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Newsletter Archive: News031013

Hi everyone,
Easter and spring are quickly coming. Here are some highlights of projects I’ve been working on the past few months.

Felted Quail Eggs
Why not felt a few eggs for your Easter basket?

Felted Easter eggs

Rebuilder Tapestry
A new tapestry is underway at Chichester Cathedral.

Felted Pillow
How to make a felted cushion cover.

Why Knit
Some of the health benefits of knitting.

Felted Waterlily
Knit and felt some flowers.

Russian Join
What is a Russian Join?

Fingerless Mittens
Fingerless mitten patterns.

Nalbinding Iphone Case
Make a bag for your Iphone using nalbinding.

Free Crochet Bowl Patterns
Crochet a bowl with leftovers from your stash.

Earth Sky Retreat
Earth and Sky meditative art workshops coming up soon in Ireland and Italy.

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Rare Vintage Made In Holland Louet S10 Wooden Spinning Wheel Clothing Spool

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Fiber Wool Combs Carders Spinning Wheel

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Newsletter Archive: news102712

Hi Everyone,

Christmas is coming faster than we think. Here are some projects that you might like to try.

Needle Felted Christmas Ornaments
You can easily make needle felted Christmas decorations using a cookie cutter as a template.

Santa Doll
Knit a Santa doll and make him a hand felted Santa suit.

Super Simple Scarf Pattern
Here is an easy scarf that can be quickly knit up using handspun yarns.

Paivatar Yarns
As many of you may know, in addition to managing the All Fiber Arts website, I also work as a handweaver and spinner.

Earth and Sky
When the Christmas rush is over, how about an artistic and meditative retreat?

Marketing Crafts Online
A few things I’ve discovered recently about selling your crafts online.

Knitting Clock
A clock that knits. One of our Facebook members shared this link. The website is in German so you may need to turn on the translator in your browser.

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Fiber Wool Combs Carders Spinning Wheel

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Earth sky

For those who are looking for a different sort of vacation here is something you might want to consider. Earth and Sky have a Meditative Art School that combines art and yoga.

In the Meditative Art practice the emphasis is on the use of natural material and exploring the way the natural materials effects us and our creativity. A variety of natural materials is used which include: natural paints, raw wool, natural fabrics, ropes, metal, creating with food items and painting with spices.

Meditative Art is a way of creating from a receptive and quiet state of mind.

Their programs take place in especially inspiring locations and they combine Meditative Art theory and practice together with daily yoga and meditation.

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Some of the upcoming workshops are:
Earth and Sky in Ireland
April 2013

Beauty in Italy
end of July 2013

It sounds very peaceful and inspiring, doesn’t it?
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Meditation Books

Buddha in Blue Jeans: An Extremely Short Simple Zen Guide to Sitting Quietly
Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program
The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

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30" Schacht Flip Rigid Heddle Loom and Stand - new

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Ashford 20" Knitter's Loom, w/stand, bag, 4 various heddles, + more

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Kessenich Hand Weaving 14" Tabletop Loom

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Newsletter Archive: news081012

Date: August 10, 2012

Hi Everyone,

Big O Games
Have you been watching the Olympics?
Some enthusiatic knitters got into a bit of trouble with their knitting.
https://www.allfiberarts.com/2012/big-o-games.htm

Spears Weaving Loom
I found this lovely little child’s loom on Ebay. It’s perfect for weaving small tapestries.
https://www.allfiberarts.com/2012/spears-loom.htm

Felted Necklace
An easy project for a beginner Felter.
https://www.allfiberarts.com/2012/felt-necklace.htm

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How to Weave a Rya Rug
A video deomstrating how to make a rya rug on a floor loom.
https://www.allfiberarts.com/2012/rya-rug-video.htm

Weaving Workshops
Since I have now ‘semi-retired’ I will be offering private classes from my small weaving studio in the UK. Please contact me for further information if you are interested.
http://www.paivatar.com/studio/classes.htm

In our Forum
Ikat Towels
http://forums.delphiforums.com/fiberarts/messages/?msg=2275

All Fiber Arts Group on Facebook
In addition to our ongoing Delphi Forum, I have also started up a Facebook Group for weavers and fiber artists who like to use Facebook. Come join our friendly group if you like.
http://www.facebook.com/groups/335350539860002/

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Antique Wooden Spinning Wheel Great Old Item!!

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Rare Vintage Made In Holland Louet S10 Wooden Spinning Wheel Clothing Spool

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Fiber Wool Combs Carders Spinning Wheel

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Newsletter Archive: news061202

Date: June 12, 2012

Hi Everyone,

It is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this weekend. All the shops and streets are decorated in red, white and Blue. Parades, street parties and festivities are on everywhere.

