March 30, 2007

Crni i naranzasti svijet/Black and orange world

Ovako je tkalacki stan izgledao jucer popodne. Nasnovala sam oko 2 metra dugu osnovu od pamucnog konca Matko (Unitas), i odlucila napraviti crno bijelu kombinaciju sirine 50+ cm u keperovom vezu. Prvi metar sam zavrsila jos jucer popodne, i zapocela drugi metar u razlicitoj mustri. Prva polovica je narandzasta a druga crna.
This is how the weaving loom looked yesterday afternoon. I warped it with 2 meter long and a little over 1/2 meter wide warp with cotton thread named Matko from Croatian company Unitas and decided to make two pieces. The first, black and white piece I finished last night, and started the second meter in a different pattern, at first in orange then black.



Upravo sam sve skinula sa tkalackog stana i ovako izgledaju gotovi radovi - crno/bijeli i narandzasto/crni. Vrlo je mekano pod rukom, i super izgleda. Lijepo za prostirku za stol, ali bi bio dobar i kao ljetni stof.
I have just taken my weaving from the loom, and this is how the final works look like - black/white and orange/black combination. It is very soft on touch, and it looks great. Will make a nice table cloth, although it could be a nice fabric as well.


Jutros sam rijesila problem kolovrata, i dobila za probu bunny bag - vrecicu bijelog predivnog angora runa. No, na tu temu cemo preko vikenda. Sutra ce kisa, pa ce biti predenja i tkanja. Plan je napraviti ledja za novu, laganiju jaknu, i vjerojatno zapoceti novi komad u jednom od vezova za koje slabo tko vjeruje da je moguce napraviti na tkalackom stanu.
The spinning wheel is working again! I have also got a "Bunny Bag" from Christine. Bag full of wonderful white and fluffy angora fibre, fresh from two angora bunnies. But, more about that over the weekend. It should be raining tomorrow, and I plan to spin and weave. The plan is to make the back part for the new and light wool jacket, and probably start a new pieces in one of the patterns which few people believe are possible to weave on the loom.

March 27, 2007

Gotove niti........./Finished yarns






Ima vec nekoliko dana da sam ovo isprela, ali kasnim sa slikama. Evo slicica gotovog prediva - alpaka, svila, ovcja vuna mijesana sa svilom. Imam pauzu, jer cekam mali plasticni dio za kolovrat koji se nakon dvije godine predenja prvi puta potrgao. U medjuvremenu, tkam.
It has been a couple of days since I finished these yarns, but am a bit late with photos. Here are the pictures of the finished yarns - alpaca, silk, wool and a mixture wool+silk. I am having a break from spinning at the moment while waiting for a small spare part (nylon cord) for the spinning wheel. It broke for the first time after over two years of spinning and am waiting for replacement. In the meantime, I am weaving.

March 12, 2007

Moj kolovrat / My spinning wheel

Evo me. Predem. Zapravo, moram se ispricati jer su posljednja dva teksta iz nekog razloga spremljeni nize na blogu, pa prolistajte prema dolje i pronaci cete ih.
Mijesam one prekrasne proljetne vunice jedne s drugima, pa malo sa svilom, ili predem cistu svilu. Prije nego sto poslikam slike gotovih stvari, evo nekoliko slicica mog kolovrata da vidite na cemu sve to proizvodim. Kolovrat je stigao u kutiji, svi dijelovi lijepo zamotani. Trebalo je nesto vremena, no bez veceg sam ga problema sama sastavila i odonda - predem.
Here I am. Spinning. Actually, my apologies since the last two posts on the blog have (for some strange reason) been saved lower down on this page, so please scroll and you will find them.
I am mixing those lovely spring coloured wool fibres with each others, then a bit with the silk, and am also spinning the silk pure. Before I get to photograph everything I made, here are a couple of photos of my spinning wheel so you can see where am I making it. The spinning wheel arrived in a box, all the parts nicely wrapped. It took a little time to figure it out, but I have managed to put it together with major effort, and since them I am - spinning.




