Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Towel #2

The weft on this one is a periwinkle blue, quite different from the aqua and cobalt blue in the warp. The position of the camera in relation to warp and weft makes a big difference in the appearance of the cloth. From the weaver's seat, the camera emphasizes the periwinkle weft:

From the side of the loom, the camera emphasizes the aqua and cobalt warp colors:

I did not change any settings on the camera, just stepped a few feet to my left. It will be interesting to see the difference after wet finishing!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Towel #1

Here's the first towel on this interleaved warp. The photo was taken at about 100 picks.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Threaded and Sleyed


If you were to look at the shafts from above, you might wonder, "What kind of pattern is that, with such a broad gap?"

It's an interleaved threading, so the arrangement of the heddles is really strange-looking. Once the weaving begins, you'll see the actual pattern emerge. I hope it will make more sense then.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Part Way There

By dinner-time I had threaded one-third of the warp (6 of 18 sections):

It's slow going because it's an interleaved threading -- two warp colors, each on their own design line. Another two days of threading would see it completed, but there are other activities going on the rest of the week. Maybe next week...

Monday, January 28, 2019


Scotty's work is done; the warp is beamed.
Don't you wish it was that simple? "Scotty, beam that warp! Here's the yarn and sett. Beam it!" Unfortunately, it took me about a week of short afternoons to do Scotty's work, because I didn't have enough energy to spend more than a few hours at a time.

Well, it's done now, and threading has begun. A photo to follow, tomorrow...

Friday, January 25, 2019

New Warp

Cotton, two shades of blue; the dyed skeins were pictured in this post. Towels-to-be.

The first few sections on the sectional beam look like this:

I'm winding four threads at a time, two of the aqua and two of the darker blue, making a 2:2 cross. Because of the difference in value, the fact that there are two threads on each side of the cross isn't a problem - it's easy enough to differentiate them while threading. Here's the setup:

The threads come off the cones and through the dents in the raddle, then back to the warping wheel (not shown).

It has taken a while to get to this point, because I needed surgery to remove my spleen (which was causing problems elsewhere in my system) and that necessitated a few days in hospital, followed by a few days in an armchair at home, catching up on reading and knitting but not doing anything pysically strenuous or mentally demanding. I'm better now, but it will take some testing to be sure that the removal of the spleen accomplished the desired result.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Number 4

The weft on this one is purple, enough paler than the warp that the resulting iridescence will be significantly less than number 3. There will be some, but not much.

I'm really enjoying the chance to experiment, though, and look forward to seeing the cloth after wet finishing and a good, hard press.