Thursday, January 24, 2013

Rosepaths on a Winter's Day

Brrrr... The temperature has dropped dramatically here in the last few days. The outside air feels like it is biting, and the house is feeling a bit drafty. So of course, I turn to wanting to weave with some wool...

And what better thing to weave with wool on a cold winter's day, then a bit of Rosepath?

Rosepath is an old Swedish pattern, and one of my favorites.

In truth, it's not just a pattern, but almost an infinite array of patterns, as with simple threading and tie-up, one can create a multitude of different motifs just by changing the treadling. 

Quick refresher: Threading has to do with the order that the yarn is threaded through the different heddles, (heddles hang from the different harnesses, a 4-harness loom has four harnesses, each filled with lots of heddles, which the yarn passes through). Tie-up refers to which foot peddles are tied to which harnesses. Treadling is the sequence in which order you step on which foot peddle, also known as a treadle.

It invites creativity, as even though there are many old and established Rosepath patterns that you can follow, you can also simply play around with pressing on the treadles and be surprised by what patterns appear.

  I was delighted to see these x's and o's forming before my eyes... perfect for Valentine's Day!

You can find these Rosepath in Wool Pincushions for sale in my shop here.

Have a great day, and stay warm! xo


Nifty Quilts said...

More lovely creations of yours. Stay warm!

Anonymous said...

these are beautiful! and so nicely photographed,too!

Annabella said...

Oh my goodness these are the most beautiful pin cushions I have seen. I love the way they are understated sophistication - just beautiful!

patty a. said...

So beautiful! I am impressed how fast you produce! I always thought weaving took a long time.

Victoria said...

Thanks to each of you :)

Patty, it really depends on what you are weaving and what you are weaving with. (Thick threads go faster then thin!) How many ends per inch you need, how wide a warp you are using, how much yardage you are weaving, and how intricate the pattern is, all play into the time variations.

Sometimes the longest part of weaving is just setting up the loom... measuring the warp, sleying the reed, threading the heddles, tying on the warp ends to the back and front beams, and making sure the tension is tight. The actual weaving, in comparison can often go very quickly!

Kathie said...

beautiful oh how I would love to own one!

Corinnea said...

These are gorgeous.
I wish there were enough time to learn all if the things that interest me! Weaving is at the top of my wish list. I love seeing what you do!

Printingtextil Natasha said...

Interesting stuff on your blog!

Jane said...

So beautiful!