Last summer, I bought a huge cone of variegated red shaded mohair at one of our fave thrift shops.
Ever since then, I’ve been thinking: Ooooh…. gotta weave myself a red jacket with that yarn….
Just before Christmas, I thought- Mmmm… why don’t I warp up that neat red mohair and weave myself a new jacket to wear to Jim’s Christmas concert? (My husband, Jim, is a jazz musician extraordinaire, and his trio always does a jazzy Christmas concert every year).
So… I got warped, and wove and wove and wove…and wove up 2 yummy lengths of freeform weaving yardage for the jacket.
I had scissors clutched in my hand, poised above the yardage, about to cut it out, using a pattern that I had never made before.
Luckily, my little inner ‘Oh Oh Voice’ popped up and asked if I was nuts, and shouldn’t I consider making the jacket up in commercial fabric first before I slashed my way through my yards of handwoven treasure?
I went… oh… what a good idea.
I whipped up the jacket in some stash fabric and was aghast to discover that it looked truly horrible on me! Yikes!
Luckily, it looks fab on my daughter in law.
I was so put off by the whole thing that I folded the fabric up, plopped it on the top of a shelf in the studio and carried on with Christmas-ing.
Last week, when I realized that the concert that the ‘Road to Django’ concert that Jim was playing in on the 23rd was a really important one for him, I thought: I need to make something really spiffy to wear to it!
And discovered that I didn’t have anywhere near enough fabric, as I am quite tall and that means that there is a lot of me to cover!
So, I warped up and wove the 2 sleeves for my Gypsy Jacket.
And then, started snipping and stitching it all together.
Did I take pics of the process?
No… my camera is stuffed full of step by step photos for my new book, and so I didn’t want to take the time to deal with those while I was frantically building the jacket.
As we were racing out the door to the concert, I had to leave one pocket still on the loom.
Just not enough time to finish the weaving, and to get it stitched onto the jacket.
I had some doubts, as I was putting the jacket together…. I wasn’t sure that it was going to work.
BUT… I love it!
It is the MOST comfortable jacket – and it’s just plain fun to wear.
NOW… I can hardly wait to get warped up for the next one!
Here’s a larger view of the jacket:
What looms did I use? A 24 inch rigid heddle loom, an inkle loom, a potholder loom, a frame loom, and a 2 inch square vintage weave-it loom.
I stitched it all together by hand, but did use my sewing machine to zig zag the cut ends of the fabric.
Yarns: Mohair, silk, wool, cotton, chenille.
Today, I finished weaving the second pocket and stitched it onto the Gypsy Jacket.
By the way, the concert was FABULOUS!!!