Proljetno prelo /// Spring spinning





Dakle, treca sreca. Vec sam dva puta pobrisala sta sam napisala, pa mozda ovaj puta budem sretnije ruke. Grrrrrrrrrr.........
Danas sam nabavila skoro dva kilograma novog posla. Nisam vec dosta dugo nista prela, i kako u zadnje vrijeme ne mogu naci zanimljive vune, a kolovrat spava, odlucila sam se pripremiti za proljetno prelo. Doma je stiglo:
- 700 grama runa u proljetnim bojama
- 1 kg svilene predje dudovog svilca
Plan je nesto svile zamijesati sa ovih 700g runa ali i sa alpaka runom koje je pripremljeno, ocisceno i iscesljano ceka da se odlucim presti, a ostatak ispresti u cistu svilenu nit, vjerojatno vrlo tanko i duplo.

So, third time, lucky time. I have twice managed to delete everything I wrote for today's blog, so hopefully I am luckier now. Grrrrrrrr........
Earlier today, I got supplied with almost two kilograms of new work. Since I have not been spinning anything lately, and as I cannot find any exciting yarn lately, and since the spinning wheel had a long winter sleep, I have decided to get ready for the spring spinning projects. I have got:
- 700 gram of rovings in spring colours
- 1 kg mulberry silk rovings
The plan is to mix some of the silk with the wool (the 700g but also the alpaca wool that has been carded and is waiting to be spun), while the rest I will spin into the silk thread, probably very thin and then doubled.

March 09, 2007

Kako je sve pocelo? / How did it all start?



Dakle, kako je sve pocelo?
Moj ulaz u svijet predenja i tkanja desio se posve neplanirano.
Jednog sivog, zimskog dana 2003. godine u posjetu maloj alpaka farmi usred Austrije, u uglu hodnika vlasnice pogled mi je pao na nov, novcati, niti jednom korišten kolovrat, koji je usamljen stajao u kutu hodnika. Iako je gospođa imala nekoliko vreća prekrasnog runa svojih 8 alpaka, do tog si dana nije uzela vremena naučiti presti, čemu se ja nisam mogla načuditi. Proslo je nekoliko mjeseci, i jedno ljetno popodne, dosadjujuci se lutajuci internetom sjetim se usamljenog kolovrata, imena proizvođača, provjerim na internetu i isti tren ispunim formular da hocu vise informacija. Drugi dan predvecer, zvoni telefon, javlja se distributerka, i pita me da sta me zanima. Wow......nisam imala pojma sta da kazem, pa na brzinu smislim: „zanima me sve“ i ispricam joj pricu o usamljenom kolovratu koji me zapravo potaknuo da se javim. Nakon par dana vec sam sjedila na tecaju, a ubrzo se kolovrat i prva tri kilograma ovcjeg runa uselio u dnevnu sobu. E... kad bi to bio kraj, ali na tecaju sam ja vidjela i tkalacke stanove, i tu je odmah pao dogovor da na jesen dodjem natrag na tecaj tkanja nakon kojeg se u dnevnu sobu doselio i mali tkalacki stan, koji je tokom vremena dobio i prijatelja u velikom tkalackom stanu.
To je ukratko prica o pocetku. Nastavci price slijede u blogu.


