Archive for July, 2009

31
Jul
09

Another poncho made to order

I’m loving more and more doing special orders…. first because they are all customers coming back, and afterwrads because they know what they want…

I worked with cotton and fantasy yarns, and even cotton seems to be more for summer, this in particular gave me all the sensation of being in winter (and also the weather in Paris, but this is another story…)

So if you are fancy a beautiful and original garment you know that you can have your original one… it took me 10 days to have the yarns, knitting it and sell it…

anasousa-trendy poncho

28
Jul
09

Summer crocheted scarves and necklaces

wow, such a difficult mission to sit down in front of the PC in summertime!

but in the other hand I found myself doing lots of accesories in a season I have called of “explosion of creativity”…

looking on my stash I saw a lot of flowers (yes I love them)  and I did these two necklaces… one of them can be used as a headband (I think the other one is more difficult due to the two pom-poms but maybe if you like extravagancies…)

anasousa- crocheted necklaces

Then I also had made these pieces in crochet I wanted to use for  another project, but I thought it was nice to use them as borders for these scarves… and if you see it is the same motif, but they have very different styles.. one of them more romantic and the other one is a very risky one… I didn’t think of please anyone, just to combine colors, and to my surprise people appreciated a lot… and it was on Etsy’s frontpage… oh yeah! 😉

anasousa- scarves

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17
Jul
09

Such a good week!

This week I haven’t written so much and this is a sign that I have worked a lot, it’s true, I did.

This poncho is the last one I have done and I can tell you they are very successful… due this is the only one I have in stock! yes! thanks to a beautiful client who bought it at my Dawanda Shop so now the poncho is travelling to Germany!!

I’m discovering the great experience of designing something and making it in lots of colors… it is never the same and a simple change can be turned into an absolutely different style. I have found this essential to make something more practical in my collections without loosing the “one of a kind” touch.

Ponchomore pictures in my facebook page

This week Eleni, from Mod3rnArt proposed me to publish photos of the space where I create, ok, we can call it studio… but it is such an small one!!! She featured it on her blog, surrounded by great creators all of them part of the Etsy community…

Finally and almost miraculously… I have been three times in the Etsy Frontpage!!! yey! such a warm sensation… so I have open a folder in my Flickr to save them and every time I feel blue I can realize there are people who like my creations 🙂


12
Jul
09

Pampa weaving tutorial Part II

To start weaving we are going to suppose this is our scheme:

esquema

Where each square is formed by four pairs of threads and we can chose how many times to repeat it in order to the design we want (more or less elongated)

The pairs have to be always the same in quantity and take care in the order you put them up and down.

Once we have chosen them we are going to put the stick as a guide and then we are going to make the cross and put the two other sticks.

Now we start to weave!

First we are going to approximate the guide to the first stick and you are going to see there are threads that are over it… here you have to pass another piece (I have another kind of stick but thin) to open the shed, here you pass the threads to weave (I pass them double to have more structure)

Do the same in the back part and be careful because here you can’t see the threads so it is better to help yourself with your hands to feel if there are some threads out of place.

Now we take off the first stick (not the guide one) and do the same process with the other one. Once you have finish you have completed the row.

pampa

You are going to see that at one point you are going to need to tie off the threads and retie them between them (not to the loom) if not the tension is going to be at the maximum and is going to be impossible to weave.

It is very important to control the threads tension because sometimes depending on the material they lost tension and need to be cut and tie to continue

This is it! If you need something else… just ask!

10
Jul
09

A funky poncho

I loved the idea of making a collection of ponchos with different styles for this summer and once I had them finished I realized that it can be a good garment for any season… it depends with what other clothes you combine it…
So this is made in a vivid pink cotton that reminds me a “framboise ice-cream” and I mixed it with other fibers, I think is really trendy… isn’t it?
Poncho

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08
Jul
09

Pampa weaving tutorial part I

Well, this is the first approach to a very difficult tutorial to making pampa weaving.

I hope it clear enough to try if not let me know what you don’t understand to answer especifically…

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This first part is dedicated to the WARP and HEDDLE, and in the next ones we are going to see how to weave it.

Enjoy it!

INTRO

First we are going to choose a design or in how many pairs we are going to work.

If, for example our design is formed by 44 threads (visually) as this is a circular technique we are going to make the warp in pairs; 44 pairs of the thread we have chosen for the base color and 44 pairs in a contrast color (or more than one, divided). Then you can add more threads in the edges to make a frame to this design… and always the last threads have to coincide with the color of the base and weft if not it doesn’t look ok.

THE WARP

The warp is made in « eight » that means, we have to pass the thread: first under the first stick and over the second but always over the two superior parts of the loom to return in the back part and star the second part of the first pair going over the first stick and under the second one but always passing over the two superior of the loom. Once you have completed this procedure you have to repeat it up to complete the number of pairs chosen. Try to have a good concentration in this step. Of course it’s always possible to save some mistakes and for example if you realize you have passed one (or more) pairs in the wrong order you can take the stick off up to the thread and change the order but you would have to make the same with the next ones…

Make first the main color and when you finish pass the others in order… that means one pair in base color one pair in contrasting one.

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Once you have finish warping the next step is going to be passing a thread to form the heddle (lizos), this is going to allow you to cross the threads.

So, we pass another thread (I have made it in a contrast color to see it better) from right to left side and under a group of threads located in the inferior stick. If you have a wide piece it is recommendable to divide it into separate groups to deal better with it.

With our left hand we keep the thread and with the right one, pick up the thread under the warp to join the ones in the left hand. This process has to be done in perfect order so make sure you are choosing the right one (one base color one contrasting one…)

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BEFORE STARTING WEAVING

So, we have everything ready and now, we are going to take off the inferior stick (because we have finished the heddle step that is going to take all the threads safe).

Now we are going to work with three little sticks that are going to guide all our weaving… they have to be long enough to contain the warp. I use natural ones in bamboo and wood, but feel free to use whatever you feel comfortable with.

Then, we take the lizos up and we pass the first stick in the middle part. Now we push the threads in the opposite sense and we put another stick in the middle. This is like the basic step to weave always isn’t it? Well now the pampa weaving have an extra step and this is as simple as choosing the threads that are going to draw… so this process is always made in pairs… and with all the threads crossed. The way to keep the threads in your hands is completely up to you and it is very personal. While choosing the threads you are going to have a pair up, a pair down,  always the same quantity in both sides.

Once you finish this step you are going to put the third little stick to maintain this order and then we can start weaving.

This stick is the most important and determines the drawing but is never taking apart.

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03
Jul
09

Pochette III

Inspired by the colors of the buckles I have this is the result of the second pochette…there is one red left… I’ll see what materials I have to combine… I’m really enjoying doing these bags…..! It was very challenging at first, but now I can play a lot with rests of threads and it is great to see how simple can be recycling materials and achieving a piece to wear like this one…

verano




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