Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Leno Lace, Beads & Inkles

I started working on the table runner and finally decided how I was going to incorporate the beads into my leno lace work. I did a generous 4 x 4 leno, which open up some really great space and inserted the beads in between the spaces. I really like the way it looks and the natural wood beads really go with the beachy, sea foam theme on this one.
After the leno beads I did a more conservative leno in 2x2 above it. Since it's a table runner and my SIL loves to put a lot of tchotchkes on her tables, I have to limit the decorating touches to the ends. But I think I may take liberties with the extra warp and do some serious bead enhancements, I'm thinking of doing some squares of tabby and squares of beads, I really do like the effect and it's fun to experiment. I love when I work and get a creative influx of ideas, this time around though I writing and drawing as I go, it makes for slower weaving but I tend to lose the creative thoughts after I finish the actual piece, this way I can keep a record of what my mind is visualizing as I'm working. I don't know if that makes sense to anyone but I'm hoping it will help me concentrate and keep me focused on what I want to do next.

I really enjoy the closeup on the camera, really gives you a good look at what's going on.
Along with the table runner, I started warping my inkle for what I'm calling a baja bag. It's a small bag to carry around a cell, id and some cash and lip balm what more can a girl want? Small, compact and flirty. I started with some black, variegated yellow, royal blue. I have neon pink to add and maybe some purple not sure yet. I'm trying a new technique on my loom since it's not open on one end I always run into a warping issues. I'm warping individual strands tied together, it's slower but the tension seems to be better and the ends are really tidy, which I like.


Acorn to Oak said...

That's really cool how you were able to make spaces for the beads. I like it!

Theresa said...

I LOVE IT! It looks so nice and how perfect are those wood beads.
Can hardly wait to see what you do with the inkle warp!

Peg in South Carolina said...

The writing and drawing while you are weaving makes perfect sense to me. Like you, if I don't do it then, it's gone. And when I'm done with a piece, it is history and no longer a source of inspiration or ideas. I also like your leno and beads. Very neat!

Delighted Hands said...

Love the addition of beads...when I don't write it down, thinking I will remember, I always regret it-good move!

bspinner said...

The beads are a great idea!!

I can't wait to see your little inkle bags.

Donna S. said...

Love the wood beads on that. Would love to see more inkle stuff! Just got one & am doing some shoelaces for the first time.