How did it all start?
My entrance in the spinning and weaving world happened – totally unplanned.
One grey winter day in 2003. while visiting an alpaca farm in Austria, in an upstairs corridor, I spotted the brand and very new, not-once-used spinning wheel, standing lonely in the corner. Although the lady had a storage full of wonderful alpaca fiber from her 8 animals, she had taken no time to learn spinning. I could simply not believe it. A couple of months later, sitting bored in front of the computer, the lonely spinning wheel came to my mind. I remembered the producer's name, checked for the link, immediately filled out the form asking for more information. Next evening, the phone rings, and the distributor of the company is on the phone, asking what would I be interested in. Wow.... I could not believe my ears, and totally shocked answered: „EVERYTHING“, and explained her the story of the lady and a lonely spinning wheel which made me ask for the information.
Few days later, I was sitting in her flat attending the course, some weeks later the Ashford Traditional Spinning Wheel together with 3kg of fleece has moved into our living room. Well..... that is not the end, since during the course, I was introduced to the weaving looms, and the agreement was that in case I am interested, I return for a weaving course after the summer vacation time is over. Should I mention that I could hardly wait for that course. I came home from the course with the rigid heddle loom which I happilly am using even today. In the meantime, the wheel and the loom found a new friend in the 8-shaft loom. The living room has turned into a weaving room.
This was the story about the beginnings, while you are welcome to follow the rest of it in this blog.

March 08, 2007

Lažne preslice/Fake distaffs

Upravo sam procitala zanimljivu pricicu iz clanka Slobodne Dalmacije o otvorenju izlozbe "Odraz Rimljanke" splitskog arheoloskog muzeja.

"Lažne preslice"
Tkanjem i predenjem nisu se bavile samo sluškinje nego i ugledne članice društva, ili su bar voljele biti ovjekovječene s preslicom u ruci, što je upućivalo na njihov status matrone, na vrlu i radišnu kućanicu. I preslice su nađene u ženskim grobovima, ali mnoge od njih imaju simbolično značenje, izrađene su od jantara ili stakla i na njima se nikada ne bi mogla ispresti nit.


I have just read an interesting story about the reflections and lives of Roman women related to spinning. The article covers exhibition in Split Archeological Museum (taken from Slobodna Dalmacija - the article is Croatian)
"The fake distaff's"
Weaving and spinning was not only done by servants but also the respected society members, or, they just wanted to be remembered with the distaff in their hand, which showed their "matrona" status, very good and busy housewife. The distaffs were found in female graves, but most of them had a symbolic meaning, they were made of amber or glass, and you could never spin a yarn on them.

March 06, 2007

Svilena torba/Silk bag





Jucer popodne sam slucajno u vunenom skladistu pronasla svilu koju sam lani tjednima prela. Kilogram svilene predje je trajao tako dugo, da sam na kraju pocela presti i debelu nit samo da zavrsim. Iako sam vec otkala dosta toga, jos uvijek su u kutiji ostale 3-4 kuglice tanke predje. A kako je zadnjih nekoliko tkanja bilo sivo/crnih kombinacija, odlucila sam da je s ovim lijepim vremenom, vrijeme napraviti nesto svijetlo, elegantno i interesantno.
Zapocela sam 25cm siroku, i 190cm dugacku osnovu od lijepog pamuka boje koze, vrlo slican svilenoj niti boje sampanjca. E, a onda sam pronasla i vrecicu sa ostacima svileno/pamucne kombinacije ostataka od jednog od zadnjih sivanja, razrezala to u trake, i odlucila upletati u tkanje. Odlucila se za dosta kompliciranu i sporu mustru, i dala se na posao. Umjesto sala, nakon nekih pola metra dosjetih se da ne moram raditi punih 190 cm duzine, nego da si skratim put, prerezem i od napravljenog tkanja slozim torbicu. Slike u prilogu, sad preostaje samo izmisliti ruckicu (vjerojatno ce ju trebati heklati), spojiti krajeve, i svilena torba je spremna za put. Ostatak osnove cu vjerojatno iskoristiti za igranje sa raznim uzorcima i bojama, a tko zna.......moze se desiti i druga torbica. Ali, to sutra ili preksutra. Idem usisavati.
By pure chance, I have found some balls of silk in my wool storage that took me weeks to spin last year. The kilogram of silk fibre has lasted such a long time, that I finally span much too thick thread just to finish it. Although I made a number of woven items, I was happy to find three of four balls of think silk yarn. And, since the last couple of items were mostly grey/black, I decided that with the nice weather coming, it is the time to make something light, elegant and interesting.
I warped the loom with 25cm wide and 190cm long cotton thread in the skin colour, which was nicely blending with the champagne colour of the silk. Well, looking on I found a small bag with the remains of the silk/cotton fabric from one of the last bits sewn by my tailor. I cut the fabric in few pieces and decided to weave it instead of weft on a few places. Well, I decided on a complicated and slow pattern on 8-shaft loom and started weaving. Instead of scarf, half a meter into the weaving, I shortened my way, and decided to have a small silk bag instead. Photos of the finished work are attached. All that is left is to think of the handle (probably would need to be knitted or crocheted), connect the ends, and the silk bag is ready for the trip. Remaining meter of the warp I plan to use for playing with patterns and colours, and…. Who knows, there could well be another bag coming off the loom. But this, tomorrow or day after. Now I have to hover and clean the flat….

