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Monday, January 29, 2007

First Set of Napkins Hemmed

Well, they didn't hem themselves, either, but the first set is all ready to be sent to the recipient.

On the theory that if you're going to go to the trouble of hand-weaving napkins you shouldn't do machine-stitched hems, these have been hand-stitched. Luckily, in a former life I sewed a lot of my own clothes, so a hand blind stitch goes pretty fast. Not as fast as the machine, but then my machine can't do a true blind hem stitch.

Here are some images of the first set. The first shot was scanned at high resolution and then cropped way down, so you can see the degree of deflection of threads that occurs when a densely sett 3-color echo weave is wet-finished and pressed. The three warps, although not completely independent layers, still push and shove during finishing and sometimes the layers that want to be in front really bend to get there. Look at the light threads close to the base of the feather, and higher near the tip, and you can see the light warp actually crossing over the peach warp in places. (Click the image to open a larger version first.)



The next shot shows the four napkins, from left: grey weft, gold weft, rust weft, and brown weft. If you scroll down a couple of posts, you'll find pictures of the coned yarns before weaving.



This warp was 19 inches in the reed, and shrank to 16 after finishing. I thought mercerized cotton would never shrink almost 16%. I had calculated 10%. Hah! Luckily, 16x16 is an accepted size for dinner napkins, so I'm still in the ballpark and don't have to call 'em luncheon napkins!

7 comments:

beryl said...

They are absolutely gorgeous!

AmberCake said...

These are great! I just bounced over from WeaveCast and am excited to come back and read your archives. I've only done a limited amount of weaving, but am excited to do more. Thanks for showing so much and with such great details!

Bonnie Tarses said...

Hey Sandra, Your napkins are simply smashing! I was totally inspired when I saw your blog and immediately set up one myself. I am delighted to see how your weaving continues to blossom in unexpected and magnificent ways. Come visit my blog in your spare time :)

Bonnie Tarses said...

Hey Sandra, I am having trouble with my DSL cable and can't seem to send out e-mails although I don't seem to be having any trouble getting on-line. I thought I would answer your e-mail via your blog. I am a member of WeaveRing, #60 when you click on the list. It will take you right to my blog. I just tried it, and it works. I don't know why you couldn't get there by normal channels. It was great to hear from you! I can't wait to hear what you think of my blog.

beadlizard said...

Truly beautiful -- wonderful life in the pattern, perfectly emphasized by the colors you used. Wow.

The shrinkage rate *is* surprising. Is the extra 6% due to the weave structure perhaps?
--Sylvia

Yvonne said...

Wow. Your weaving is gorgeous. Thank you for such fine photos. Happy weaving!

fabbytex said...

hola.. es muy bonito tu diseƱo, me agradaria saber como lo hiciste????? es grandioso...