September 2015 – Part 1 of a multi part weaving and sewing saga

In the September NOBO meeting we hosted Sarah Fortin  – who weaves up wonderful fabrics and sews them into lovely jackets and coats.  She brought some of those beautiful jackets and coats with her.  She spoke to us for 2-1/2 hours about weaving fabric to make a jacket, what setts to use, how to wet finish the fabric, different types of seam finishes, etc.

We got to try on her jackets and coats.

We all knew that sometime in the spring we would have a workshop with her in which we would bring our hand-woven fabrics and we would then make them into jackets or coats.

I went home that night with visions of lovely fabrics that I would weave.  A little nervous, wanting something perfect, but not really knowing what I wanted or how I would go about making this fabric.  It was in my mind for weeks. But I didn’t worry much since I knew that the workshop was going to be in the spring and I had months to go before I needed to have woven fabric.

Oh my, the ‘months to go’ block! The ‘take your time’ trap!  We had no set date, but we were thinking of sometime in May for the workshop.  So what started as an 8 month lead time started to dwindle down, until it was the end of April and still no idea what to weave.

The workshop was scheduled for June 11, 12, 13 2016.  It was now the beginning of May and the indecision continued.  What yarn?  What sett?  How much yardage?  So many decisions, maybe too many decisions, and still that feeling that what I did had to be perfect.
PERFECT, you hear!

Worried head

I watched this video (and re-watched it), it helped to spur me on a bit; but I had the feeling I was just waiting for the panic monster to appear, just to see what it was like!


Memorial day weekend was fast approaching and I finally decided what yarn I was going to use.

And, I decided on a herringbone tweed for the weave structure but I was still not sure what to use for the weft.

I was starting to move!


About me

Fiber artist - knit, weave, and quilt. I am also getting back into garment sewing. I have started to dye my own yarn and I'm learning to spin.
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2 Responses to September 2015 – Part 1 of a multi part weaving and sewing saga

  1. moomstex says:

    Love reading about your “fits and starts”! Good luck!

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