I've finished another set of sample weavings for my pile weaving techniques series. This post is about two ways of making the Ghiordes Knot – a sideways version and a continuous version over a gauge. First I'll talk about the sideways Ghiordes knot which is also called Lark's Head or Cow Hitch. It wraps around one warp string instead of two like the regular and upside-down Ghiordes Knot. I like this one, it feels easy to do for me, at least when the ends point to the right. I sometimes forgot a few times how to do it the other way, with the ends pointing to the left. You have to hold the yarn differently and it feels weird as a right handed person. It makes for a nice effect though, with the yarn turning and laying to the side.
I used a thin acrylic yarn for the base weaving. For the pile on the left side, I used a bright blue chunky acrylic yarn. The right side is a purple metallic looking yarn made of nylon, acrylic, and wool. The difference between the way the two yarns fall after making the knots is interesting – the metallic yarn is thin and lays more flat but also points more to the side. The thicker yarn sticks out further of course but also looks closer to a regular Ghiordes knot, meaning it looks more like it's laying straight down. You can still somewhat see it is curving to the left but the effect is not as clear as on the yarn on the right.
The second type I did is a continuous Ghiordes knot over a gauge. I had never used a gauge before; in fact, I didn't know what a gauge was. I figured it out based on the diagram – the loops are wrapped around the gauge to keep them a uniform length. This version is done with one long piece of yarn. You can cut the loops afterward, or you can keep them in loops.
My first thoughts about this style of knot was that it felt strange and, while I understood what to do from looking at the diagram, I felt it was difficult to get the needle around the gauge without getting it tangled in the yarn from the previously-made loops. I also was afraid afterward that it might come undone. I pulled on it from different parts of the yarn and it didn't come undone and felt fairly tight so it's likely I am just worrying for nothing.
I also noticed there were visible gaps in between the knots that the next base weaving line does not fill in. It looks fine later on but it might look even better if I did the knot pattern on the opposite warps on the next line to help fill in the empty areas.
I ended up really enjoying watching my video of me doing the continuous version. I know I worry too much about not doing things well enough, in all areas of my life including my crafting, but watching it makes me think maybe I have it down better than I thought I did. I will definitely use these techniques again in future weavings.
I made separate videos for these two types. You can watch the videos below:
I put up a new weaving just now. This is a brown, cream, and gold weaving.
I made it on a loom I made out of an old canvas (I didn't really make it, it was just a canvas with a hole in it so I tore off the canvas part and used the frame.)
I also recently tried to make the tiniest weaving I could make. I found another old canvas, this time a mini one with burlap on it. I knew I'd never use it so I removed the burlap and used some embroidery thread as warp. I had a hard time with it, haha. But I managed to make one very small weaving on it.
I've been streaming for about one week now (I did my first stream on March 31. I did my first weaving stream on April 1.) I really enjoy it but I thought I'd record some thoughts on the process and the experience.
Getting everything set up was pretty easy. I use Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) and it has worked with almost no problems. I was unable to get it to capture the video from one game but otherwise, I've had no trouble. For my camera, I use a Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 and it too has been easy to use.
Physically, it has been a tiny bit difficult getting things the way I want them. I'm still not sure about my setup with my large loom.
The first photo is the best lighting, it's in the morning, around 10 am. The middle is alright, though it got darker as I went on during that stream. That was around 7 pm. The right image is the worst lighting, this is at night so past 8 pm. The 8 pm ones don't look terrible but I wish I could get the lighting to look at least a bit better. I might try a different lamp next time.
I'm also unsure about the setup as far as what you can see in the image. It looks to me like there's too much extra, too much wall and background compared to how much of the view is the weaving. I also wish I didn't show up in the image but that's probably just my self esteem talking, hah. It might be nice for the viewer to see (part of) my face sometimes. Plus, I don't think I can keep my face out of view, it's difficult enough as it is. It's difficult because I have to lean in sometimes and even when I'm not leaning in, I get in the view because of how much the camera shows.
I can't just zoom in with the camera's zoom because that decreases the quality of the video. So I'm unsure how to solve this issue. Maybe if I should clean up the far corner, it'll give a cleaner image. I could also keep my yarn and toolbox off screen but that spot behind the loom is convenient for me. I'm not sure but I'll figure it out. Or I could keep it the way it is, I haven't gotten any complaints about these things. These are just my thoughts.
I'm working on a series of mini weavings in monochrome colors. I've done black and red and today I'm working on orange.
I might redo the black one and do it without the lighter gray yarns. I'm not sure it fits with the theme the way it is since it's supposed to be just black.
I still have to put the backs on so I can make them into pins or keychains. I'm not sure which I want to make with these little guys.
I finished another woven dog portrait. This one is of my sister's dog, Max. Here are some photos I took while working on it:
And here it is finished:
I had a lot of fun with this one, as usual. I decided to do Max a little different from his brothers in that I used a photo with his head a little to the side rather than completely straight on. So it's not symmetrical like the other two. I like it this way, maybe better than the other two.
It also wasn't nearly as hard as I was expecting it to be. Max has a lot of colors in his fur on his head but I managed to simplify it enough to get it done. And I'm guessing I'm getting better at making these so it seemed easier. I'm very excited to make more of these. My dad wants one of his face so maybe I'll move on to people next.
My dad asked me to make a weaving of a sunset for him and I finished it today. Here is a gif of my process!
I enjoyed making this one, the shapes are nice. It got too tight at the top but I think it looks good anyway.
I finished the bird ornament and mailed it out. It got to my grandma's sister safe and she has it hanging on her tree. Here is what it ended up looking like:
Also I've put some new items in my shop and on the site here including a wall hanging and three woven pins. It was nice enough outside yesterday that I was able to work on some of the pins in the backyard.
A while back, I made my grandparents an embroidered bird Christmas ornament. This year, my grandma asked me to make another so she can send it to her sister. She wanted a near exact repeat of the one I made before so that's what I'm working on today. I've gotten this far:
I'm altering it a little bit to include an open beak and more detailed feathers. I think this one will be better than the old one.
Today I added two photos of my latest embroidery hoop to my embroidery page - it's one of my dogs, Timmy.
My first try at embroidering him didn't go well, the face was too fat. This was months ago. This time, I tried and again, I made his face to wide! I tried to pull some of it out and fix it but it wasn't working so I just restarted. I think it looks a lot like him now.
Here are some process photos -
Christine, artist and maker