Jubilee Knitting
Knitters have been busy with projects to mark this special occasion.
https://www.allfiberarts.com/2012/jubilee.htm

Shetland Squares
I purchased a sample pack of Shetland roving and thought this would be lovely spun up and knitted into an afghan.
Here are some of the squares and knitting patterns…more to come.
https://www.allfiberarts.com/2012/shetland-square-charts.htm

Felted Posey Pot
When a felt bag goes wrong and turns into a flower pot.
https://www.allfiberarts.com/2012/posey-pot.htm

Striped Towels
http://forums.delphiforums.com/fiberarts/messages/?msg=2261

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All Fiber Arts Group on Facebook
In addition to our ongoing Delphi Forum, I have also started up a Facebook Group for weavers and fiber artists who like to use Facebook. Come join our friendly group if you like.
http://www.facebook.com/groups/335350539860002/

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Antique Wooden Spinning Wheel Great Old Item!!

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Rare Vintage Made In Holland Louet S10 Wooden Spinning Wheel Clothing Spool

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Fiber Wool Combs Carders Spinning Wheel

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rya rug video

How to Weave a Rya Rug on a floor loom. This rya rug is made of 100% hemp warp and weft. The video demonstrates how to cut the rya pile, tie the rya knots and weave the rug.

The backing for the rug is woven in a tabby weave. The pile for the rya knots is cut to a length of about 3 inches. To prepare the cut pile, wrap the rya yarn around a folded piece of cardboard and cut. After the rug has been woven, trim the rya knots to an even length. Weave about an inch of tabby between each row of rya knots.

Hemp Rya Rug
Hemp Rya Rug

Rya Rugs

Rya Rugs
How to Fix a Rya Rug
Hemp Rya Tapestry
History of the Rya Rug
3 to 120 Rya
Rothko Rya Rug Kits
How to Weave a Rya Rug

How To Tie a Rya Knot

Rya Rug Books
Hooked rugs & ryas; designing patterns and applying techniques
Techniques of Rya Knotting
Rugs: Braided, hooked, rya (Pm-832)
Handgenoopte C.U.M. Rya Tapijten

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30" Schacht Flip Rigid Heddle Loom and Stand - new

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Ashford 20" Knitter's Loom, w/stand, bag, 4 various heddles, + more

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Kessenich Hand Weaving 14" Tabletop Loom

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Rya Rug Repair

Someone recently sent me pictures of a beautiful wool rya rug they had woven. Unfortunately due to wear and tear, the rya has a few holes in it, so they asked me to how repair the rya.

Nordiska Rya Rug Repair
Rya Rug Repair
Rya Repair

In my opinion, rya rugs should not be used on the floor, rather they should be considered to be works of art and hung as a tapestry on the wall. The weave structure is not strong enough in a rya to withstand floor use and often results in holes in the rug caused by abrasion of table legs or chairs. If you are unfortunate enough to have a rya that has developed a hole, here is how to repair it.

How To Repair a Hole in the Center of a Rya Rug
For the hole in the centre of the rug –
use a strong linen yarn. You may not be able to find an exact match but something similar will work just as well.
Rya rug hole
Do not trim any of the broken warp threads until you have finished weaving the repair into place – as you will need these for a guide of where to place the repair warp.
Start by sewing the linen warp yarn into the back of the canvas a couple of inches away from the hole
Weave/sew the linen yarn across the width of the rug – weftwise for about an inch or two
then following the first row of warp yarn that is damaged
weave the linen yarn along the warp thread down, weaving in and out between the weft threads, following beside the exisiting warp thread.
This will be like the top of a Z shape. Weaving across the weft first, before weaving down, helps to secure the warp yarn in place so that it doesn’t pull out.
This warp yarn should not show on the surface – except in the section where the hole is.
Then Continue to weave past the hole for another 2 – 3 inches.
Then weave in the second warp row, moving back up and again following the next existing warp yarn.
Continue weaving up and down, following each warp yarn until the hole has been repaired.
Alternate the placement of where you change direction, to avoid creating a bump in the rug.

Once you have rewoven all the warp yarn,
again weave the warp yarn in a horizontal – weftwise direction for a few inches, to lock the yarn into place.
This should be almost invisible from the surface of the rug as the rya shag will cover up the repair.

Repair A Rya Rug Diagram

Now very carefully trim back any bits of broken warp yarn ends that are sticking out. Leave the original warp yarn that has not been damaged in place.

