My Catalogne Adventure Begins

Here are two images showing the start of my Catalogne.   This is my interpretation of a traditional Quebec blanket.

In the top image there is green waste yarn at the first margin.  Then I even found Phentex a neighbour gave me and that will work as a hem.   Then we move on to the blanket proper.

I started with white cotton threads and wove 3 cm. Then I went to some brown rag strips and wove three cm.  There is an alternation every three cm. I was told by a weaver experienced in making these blankets to alternate between rag sections and normal thread sections.  Otherwise the blanket could wind up too heavy and stiff.

After the yellow and blue rag I chose a medium blue rag.  I am making this up as I go. But I may try for symmetry after the midpoint. Then I could reverse the stripe sequence.  I hope there is enough of everything for that to work. I am using up stash yarns given to me.  So there is a finite amount on hand.

I am having fun with this project so far.

Catalogne Installment #2

Above are three images of the original pattern involved in this translation.

Three catalognes for the bed, pattern with large checks


The second image shows the tie up at top. One treadle is tied of shafts 2 and 4 and another treadle to 1 and 3. The treadling is shown beneath that, as alternating from the 1/3 treadle to the 2/4 treadle.
Threading is shown in the third image.  Thread heddles in shafts 1,2, 3 and 4 repeatedly across the desired width.
Reed: 12 dents per inch. 2 threads per dent.
Warp: cotton 2/16
Weft: rag strips

Pattern #1
Warp sequence: 120 threads pale green
24 threads white
120 threads medium rose
24 threads white.
Repeat to get the size you want.

Weft: rags pale green
Rags white
Rags pale rose.
Weave in a manner to form checks.

Pattern #2
Warp sequence: 144 threads yellow
24 threads white.
Repeat to get the size you want.

Weft: rags yellow
Rags white.
Weave in a manner to form checks .

Pattern #3

Warp sequence: 120 threads white
120 thread…

Catalogne - Installment #1

Here is the original pattern page that I made the translations from.  
Diagram A
Diagram B
My translation follows.  ^^^^^^^ Catalogne 
Germine Galerneau , Technician Ministry of Agriculture
Diagram A represents Tie Up at the top. Tie one treadle to shafts 2 and 4 and another treadle to shafts 1 and 3.  The lower portion displays the Treadling . Starting with the treadle tied to shafts 1 and 3, alternate the two treadle throughout.  
Diagram B is the Threading. Using four shafts and working from left to right you will thread heddles in shafts 1, then 2, then 3 and then 4; and repeat this sequence across the desired width of your warp.
Dent: 10 dents per inch and two threads per dent.   Warp: natural colour 2/16 cotton and blue 2/16 cotton.  Weft: white rag strips and blue rag strips.  Natural 2/16 cotton and blue 2/8 cotton. 
Sequence of Weaving : A) 6 picks natural 2/16 cotton  4 picks white rags Repeat above two lines (A) 6 times. 
B) 6 picks natural 2/16 cotton
C) 6 picks blue 2/8 …

Spring at the Lake

Since we arrived in early April it snowed on us maybe four times.  This photo is of the only time that it stayed on the ground. We enjoyed it while it lasted, because it was the first snow we had seen in over a year or two.   Now we are approaching the start of walleye fishing season and Blue Thuder has come to join our flotilla of boats. The previous owners' son called it that, not realizing he had made a spelling mistake on the sign proclaiming the boat's name. A red boat beside it was called Red Lighting.

 There are some new developments on the gardening front. We have been busy building the box to hold the soil we have made. This raised bed will be painted up, once the nights are a bit warmer.
In the photo you can also see the greenhouse which I was gifted by a neighbour. So far the seedling plants enjoy hanging out in the greenhouse during the day. At night they are coming in to the cabin.
 In this photo is a sample of my next weaving project. The warp is ready and I am …

Wildflower routes

The photos really speak for themselves. What a glorious part of the world we live in. And at this time of year, it really is at its best. We crossed the Llano River. Blue bonnets, Indian paintbrush, wine cups and gaillardias were everywhere. Besides these, any other species of flowers delighted our senses.

Something New For Me

As the title suggests, I have yet another new tool for the studio. This time I purchased something new. In fact it is so new, that I was a supporter through Kickstarter. This electric spinning wheel is in the development stage. Eventually it will be available for general purchase.

The first photo shows the beginnings of my spinning on this Electric Eel Wheel 5. I do not need the silicone mat for slippage since the wheel has rubber feet. But the inventor of the wheel found that it runs a little quieter with it. The construction is mostly bamboo and 3D printed plastic. This guy is very small ( around 5 by 7 inches) and very lightweight.

It operates via three different power sources. I can plug into normal household current. In the truck, as a passenger, I can be spinning using the accessory port, drawing power from the vehicle battery. And if I am away from these two sources, I have a portable lithium ion battery that will run it for eleven hours at full speed!

The fiber I am spinning t…

More rug projects

This is the second small rug piece I wove on my new-to-me Harrisville rug loom. It measures 15 by 28 inches and uses a variety of materials. The warp was linen and the light grey weft is cotton. The four other colours are churro wool.
I believe I will use this as a table topper, like an oversize hotpad or even on a coffeetable.

 And here is the third piece completed. I had wanted to use this as a rug, but because I was trying to cram a lot of weaving in a short warp, I could not use normal binding off techniques. So I do not think the edges would have held up to heavy traffic. It graces my office wall right now. It is 26.25 X 33 inches.

Both of these rugs utilize shaft switching techniques and equipment.