Vuna, vuna, i opet vuna.... / Wool, wool and wool again...


Nema me. Predem. Svila ide prekrasno, proljetna vunica takodjer. Slike slijede cim poslikam. No... na temu vune, evo price. Nedavno sam igrom slucaja, u jednoj od vrecica u kojoj mi je postom stigla alpaka vuna pronasla nesto sto me uzasno razveselilo.
Oko dvadesetak kartoncica sa prekrasnim primjercima vune, jedna ljepsa od druge. I razveselilo i rastuzilo, zato sto je odluka od prije par mjeseci da ne nabavljam novu vunu (naravno osim i ako mi se nesto uzasno dopadne, a to se meni cesto zna desiti), jer je moje vuneno skladiste jos uvijek puno i prepuno.

Pitate se zasto?
Zato sto se svako toliko desi da mama, tete, strine, susjede, poznanice i svi ostali zainteresirani kojima je spomenuto da predem i tkam sjete da su jednom davno i one planirale nesto strikati, heklati, vesti i kreativno raditi, i negdje u nekom zakutanjku mora biti ostataka. I tako, krenu zene pospremati i pronadju po dnu ormara kod svojih kuca, vikendica, u kutijama od sivace masine, i gdje god drugdje je ostalo kakvo klupko koje je, i prije nekoliko desetljeca, bilo planirano da postane muzeva vesta, djetetov sal, bakina torba, tetina kapa, prijateljicine slape ili nesto puno zahtjevnije. Sve se to uredno namota, slozi u vrecicu, i stigne meni da kombiniram sta god mogu izmisliti. I tako je moje vuneno skladiste naraslo, ali s vremena na vrijeme odlucim se ja to iskoristiti. Od takvih ostataka je nastao Rudekov rad, ali i kojekakvi detalji u mojim drugim tkanjima.
No..... evo nekoliko slicica potencijalne nove vune sa kartoncica zbog kojih je prica i pocela. Jeste se slucajno prepoznali u prici?
I am not around. Busy spinning. The silk is fabolous, the wool as well. I promise to put the photos of the ready wool and silk yarn, but before that, here is the related story. Recently and by pure chance, in one of the sacks in which the alpaca wool arrived by post, I discovered something that made me joyful (well, you may think it is silly).
It was about twenty cards with wool samples, one nicer than the other. Well, it made me both happy and sad, because of my decision from few months ago not to purchase new wool (of course, except if I see something extremely interesting, which often happens to me), since my wool storage is still full. Actually overfull.
You may ask why?
The reason is that from time to time, my Mom, aunties, neighbours, acquaintances and all other people interested when the mention of my weaving and spinning arrives, realize that once upon a time they all planned to knit, crochet, and do something creative, and somewhere in the forgotten corner there must be some woolly remains. And…. off they go to clean the house and find on the bottom of the wardrobes at home, weekend house, winter house, in the sewing machine box and elsewhere various touched and untouched wool balls which has some decades ago planned to become a husband’s pullover, daughter’s scarf, granny’s bag, auntie’s hat, friend’s slippers, or something even more advanced. All of that get sorted out, put into a bag, and then arrives to me to combine it into my weaving and use it for whatever I can think of.
This is how my wool storage grew, but from time to time, I decide to use it up. Rudi’s carpet came that way, but various other details in my other works. And, finally, here is a couple of photos of the new and interesting wool from my sample cards from the beginning of the story. Have you recognized yourself in the story??

