Wool cape

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Another piece for the 17th of May outfit. Because I do live quite far north, you never know how May will be, and a cape is a neat addition to an outfit if it turns out to be “one of those years”. This is made with the same thin, black wool from tekstil.no which I made the skirt from, and laced with the same green silk noil which I also laced the vest with.

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Green embroidery yarn

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This was a quick (“only” about 4-5 hours) test with regular embroidery yarn (DMC) to see if the relieff in a vacant hole weave would show off the weft colour if the weft colour was different from the warp. I also got to see how thin embroidery yarn works for card weaving. To be honest it works very well! It only ripped when I started pulling quite hard on the weft, and the result is thin, light and strong. The weft colour does not show much at all though, so I am glad I tested beforehand.

One thing about this sort of weaving… it is tiny! This little thing is barely 5mm wide, yet I used 20 cards! This piece is 32cm long, and I could’ve gone on for a few more cm. But I’m guessing no more than 40cm at most can be woven with one regular embroidery yarn, using 20 cards and the vacant hole technique.

I’m thinking of making one in darker green and gold for my ivy brocade vest. But for that I’ll need more yarn first. =)

Ivy brocade vest

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Another piece for the outfit for 17th of May!

This is the piece of fabric which started it all I suppose, I found this gorgeous, gorgeous piece of ivy brocade in the local fabric shop when I went home last Christmas, and I just couldn’t resist it and I knew exactly what to do with it! I had been looking for a fabric like this and not found one, until then! And it had to be mine although very expensive (which is why I only bought 0.5m).

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Sourdough bread

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Quite exited about this one!

After 2 failed attempts (the first would not rise, the second rose too fast and was dry and falling apart), I have finally made what I think is a pretty successful sourdough bread!

It is a dark bread with rye, coarse wheat, some oatmeal and chopped walnuts and sunflower seeds. It needed over an hour in the oven after rising for 4 hours, but after tasting one it seems well worth it. Doesn’t even require butter to be honest. 🙂

Yay, success!

Victorian inspired skirt

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A week in the making!

This is the skirt of an outfit which I am planning to make for 17th of May (and other big days). With it there will also be a vest in this awesome ivy-brocade I found this Christmas, a white shirt, ankle high black boots and a cape with a hood in case of cold weather. The skirt and cape will be in the same thin, black wool (English cloth, from tekstil.no). I like this wool a lot, and I think it fits very well for such a big garment. It is thin, light weight and easy to work with, yet warm and cozy like wool often is. All in all: Yay! =)

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Embroidery

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Seeing as I’m planning on sewing a whole new outfit for 17th of May, I figured it would be a good idea to start practicing embroidery. I found this really pretty ivy brocade which I’m going to turn into a vest, but of course, there is no garment trim that matches it. So I will be embroidering leaves onto the skirt by hand.

This is just a practice round of an idea which might, in some form or another, wind up on the cuffs and collar of the shirt of the outfit. Probably not this dark, but maybe matching the white of the shirt. The “dots” in the all the crosses might have some vague, pale gold colour though, just to break it up a little. I don’t know yet, we’ll see! 🙂

Vacant hole weave

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A small weave just to test a technique called “vacant hole”. Just like the name implies, it involves leaving a hole empty in each card, rather than creating patterns with colour. This pattern is a lot more subtle, and I already have new plans for it.

This tiny braid used just 12 cards, and is barely 0.9cm wide.

Because she is over the moon with this technique, I gave this braid to Liv Elin. 🙂

Linen braid weave

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After receiving the linen thread I had ordered (green, reddish brown and undyed), I was naturally eager to test it out and see how linen works as compared to wool. Personally I like the result very much! Linen is durable and strong enough to weave with thinner threads without breaking the threads from all the pushing and pulling from the cards. This of course gives the potential of thinner, more detailed weaving. The result is not so fat either, and hopefully easier to sew on to garments (untested yet).

All in all, exited to test out and I might just swap over to linen entirely unless an order specifically asks for something else. 🙂

This bond with the braid weave I just learned measures 2 cm in width and is 1.29 m long.

2011 Christmas gifts

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A bit late maybe, but I couldn’t very well spoil the surprise, now could I?

This year I made some bracelets for my closest family (except my mother, whom my brother and I got together and bought some earrings which she had wished for), and I hope and think they were quite well received. 🙂

For my father, a slender yet sneaky weave called “stepping stones”.

For my brothers, matching 12in2 bracelets in sturdy aluminium and titanium, sure to make anyone feel masculine.

All of them locks with s-locks, and all rings were made by Bent-Are Gundersen, but they were assembled by me. 🙂