Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Bitter End

The third (and last) shawl on this warp is woven. Here's a peek as it rolls onto the cloth storage beam:

By the end of the day, I had woven the last of the pattern plus a couple of picks of plain weave, then several picks of plain weave in waste yarn to hold everything in place. I began to wind the warp forward so I could leave enough unwoven for the last fringe (a plain straight fringe) and then another band of plain weave, but there wasn't enough warp to wind forward!

This is what we call the bitter end - the knots have reached the rearmost heddles. In order to weave another band of plain weave in waste thread to mark the end of the fringe, and hold the ends of the fringe in place during finishing, I had to accept a very unaccommodating shed - it didn't want to weave anything, much less something with a close interlacement like plain weave. I'll stitch a length of seam binding to it with a zigzag stitch to hold those fringe ends, after I cut the cloth off the loom.

The dinner bell rang, so that'll be tomorrow's task.

1 comment:

Laura Fry said...

No waste there! :)