Mala skola tkanja i predenja/Weaving and spinning for kids










Prije nekoliko tjedana imala sam moja dva mala ucenika na praksi.
Kao i obicno, Dario je htio presti vunu, a Rudi tkati. Rudekov plan je bio napraviti tepih, no gotov proizvod je bio prelijep da ga se usudi staviti na pod i po njemu hodati. Rodbinski glas je na kraju odlucio da se rad objesi na zid. Gdje je na kraju zavrsio - ne znam, jer je narednih nekoliko dana tkanje moralo biti pokazano svim susjedima, rodjacima i prijateljima.
A couple of weeks ago, my two advanced pupils asked whether they can come to weave and spin. As usual, Dario wanted to keep on spinning, and Rudi weaving. Rudi’s plan was to weave a carpet, but the final product was much too nice to even dare putting it on the floor and walk over it. The family vote decided to hang the weaving on the wall. Where did it finally end up – I do not know, since the coming few days it has travelled around to be shown to all the neighbours, family and friends.

March 05, 2007

Blog o tkanju i moj vikend projekt....

Evo i mene sa blogom........

Dakle, zahvaljujuci Jani koja me nedavno priupitala zasto ne napravim blog o tkanju, malo potrudila, nesto namucila, i odlucila i sama nauciti i napraviti blog.


Ovaj sam vikend neplanirano napravila ne jednu, ne dvije, nego tri kape.
Sve je pocelo vrlo nevino, e-mailom i malim pitanjem moje prve uciteljice tkanja da sudjelujem sa svojom idejom u razvoju nove knjizice (booklet) za najnoviji i najmanji od tkalackih stanova. Nakon nesto razmisljanja to tome sta da napravim sto drugi nisu (a svi su drugi uglavnom rade sal, pa uzi sal, pa siri sal, pa torbu duzu ili kracu), sjetim se da jos nikad nisam primijetila jednu stvar. Hladno me subotnje jutro me inspiriralo da napravim - kapu.

Izmjerila sam dvije glave, izracunala da je prosjecno oko 60cm dosta bilo muska ili zenska kapa poveselila se da duljina treba biti svega 60cm, u osnovu stavila ostatke vune koju sam lani ili preklani sama prela u boji cokolade i narandzasto, a za potku sam pronasla klupko "kid mohair" vune koje se vec dulje vremena povlacilo po mom vunenom sklonistu, i za nesto manje od dva sata imala istkan komad materijala kojem sam povezala "frandze", a vrh spojila vunenom niti, raspitala se na forumu kako se radi coflek (probni sam napravila, ali ovi pravi koji idu na moje kape jos nisu gotovi).






Thanks to Jana who has recently asked me why don’t I make a weaving blog, I have taken a bit of time, suffered a little learning how do make it and finally prepared it myself.

This past weekend, totally unplanned, I have made not one, not two, but three hats. Everything started innocently, with an email from my first weaving teacher to contribute with my idea in development of a new booklet for the newest and smallest of the weaving looms - "Knitters Loom". After a bit of thinking what to make what the others did not make yet (since everyone makes a scarf, longer scarf, narrow scarf, bag longer or shorter), I realized that I have not seen one thing. Chilly Saturday morning going by bicycle to the bakery inspired my to make a – HAT.
Measured two heads, came up with app. 60cm diameter which should be enough for both a male and a female hat. I warped the loom with the remains of some wool that I span myself last or a year before – chocolate and orange colour. For the weft I found a ball of “Kid Mohair” that is for a longer time sitting around in my wool storage, and in a little less than two hours I was ready with a piece of woven fabric. Connected the fringes, put the top of one side together with the woollen thread, asked on the
weaving forum how to make a pom-pom (which I made but did not attach to the hat yet).