To-night I will try and post some pictures about the new project !
First though I should say that I am a member of the On-line Guild of Spinners and Weavers and also subscribe to the weavers group on yahoo. I am not very visible though, I learn a lot from the posts ! I did do the inkle loom workshop and learnt to do pick up as the picture below shows !
I will start tonight's blog with a picture of my loom. I sits in the corner of the living room, very tolerant husband ! It is a Harrisville 4 shaft loom and we brought it from New Hampshire to Scotland in kit form and then assembled it. I am really very comfortable with it and have woven many tea towels and woolen scarves over the last four years. However, I will admit that I might quite like to have a go with 8 shafts now !
Probably won't happen though !
Now to the project ! Well it is placemats. Susan sent me a sample of her bird's eye twill patterns and the draft. I have adapted them for my 4 shafts and ordered some 6/2 cotton from a supplier in the UK. I have been a bit disappointed with the yarn as I found a lot of knots when winding the warp and the bobbins. Anyway, the colours are shown below.
I wound a 10 yard warp, the longest yet, and that should give me three sets of four placemats. The sett is 24 epi. and threaded 2 to a dent in a 12 dent reed.
I have done proper samples, a lesson learnt from Susan ! Not 100% happy with the selvedges but I'll work on that ! Pictures of the samples, poor colours I'm afraid !
So, today I have woven one and a half mats only ten and a half to go ! The weaving is much easier than the scarf although still easy to make a mistake. Am thinking I should have used thicker cotton as they seem a bit thin for placemats, probably 3/2 would have been better.
What news to share with you tonight ! Someone has bought one of my scarves ! I can hardly believe it. My daughter did the 'dealings' for me though, I am a bit of a coward in the selling department. However, an end feed shuttle is on the wish list to improve selvedges so I need to get better at it !
It seems there is demand for scarves like the lavender one so now I need to find a supplier of 10/2 dyed tencel ! i got that cone in Halcyon but the only have pearl on the web site. I have a cone of pearl but I believe the youngsters like the bright colours. So if any of you out there know where I can source 10/2 tencel I'd love to hear from you !
Well, that's enough for post number two, can't keep this up every night or I'll never get these placemats finished. Will update progress soon.