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Stormy Diamonds

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November 13 2013
November 18 2013
Project info
Stormy Diamonds
Momframer1 notes
Diamond twill
Tools and equipment
Ashford 24 In Rigid Heddle Loom
761 yards
Knit Picks Stroll Tonal
69 yards in stash
0.8 skeins = 369.6 yards (338.0 meters), 80 grams
magic and moonshine handkerchief trick
98 yards in stash
0.8 skeins = 392.0 yards (358.4 meters), 80 grams

I separated the gorgeous skein of Handkerchief Trick into the 10 shades of blue that came out of it. Using Excel to map out the draft into color blocks, I worked out a color repetition scheme of 9, 3, 9 across. Each diamond is centered over the group of 3 threads, so this warp pattern yields diamonds that span three shades of blue each. This ended up being a fairly helpful strategy to work out the warping as I knew that each repeat had to be centered around the middle thread of the 3 strands of blue. Knowing where all the centers should be made it easier to keep track of each pattern repeat. I’ve attached the Excel image I worked out as I think it might be more helpful explanation of what I tried to do- though note that I ended up using a white weft rather than a brown weft.

Here is a link to some information on the diamond twill patterning that I really wish I’d read before warping. It would have saved me a lot of hassle from incorrectly direct warping the loom. Keep in mind that it end up being 1.5 x dpi of the heddle you use. I used a 10-dent heddle, so had 15 ends per inch.

Overall, I loved weaving this! It was incredibly satisfying to watch the diamonds emerge so it seemed to weave up very quickly. The next time I use this draft, though, I will use floating selvedges. My edges came out a little wonky.

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November 13 2013
November 18 2013
About this yarn
by Knit Picks
75% Merino, 25% Nylon
462 yards / 100 grams
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About this yarn
by magic and moonshine
Light Fingering
100% Merino
490 yards / 100 grams
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40 projects

stashed 80 times

  • Project created: November 16, 2013
  • Finished: November 19, 2013
  • Updated: November 24, 2013
  • Progress updates: 2 updates