Wednesday, July 27, 2016


I'm chugging along on the scarf with the green weft. I'm at 1,200 picks, which is about half way. The weft is darker in real life - much closer to the blue in value.
See, there actually is a pattern in there, although it's nearly unreadable at this stage. The plainweave areas will be iridescent blue/green, the weft floats will be green and the warp floats will be blue. None of them is longer than 3 threads.

That faint white line along the fell is just the cloth apron showing through from under the loom, not a white thread.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Merrily We Weave Along...

If you say it looks more like window screen than anything else, that's okay. It does to me, too. I mean, you can see through it! Remember, it's rayon, so it will shrink and tighten and become more even quite a lot during wet finishing.

It's almost possible to make out that there's a pattern in there other then just plain weave, but only just barely. Of course, any picture I take is at the mercy of time-of-day lighting and the camera angle. We've got a sort-of-royal-blue warp (more like cerulean) and a dark forest green weft that is close in value to the warp. The structure is (my best guess) multishaft crackle on 20 shafts woven as lace, and you'll have to take my word for that until you can see it off tension, washed, and pressed.

It's gonna be iridescent, for sure. Faith is a good thing, right?

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Tied On

Another photo only a fellow weaver can appreciate:

Order! Discipline!

Loom porn. Gotta love those threads in a tidy state.

I will leave the warp overnight under tension to consider its sins, and make any adjustment to the tensioning of the lashing-on cord tomorrow if necessary.

Here is a side view, showing how I suspend my warp sticks from cords just behind the shafts during threading:


Here's another image only a weaver can appreciate:

(The colors aren't true - photo was taken late in the evening; the blue is actually closer to royal than navy!)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

'Nuff Said

Tomorrow, sleying the reed and tieing onto the apron rod.

Beaming, threading, and sleying are stages that I always take my time to complete. They are the stages during which most errors occur, and I subscribe to the "measure twice, cut once" philosophy. If I'm careful during the prelims, I'm more likely to be successful during the remainder of the process.

Monday, July 11, 2016


Unlike Mick and the rest of the Rolling Stones, I get lots of it, especially from the sight of a newly beamed warp. "A thread under tension is a well-behaved thread," and all that. Makes me do the happy dance. Of course, the minute I insert sticks into the cross and begin threading, that tidiness disappears for a while, only to reappear once the warp is threaded and tied onto the apron. You'll no doubt see it in several posts before that happens.

In the meantime, there's a skein of bronze rayon wetting out in the studio sink, waiting to see what dye I throw at it tomorrow. I'm planning to try turquoise (on a small sample first) hoping for teal. Wait till tomorrow, and I'll report what happens. I might have to try multiple samples...we'll see.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Coming Soon on the Dobby Loom

A blue warp is in the still-beaming stage:

This is 20/2 rayon, which I bought on huge (really, gigantic!) mill cones for a frightening price of a few dollars per pound. The largest cone is over 6 pounds, so the postage was more expensive than the yarn. Luckily, I bought several colors, some usable as-is, and some (particularly the bubble-gum pink) are best overdyed. For this run of scarves, the pink has morphed into orange for one piece, and deep purple for another. The bright scarlet has been darkened with a burgundy overdye, and the bronze darkened with a tad more bronze. Here are the wefts so far:

I still need one more color, and am planning another overdye.

This is one of the drawdowns:

The design was created by using a network-on-a-4-end-initial draft as a profile, and applying a multishaft crackle block substitution action to the profile. When I wove some yardage on this type of threading a few years ago, it rewarded me with really spectacular iridescense, so I hope for more of the same. See this post, and scroll to the second image.

I find that iridescense is most successful with fine, lustrous threads, and this rayon fits the bill.