Christmas Colours Inspired Mug Rugs

Add a touch of Christmas cheer this year with a set of mug rugs. For this set I warped my Rigid Heddle Loom and a 12.5 dent reed with 68 warp ends with a 4/2 cotton. Makes great Christmas gifts for those you care about or want to thank. You could make each one a different colour for a family like I have so each member has a one of a kind mug rug to enjoy.

To achieve a wider mug rug for large mugs I chose to do a warp that is wider than the length of the final mug rug. I warped a length of approximately 55 inches. I made 4 mug rugs 5 inches long (they are approximately 6.5 “ wide) making sure I had at least 5 inches in between each mug rugs for the fringe. I chose 2 base colours which included a dark gray and a light gray. Below are some of my pattern notes. Side note, this was my first time weaving with cotton. The yarn I used is Maurice Brassard 4/8 cotton.

Warp: Starting with *dark gray warp 4 ends, light gray warp 4 ends*, repeat * to * across for 68 warp ends total. You could make it less than 68 warp ends so you end up with a smaller mug rug, but I wanted wider ones.

Weaving the weft: Each mug rug started with 6 weft picks of either the light or dark gray. For the remainder of the mug rugs I chose a colour (green, red or gray) and alternated every 2 gray weft picks with 2 colour weft picks, repeat these 4 rows for 42 picks ending with a colour stripe, 6 picks of the gray you began with to finish. Three of the mug rugs were woven this way.

The first mug rug in the group of 4 photo’s above is made with 4 colours (light gray, dark gray, red and green). This is what I did for that one:

Weft 6 picks in light gray, 2 picks in red, 2 gray, 2 red, 2 gray, 2 red, 2 green, 2 red, *2 gray, 2 red*, repeat * to * 3 more times, 2 green, 2 red, 2 gray, 2 red, 2 gray, 2 red, 6 gray. This is a bit short than the others to make the stripes even with the added colour.

You could use a frame loom to make them as well. You would need to make one at a time.

Off to make some mini placemats with a Christmas essence and plaid.

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Weaving a Clasped Weft Scarf

The other week I decided I wanted to learn clasped weft weaving. With 3 colours in hand I decided to warp the dark purple and use the 2 lighter colours on the weft. One is hand painted Colour way of light purple, blue and hint of mauve pink and the other a tonal hand painted merino wool in the mauve pink colour. I love using merino wool it is so soft and lovely to wear.

The great part about clasped weft weaving is your free to decide on each row how far to move each colour. You can do so many things with this pattern. Check out the various YouTube videos online for great demonstrations on how to do this weaving technique.

Clasped weft weaving is something I want to explore further in the future. Maybe some mug rugs will be next.

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Weaving a spaced warp scarf with stripes

Weaving a space warped scarf this time with stripes of gray. I enjoyed weaving my first space warped scarf I chatted about in previous blog and wanted to try another only a bit longer and with a darker warp and lighter weft.

For this scarf I used sock weight yarn in a beautiful natural colour on the weft and a medium gray on the warp. On a whim I decided to add some stripes. At the bottom. I did the stripes double stranded and left the ends to weave in later at the back to avoid overlap of gray.

The spaced warp style of weaving gives a beautiful soft texture to the design and I love how the gray shows under the lighter natural colour. I am planning on making a table runner with this pattern soon. Try it yourself. It is truly enjoyable to weave.

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Weaving a space warped scarf

The space warped scarf was a style I recently finished on my Rigid Heddle Loom. I love this style as it has a modern contemporary feel to the design. I used two different yarns from SweetGeorgia Yarns. The warp was done with a Cashluxe Spark yarn in a beautiful hand painted colour way of gray, beige, brown and ivory and has a lovely sparkle in the yarn. I love using Cashluxe Spark on my warp as it adds this beautiful sheen to the scarf when the light hits it adding to the design. Unfortunately you can no longer buy this colour. The weft is done in charcoal Tough Love Sock yarn. You can see there yarn at: www.sweetgeorgiayarns.com

I really enjoyed making this scarf and love the added texture the space warps make. I put 4 spaced warps in between each set of warp yarns as shown below on a 10 dent reed. I like this size of reed on my Rigid Heddle loom with the sock weight yarn as it gives the scarf a nice soft flexibility. I have also used a 12 dent reed and like it as well, but the scarf is more firmly woven but likely warmer.

Weaving a space warped scarf was on my list of “to do”. I love the modern essence of this scarf with the beautiful texture that evolves from leaving spaces on the warp. I enjoyed the simplicity and calming ease of plain weave with the added bonus of this lovely textured outcome.

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at:

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Weaving some Fall Mug Rugs

With Fall just ending in my neck of the woods as we have already had several dustings of snow I wanted to share one of my recent weaving projects with the essence and colours of the autumn season. These are a set of 4 mug rugs I made with my loom perfect for making mug rugs. I like to make seasonal sets for my family so we can each enjoy the beautiful colours and patterns I have woven.

For this Fall set I chose SweetGeorgia Yarns Party of Five mini skeins in the Harvest colour way to add that special autumn colour to each piece. Each mug rug is done in different stripe combinations to add interest. I love making mug rugs for those I love. It is a very soothing and relaxing way to use your yarn bits and left overs or buy a set of mini skeins and off you go to create your own special mug rugs for those you care about or want to thank.

I hope you are inspired to learn something new today. I starting learning to weave a year ago and I have to say I am so addicted to this new adventure with fibre. I will continue to post more of my designs and weaving journey here so come along for the ride and follow my blog. Who knows where it will take you! Happy fibertastic day!

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Inspired by our Heritage

Eastern European
Eastern European

Inspired by your heritage is something that can be exhilarating to do and of great importance in ones life.  Who you are is greatly influenced by your family’s history and background on various levels.  I recently spent a fantastic afternoon at the Local Heritage Festival.  I highly suggest you take a visit to your local festival of similar type.  The air was filled with wonderful aroma’s of all kinds of delicious foods.  One of the tents we just had to stop by was the Ukrainian and Romanian venues.  My family just had to  have their fill of pyrogies!  And were very satisfied with their choice.

I was pleasantly surprise how much I was inspired by this day at the festival.  It was a wealth of beautiful items and traditions to excite my artistic goals.  Everywhere you looked there was something else to dance in your mind of all the things you could make with that inspiration.  This first picture is of the Romanian tent with hand painted eggs and other wonderful items.  I especially loved the vest in black and white.  Just stunning.

Ukrainian Hand Painted Eggs
Ukrainian Hand Painted Eggs

These incredible Ukrainian Hand Painted Eggs were so beautiful and detailed.  Just look at the amazing colours and designs on each one.  This inspires me to do some intarsia and fairisle knitting, something I haven’t done in years.  These two techniques used to be such a big part of my designs.  Perhaps I need to knit a Ukrainian Easter Egg!  Hmmmm.

You could spend a whole day at the Heritage Festival in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and constantly be inspired.  All the different foods and artifacts to view and enjoy makes it one of my new favourite things to do in the summer.  Edmonton happens to be call the Festival City as it has so many different festivals each year.

One of the things I loved the most was all the different fiber related history and items I found. Below is a collection of stunning works and such that I enjoyed looking at.  You realize that fiber arts have been around forever and to be a part of it in the present is a true honour.  The history of fiber arts is amazing as a necessity as well as an art form.  Take some time to look into the past for inspiration and make something new from it for the future!

There were so many Countries to visit and many pictures later I felt like I had taken a trip around the world in one afternoon.  It was amazing!

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