Sunday, January 14, 2007

Surprise! Surprise!

Last August, before the s**t hit the fan, I ran to my local weaving shop to pick up some cotton rug warp and 5/2 perle to use for my boundweave sampler. Finally the loom is warped and ready to go. I watched the tape again and I'm ready to color in my worksheet. I ran downstairs to see what colors I bought. Lo and behold there's else wrapped up inside the bag -- a Schacht double bobbin boat shuttle. The good thing about being so forgetful is that it's like getting a present for no reason!

As I've said before, I'm using Nancy Hoskin's video but then I remembered I'd picked up a book at Creative Strands a few years back. For my second surprise I picked up the book and found that it was always by Nancy Hoskins! Using the two I hope to learn the basics and then some.

There are two pieces of posterboard placed in two sheds. She instructs you to tape the cardboard to the warp to keep it from pulling in at the beginning.

After weaving an inch in a solid color you pull out the cardboard and hemstitch using the knot stitch.

Here are the first two bands. There is one more upside down and then three more right side up for the first sampler. She designs it that way so that you can fold it in half for a little purse or bag.

The warp is 8/4 white rug warp, the weft is 5/2 perle cotton. I might also try using two ends 10/2 so that I have more color options. I have lots of small amounts left after the gamp. Green leaves and stems would be nice.


  1. I've always been interested to try boundweave, and you are *insisting* that I do with these enticing photos of your work. I agree if you use 2 ends of a finer weft together in perhaps 2 shades/tones of a colour you could get some nice effects. Glad to see you are going to be on the UKWSD Online Computer workshop!

  2. That's beautiful!

  3. Ohhh, me too me too! I have Hoskins' book next to the couch and the dvd on the way. I have decided to jump into weft-faced rugs and after a few simple ones, the next will definitely be boundweave!

  4. This is your first effort? Um...because it sure looks great to me. Those references obviously did the trick. I may have to now put boundweave on my to-learn list!

  5. oh my god that's beautiful, great fun!
    Do you know you can buy little balls of 5/2 at the five-and-dime type craft stores? Coats and Clark I think. They use it for embroidery or something. I buy it when I want to try out colors before buying a whole cone.
    (Five-and-Dime sorta dates me, doesn't it? But I knew you'd understand!)

  6. The boundweave looks great! It is a technique I have always been interested in. I will have to check out the DVD and book. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. I wish I could discover such great finds when looking for something else. Your work, as usual, is wonderful. I just can't continue being a
    Charleen lemming! If only you knew....

  8. Your weaving always looks so nice!

  9. Charleen, it's lovely! I did a small bit of bound weave several years ago and it wasn't as easy as it looks. And yours looks great.