Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Needleweaving Re-visited!

The Elegant Squaw Comes to Life!
Now that Lesson 7 part 2 for Jonathon Pilgrim is out of my hair, 
I have finally been able to get down to some
serious stitching on the Squaw.
Isn't she starting to look so pretty?!
Of course her Cornucopia is needlewoven!  How could I not?!
However, The finished Woven Cornucopia above is the second one I wove!
The first time through, I made a few mistakes.  Although it 
looked pretty good, there were a few critical problems...
Let's walk through it:
On the left is the wire frame and warp far, so good!
To the right, needleweaving has started.  Notice the yellow ochre anchoring thread, which supports the wire frame and keeps it from collapsing down onto the canvas.
Below is the first finished basket.  
Looks pretty good, right? 
 Here is the problem...It was late at night and I was so hyper-focused 
on the weaving that I forgot to use the padding to shape the basket
prior to weaving.  Consequently, I used very tight tension on my weft 
weaving threads.  It made for very neat weaving.
The problem was there was no distance between the weaving 
and the canvas.  Then, when I cut the anchoring wire, 
the tension was so tight, that the wire flattened right 
back against the canvas. 
I un-wove the weft and started over!
(Ever thrifty, I wanted to conserve the warp threads, if possible!)  

On the left, this photo is back to the warp stage. The difference 
is the padding which provides shape to the basket.   
The padding will be removed after weaving.  The great
thing with the padding is that it really helps you keep your
tension accurate to allow the proper space between the
basket and the canvas! 
On the right, the second time I used 3 different anchoring 
threads to keep the wire in place, and support the structure. 
Below, close-up of the final basket!
It has lovely shape and lift from the canvas. 
The other part of the canvas which I am very excited about is the
fringe and beading at the hem of the dress:

When I stitched the fringe and added the silver
beading needed something...a bit more
weight?  But what?
I tried the over-dyed green magnifica beads...
and wa-lah!
 The perfect touch!


  1. I had no idea padding was important in forming any woven piece. I just assumed the padding was there to keep the shape after it was made--not that it was needed while you were weaving! Thanks for the explanation, Kelly. Very very interesting....

  2. Wow!! She looks fantastic and the weaving is beautiful. I am way behind on mine but am enjoying it all. This is a great stitching experience.

    Sue VanderNoor

  3. I just love the way that you do this and have been itching for a way to incorporat this into some of my work.... its simply wonderful...

    annette rayner

  4. She's gorgeous Kelly. I am soooo behind though; still working on Rebbekah. But I'll get there. Eventually. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by your stitching but oncee they're in place I fully understand why you did it and it does make a huge difference