On the Loom

Sometimes, life gets a little too busy. When this happens, I like to take a step back and look at what I have been working on. Often I am so focused on what is happening right in front of me that I forget all of the work I have done. So today I’m going to share some of the work I have been making, designing, and sending out to the world. If you follow my Instagram account (@comfortcloth) you can also see some other behind the scenes footage of my work on the loom. In the spring I had been Continue Reading…

Chunky Yarn Obsession

Back in 2015, I did a yarn review on the Rios line of yarn for Malabrigo, you can check out the video here. What I did not mention is that Malabrigo has an incredible selection of all different sizes and colors. I became mildly obsessed with their Rasta yarn. The description from the Malabrigo website describes the yarn as “a lightly-fulled single-ply yarn of magnum proportions!” And they were not kidding. This yarn is crazy squishy, beautiful, and very bold. I decided that it would best be used in some chunky throws. I was only going to do a few, Continue Reading…

Projects Designed to Learn Your Loom

My previous post I updated everyone on what I was accomplishing during my time of silence. I briefly touched on my latest project off of my new AVL loom. Today, I wanted to explain a little bit more in-depth in regards to the type of project that I made and why I decided on this particular project. One of my primary products to weave are blankets. On my Kyra loom I was able to produce throw sized blankets (48″ x 72″) without having to create panels or utilize a double weave. I also primarily use wool as my fiber medium. Continue Reading…

The Design Process

Before the holiday break I wrote a post about developing ideas for weaving. Today I would like to talk about taking those ideas and translating them into actual draft designs. I let the term “geological nomad” settle with me for a while. I then began to play in my software with some different color combinations and different weave structures. I have become infatuated with deflected double weave. The idea of using floats to create one pattern and the color to create another. Someone who was a huge influence for me into getting interested with this structure was Margo Selby. She Continue Reading…

Mistakes Leading to Bright Ideas

My blankets are woven and being washed. Because of their size and my limitations in space, I have to wash the blankets one at a time in my bathtub and hang it over the shower curtain rod. To eliminate having a completed flooded bathroom floor from the dripping water I first roll the blankets in a towel to soak up the excess water. The first two blankets I washed in this manner worked out well. Although the blankets did shrink up more then I had expected, they are still beautiful. The third blanket I picked up from the tub and Continue Reading…

How to Plan a Project: Sett Samples

Once upon a time I had a professor at college who pushed making samples so much that it drove me up the wall. I developed a diversion to producing samples for anything and just jumping right in and solving issues in the final project as I worked. Now that I have had time to work on my own without supervised direction I have realized the importance of samples. Samples were especially helpful with this current project that I am working on. The series of blankets that are on my large loom were sett correctly for the size of yarn. The Continue Reading…

Sticky Warp

Remember, after New Years I made the resolution to weave blankets at some point this year? Well it is finally happening and the warp is on the loom and ready to roll! It took me about two days to thread all 960 ends into the heddles, another couple of days to wind on all thirteen and a half yards and almost an entire afternoon tying on to the front beam. I went to start weaving the heading and boom- no shed. At first I thought that it was just the fluke of winding on- sometimes when I work with wool Continue Reading…