And me? Well, I'm learning lots, too, about weaving. I'm taking this time to learn and practice things I've wanted to learn forever. Now that I seem to be over the worst of the warping issues, dressing the loom is nowhere near the daunting task it has been in the past. It's kept me from weaving for years.
Weaving to Sell
So I decided to see if I could actually sell my work. Many people have encouraged me, including a woman at the St. Francis In The Wood Fair. I think she's probably one of my guardian angels. I'm convinced my angels show up in human or animal form from time to time to take care of me and push me in directions I need to go. They have some typical forms I'm coming to recognize, too.
After being inspired by a piece on Ravelry's Warped Weavers group, I decided to use some variegated Tencel I've had laying around forever. I used the variegated in the warp and black Tencel in the weft. I somewhat fearfully chose a twill pattern in Marguerite Porter Davison's A Handweaver's Pattern Book. I say fearfully because the drafts in the book are in the old style and I wasn't sure I could read them correctly. But it proved much easier than I had feared. There were a couple of false starts. I forgot the prime rule of design. If you have a complicated yarn, and most variegated yarns are, you need a simple structure. Of course, I tried a complicated structure. And immediately unwove it and used a simpler tie-up and treadling. I promptly broke a warp thread - Tencel takes less abrasion than bamboo, I think. But I patched the thread and had no further trouble with it.
The two scarves I warped on wove off quickly enough, especially considering I was also weaving the Peacock Shawl on the 8-harness loom. They looked good, even straight off the loom. But wet-finishing provided the miracle it usually does. And without further ado...
I'm pleased with the interplay of the color against black. If I had it to do over again, and had an unlimited amount of Tencel in the house, I think I'd choose a navy blue for the weft. The black is a little harsh. Here's the detail of the scarf.
|Twill Scarf Detail|
Overshot is Hot... But Slow
|The Overshot Runner on the Loom|
Threading the loom required attention. It's amazing how complex something can be in only four harnesses. But I used the small-group theory of threading - thread a small number of heddles, double check them, tie them off and forget them! Thankfully, there were no mistakes. When I started weaving the tabby header I was almost dismayed to see how open the weave was. But fortunately, I had the benefit of everyone else's experience telling me that the tabby needs to be open to accomodate the pattern weft. I planned the pattern weft in a single strand of the blue wool. But when I sampled it, it seemed kind of thin. I opted to double the wool... and promptly realized I didn't have enough. I think that problem will get taken care of, though.
The Peacock Shawl is Finished