February 9, 2009

Shaped Weaving

Posted in All things crafty and scholarly at 10:43 am by charsfabrications

My half scale weaving was finished and handed in last week. It’s on display upstairs in the Human Ecology building along with all of the other weavings created for the class. dsc005352

100% cotton yarn, 100% polyester fabric

My piece is titled “Oceanic Cinderella,” inspired by Disney’s Cinderella dancing on the beach with her prince. The weaving process was not too difficult. I decided to use fabric for my weft because I had the perftct Cinderella blue fabric and so I would be done faster. It worked out well because the edges of the fabric frayed and look a little dismantled which goes along with the fringed bottom edge. I should also add that I did not iron the fabric before I cut the strips for weaving or after it was finished. I thought it would add to the disheveled-ness of it, but after seeing the photos I wish I would have ironed it.

The dress consists of two triangles for the bust, two rectangles for the skirt, and one large triangle for the back of the skirt. Braids make up the halter ties and the back skirt decoration. 




My avant garde project is barely started and I should get going on it… last class a three out of the five sergers were not working and I could not fix them… it set me back a bit so the next few classes i will have to work harder to get everything done on time. 

Anyway, my piece is inspired by H&M’s summer 2009 collection, which can be seen here: http://www.fashiontrendsetter.com/content/style_notes/2009/Variety-in-Fashion-at-HM-This-Season.html

The last textile science lab required that the unknown samples be tested for specific gravity and absorbency/moisture regain. Those tests pointed out my fabric could be lyocell or rayon, which are synthetic. I’m happy it matched up with my last tests. : )


January 29, 2009

Class Update

Posted in All things crafty and scholarly at 1:06 am by charsfabrications

My woven outfit for a half scale dressform is done, but I’m waiting for good daylight sun to take photos. The next project is an avant garde piece. We have to use at least 10 yards of fabric. Ten yards. The fabric has to be used. As in from used clothing, but all the seams and closures have to be dismantled. I have no idea what I’m going to do but I have to have sketches ready for next class.

Fashion Illustration has been boring so far. We just copy the drawings the professor draws on the chalkboard. I have to say though, my drawings have been getting better. After next week, we start doing things on our own. Some of the supplies we had to buy include watercolors, watercolor pencils, and soft pastels. I haven’t used any of these to a great extent so I hope to learn a lot. : ) 

Textile Science is really cool. We each got a yard and a half of a mystery fabric and over the course of the semester we have to determine what it is made out of! This definitely floats my boat as a fiber fiend. Last class we learned about cellulose fibers and their characteristics. Next class we will conduct burn tests on out mystery fabric and other known fabrics. The labs get more precise as we go along. I’m pretty sure my fabric is synthetic because the selvage edges are slightly melted together. I’m not positive though.

That’s all for now! : )

The Boy’s Christmas Present

Posted in All things crafty and scholarly at 12:17 am by charsfabrications

dsc004193Here’s the hat I knitted for my boyfriend for Christmas. It’s handspun wool, though I’m not sure where the pretty grey wool came from.



The pattern is here: http://typyp.ajatukseni.net/2008/11/12/jacques-cousteau-hat/

I made a few changes to the pattern so the top wouldn’t be so pointy. When I got to the last 30 stitches or so, I decreased on every row instead of adding plain ribbing rows. It turned out better this way, but it was still too long. I ended up slightly felting the hat. He says it’s now warmer, which is a definite plus. Overall I was very happy with how it came out and he even wears it, so it’s definite success.

January 22, 2009

Wall Hanging is Finished

Posted in All things crafty and scholarly tagged , , , at 12:48 am by charsfabrications

Here it is in progress with another inch and a half to go:

pict1305After about two and a half hours of weaving by hand, I finished my “wall hanging.” I think I will use as a pot holder instead because it’s made of all natural fibers so it won’t melt. All of the yarn is Lamb’s Pride Bulky except for the middle section which is handspun. A woman in my guild passed away around the time I joined, whom I met once but did not know personally. Those who knew her speak of her fondly. She had a house full of fiber and several animals, and most of the fibrous items (yarn, roving, fleece from her animals, some equipment, etc.) were generously donated to our guild, which we auctioned off within the guild. This way everyone got their fair share of the goodies they wanted and the guild made a small profit. I bought some red wool with a very small amount of blue-ish strands of fiber in it. I think it might be mohair, but I will call it the mystery fiber anyway. I can’t be sure. 

pict1311I will try to get another photo of the final product, and one that shows the handspun better. I think I need a better camera to take better photos that I’m proud of. I’m sorry these are all blurry.

January 19, 2009

The beginning of a new semester

Posted in All things crafty and scholarly at 2:22 am by charsfabrications

The semester has started and I already have fascinating work to do! As a fashion design major, I get a lot of hands on work in my classes. For Wearable Art, we have started shaped weaving. The first piece will be a wall hanging, next will be a half of a bodice front, but half scale. I have a feeling the class will be one of my favorites so far. Art to put on the body!


Here is the makeshift loom made with cardboard and 3/4″ 18 gauge nails. The warp is black Lambs Pride Bulky. My nails, on the left and right of the cardboard in the photo, are not quite even. I’m not sure how much this will affect the final product, but I will ask my professor before we begin weaving next class.