hand knife, every stitch hole is punched with a pricking iron and rawhide mallet. Items are then stitched together by hand using saddle stitch with two needles and waxed thread and, depending on the leather used, edges are finished by burnishing. This is a traditional approach to leatherwork and although time consuming, the result is a bag that will last and become more beautiful with age. Being a natural product, variations of colour and texture can be seen in all items resulting in a truly unique product.
Lisa Hire

Contact
everycloud2020@outlook.com

Wireworks Jewellery
Living in Saundersfoot, just a few miles from my childhood home, I have been designing and making jewellery for over twenty years.
Silver is my go to metal….manipulating it to create jewellery that is tactile, unique, asymmetrical, miss matched, individual and unusual. I work intuitively, sawing, soldering, sanding, drilling, hammering, rolling, punching, polishing…incorporating other materials, copper, brass, slate, stones, beads……
The possibilities are endless.
Amanda Hollinger

Contact:
wireworks_jewellery@hotmail.com
Web:
www.wireworksjewellery.co.uk

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Creating the draft

Some time ago I purchased a piece of software for my iPad called Weaveit. I love playing with it, the designs that you can create are brilliant. You can use it for 2 up to however many shafts and treadles.
What's great about it is that once you have developed the design and decided on the measurements, it does the rest for you. It works out how many threads, how many threads in each repeat, the finished product size and much more. Great for experimenting with and creating your own patterns. Here is one of my patterns:

Weaving draft for napkins web

Weaving and dyeing a scarf

So I had a go at dyeing a woven scarf, loved it. I got the wool dye from Wingham wool https://www.winghamwoolwork.co.uk/ashford-dyes.html in red, blue and green (Ashford dyes). They are safe to use and comply with Oeko-Tex Standard 100, however always wear a mask if using powders and wear gloves so that your hands don't get dyed.

I bought the merino wool from the Chester wool company in hanks https://www.chesterwool.com - 2 hanks (200 gms)

Dyed scarf

This is how I did it.
1. Soak your yarn hank/s in warm water and a spot of washing up liquid for half hour
2. I then filled 3 plastic containers with 10 gms of each colour, 150ml of white vinegar (the mordant) and 850ml of water
3. I dyed the yarn in the 3 colours by dipping one end in red, the middle in the blue and the end in the green
4. Wrap the yarn in cling film and microwave on high for 1 minute, check the yarn is not burning then pop on for another 30 to 60 seconds if OK. Ashford suggest placing a cup of water in the centre of the microwave too.
5. Remove from microwave and when cool, remove the cling film.
6. Rinse in warm water then in cooler water and when happy leave to dry on a towel somewhere airy
7. When dry, wind into balls with the wool winder ready to use on the loom

wool winder

8. You can use your rigid heddle or 4/8 shaft table loom to make the scarf. I warped the loom with the dyed yarn doing a plain weave. For the weft I used undyed merino yarn from Chester wool. In all I used 200 grams of yarn (2 hanks).
9. I make the blanket scarf 12 inches wide by 102" long
10. When finished I hemstitched the fringe