The wool weft backing can now be woven into place.
From the photo, it looks like there are about 8-10 rows of wool weft woven in each section.
Again, if you don’t have any of the original yarn, a good quality wool yarn of a similar weight will work as well.
Following along the existing weft yarn, weave the wool into place, over and under the new warp threads.
Again alternate the beginning and end of the weft yarns so that there isn’t an obvious bump in the repair.

Once the repair has been made, you can add the rya knots into the repaired section. If you don’t have any extra rya yarn left, you can undo a few of the rya knots that use similar colours and remove one of the rya threads from each knot and use these to fix the broken area.
A rya generally uses a lot of yarn so a few knots that are missing a thread or two will go unnoticed.
Hole in Binding of Rya Rug

Rya rug repair

To fix this, it’s a bit like darning a sock.
Using matching wool yarn weave both warp and weft to cover the existing hole.

Rya Rugs
Paivatar Yarns Rya Rugs Bespoke Rya Rugs made to order.
3 to 120 Rya
Hemp Rya Tapestry
History of the Rya Rug

Rya Rugs – You Tube

Rya Tapestry Books

Hand-made C.U.M. Rya Rugs

Techniques of Rya Knotting

Hooked rugs & ryas;: Designing patterns and applying techniques

Spears loom

I found this lovely little loom on Ebay. It came in its original box, complete with instructions and weaving sticks. It is a Spears No 3 Weaving Loom made in the 1950’s. Spears looms were designed to be a child’s toy loom, but they are quite sturdy and well made. With the rigid heddle that lifts and lowers alternate warp threads, the looms are designed for weaving plain fabrics.

However I thought that I could also use this loom for weaving small tapestries. Rather than threading the reed using both the holes and slots, I threaded the warp through the holes only as I will not be using the reed to lift and lower the warp or to beat the weft in place. Instead I will lift and lower the warp threads by hand, as in tapestry. I use a fork to beat down the weft into place.
To test this loom I put on a narrow warp (about 4 inches in width)

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Yarn

Warp:
For this project I used 3 ply hemp yarn for the warp. 18 ends, 2 yards in length.
If you don’t have hemp, you can substitute with a linen or a strong cotton yarn.
Weft:
I am using single ply handspun wool for the weft that has been dyed with natural fungi and plant dyes.
Boletopsis Grisea – Greens
Cortinarious semisanguineous -Ppinks
Logwood – Blue/grey
I wind small amounts of yarn into butterflies.

Spears loom

The ‘warp beams’ have slots in them for tying the warp threads to. I found it quite fiddly and difficult to hold the warp in place in the grooves, so I used some cello tape to tape them down. Once the ends were secure I wound the warp onto the ‘back beam’ and put the holding pin (brake) into the small holes on the beam to hold it in place.

warp spears loom

Spears weaving loom

At the front end of the loom, I tied the warp ends over the warp beam, similarly to tying them on a floor loom.

In this sample, I am demonstrating a few common tapestry techniques.

Header

I begin the project by weaving in a header using 2 ply wool. Weave a tabby pattern (over/under warp threads) for about 1/2 inch to create a firm edge for the tapestry.

weave header

Slit Technique

In the Slit technique, each colour is woven back and forth, separately. This is generally used in small sections as a slit is created in the rug.

tapestry split technique

Warp Interlock

Two colours can also meet by wrapping around the same warp thread. The Warp Interlock creates a jagged edge and is used in diagonal joins.

tapestry interlock technique

Diagonal

Diagonal (or other) shapes are woven using a combination of interlocking techniques. The steepness of the diagonal determines when to change to the next colour.

tapestry diagonal technique

Weft Interlock

In the Weft Interlock, the two adjoining colours wrap around each other between two warp threads. It is used on long vertical joins.

Spears weaving loom

My Next Tapestry Project

Fish Hut tapestry
Fishing Hut Tapestry
.. work in progress..

Fishing Hut Tapestry
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More Spears Looms

Spears No 4 Loom
Spears No 3 Loom
Spears No 2 Loom

Tapestry Weaving Books

Small Loom & Freeform Weaving: Five Ways to Weave
Included are 30 projects, some of which can easily be completed in an evening or weekend. Step-by-step, diagrammed instructions for personal items, such as iPod and cell phone holders, scarves, purses, and jewelry, and home decor projects, such as pillows, table runners, wall hangings, and book covers.

Tapestry Handbook
The weaving process is explained step-by-step and illustrated with over 300 beautiful color photographs and diagrams of tapestry techniques.

Tapestry Weaving
Clear instructions on how to weave tapestry.

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