Weaving from Alison

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I always weave on a rigid heddle, which I love.  It is quick to warp up and it is easy to produce fabric easily.  With my “landscape weaves” I try to mainly use Aran or chunky weight wool.  This makes a reasonably heavy weight fabric which holds a cut (when washed at 30 degrees or hotter), is easy to work with and it is very quick to weave.

I base my weaves on the colours from photos of landscapes around the Highlands.  My first one was the view of the Beauly Firth from our garden.

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One of the more recent weaves I have completed has been based on a photo of Loch Ness from the Great Glen Way:

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For this I used eight colours.  Two greens, a mid-green and a darker one, two pinks to signify the heather, a yellow to capture the yellow flowered bush in the middle, and a grey flecked yarn to capture the stone to its right.  In addition, I included white for the birch tree trunks on the left, and of course blue for Loch Ness.  This was quite a complex photo and I missed out many colours I could have included, for instance all the colours on the far shore of the Loch.

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The finished weave:

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I do not plan the pattern in advance. I go straight to warping up, and, with the photo in front of me, make the design up as I go along.  The Weft matches the warp, so if I have a block of six threads of one colour in the warp, there will also be a block of six threads of that colour in the same position in the design in the weft.  That was I don’t need to remember the design as I weave, as I can just look at the warp to see what comes next!

3 Comments on “Weaving from Alison”

  1. These are beautiful and inspiring. I am just starting on weaving on a rigid heddle. Can you recommend any yarn suppliers? Thanks. Estelle

  2. Kingcraig Fabrics at Brora. If you phone in advance they will sort out what yarns you may be interested in. They also have a shop in Dornoch and will take yarns there for customers if you specifically ask. They sell by the cone or the ball. (http://www.kingcraig.com/)

    The other good place is Rennies in Aberdeenshire. They do a good mail order service and sell by the ball or the cone, but are slightly more expensive. (http://www.knitrennie.com/)

    I find it is best to phone or e-mail both companies first, so they have a better idea of what you are after – the weight and colour of the yarns you want.

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