Rhiarti

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Certifiable seamstress. Heritage, crafting, and costuming enthusiast.



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    Next up on the spindle, 150g grams of the most sumptuous “black” Jacob fleece. Impossible to do it justice with my iPhone, but it’s spinning up into a rich, dark chocolate brown a lovely hint of cinnamon to it. Happiness!

    Also got me thinking of the common phrases which come from textile production. “Cutting the apron strings” from weaving, for example… One way of attaching the warp is using a string to tie knotted warp ends to the apron rod. Cutting those strings signals a completed project.

    Or, pictured here, “not much cop” and “a fair cop” respectively! A cop being the build-up of spun wool wrapped about the spindle shaft.

    I’d love to know what other similar terms are attributable to the process!

    — 8 hours ago

    Weave in progress! A way to go yet, but SO looking forward to getting this one off the loom and seeing the post-waulking cloth.

    — 11 hours ago
    Stage one of the loom warping process, and helpful cat is helping. This… may take some time!

    Stage one of the loom warping process, and helpful cat is helping. This… may take some time!

    — 1 day ago

    The finished shirt. Desperately in need of a final press, I know. Hey, I only started it in the first place because it’s been such an unpleasantly hot and humid summer… don’t judge me for being reluctant to put the steam iron back on!

    — 4 days ago
    …and the finished buttonhole. Even does a nifty stitch to start and finish, so I can just snip the threads instead of spending ages hiding them! (Well, on a workaday thing like this, at least. I’m still me, after all…)

    …and the finished buttonhole. Even does a nifty stitch to start and finish, so I can just snip the threads instead of spending ages hiding them! (Well, on a workaday thing like this, at least. I’m still me, after all…)

    — 4 days ago

    Only this morning I was waxing lyrical about the joys of automatic buttonhole settings. Look, no hands!

    — 4 days ago
    Plying up some fine singles spun from a lovely warm-grey Jacob fleece. Beautiful stuff, and I’m naturally drawn towards spinning fleece from heritage breeds, but it’s definitely one of those times I wish I had a mentor to guide my learning curve! Admittedly I haven’t woven my results yet, but they feel like they’re going to produce too scratchy a cloth to wear next to the skin? Or is that the real reason linen shifts etc were part of period dress?

    Plying up some fine singles spun from a lovely warm-grey Jacob fleece. Beautiful stuff, and I’m naturally drawn towards spinning fleece from heritage breeds, but it’s definitely one of those times I wish I had a mentor to guide my learning curve! Admittedly I haven’t woven my results yet, but they feel like they’re going to produce too scratchy a cloth to wear next to the skin? Or is that the real reason linen shifts etc were part of period dress?

    — 1 week ago

    …and this magnificent beast is the three metre result of my first full project on my little Cricket rigid heddle loom! Purchased yarn, alas, but from my point of view the success of weaving with singles might occasionally mean a little less plying in my spin-to-weave future!

    — 1 week ago

    After some abortive efforts with a backstrap loom, and utter confusion in the face of tablet weaving (the latter I’ll so be trying again now I’ve got the hand of warp-faced weaves), these bands were my first successful self taught attempts. All woven on an adorable little lap-sized inkle loom I found on Etsy!

    — 1 week ago
    Well aware I’ve been a little quiet on the sewing updates lately! Partly a sudden heatwave prompted a flurry of dull workaday sewing not worth sharing… Mainly, I disappeared down a deeply rewarding crafting rabbithole in the form of teaching myself drop spinning and weaving. 

The above, neatly wrapped in sandwich bags, is some of the spinning produced so far. Might pick out some personal faves to share at some point…

    Well aware I’ve been a little quiet on the sewing updates lately! Partly a sudden heatwave prompted a flurry of dull workaday sewing not worth sharing… Mainly, I disappeared down a deeply rewarding crafting rabbithole in the form of teaching myself drop spinning and weaving.

    The above, neatly wrapped in sandwich bags, is some of the spinning produced so far. Might pick out some personal faves to share at some point…

    — 1 week ago