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Friday, May 19, 2017

Beaming the First Warp in Months!

Yes, really! The photo below is the first 8 sections (there are a total of 19 in the design) of a run of dish towels (or tea towels, if you prefer) using 2/12 Fox Fibre naturally colored cotton in two shades of brown and two shades of green. In this case, my use of the term shade refers to the percentage of natural versus the colored fiber in the blend. The light brown yarn has a higher percentage of natural fiber than the dark brown yarn.


The two brown yarns are in the center of the design, because those were the cones holding the least yarn. I spent a fairly long time with some empty cones of the same type, and a scale, and a spreadsheet to help me figure out how wide I could make the stripes without running out of the darker brown yarn. It was a tense few moments as I wound the last of the dark brown stripe. These are the remnants of the two browns:


Only just enough left of the darker brown for 1 or 2 repair ends, and it's a good thing these are towels, not yardage!

I began the project with over 16 ounces of natural, and ample light green and dark green for the design. The colors of the Fox Fibre cotton will deepen with a few trips through an alkaline laundry cycle, which I will do here in the studio so the buyers will have a better sense of the eventual hues.

2 comments:

Laura Fry said...

I also have partial cones of this yarn. It is ear marked for tea towels (it's the 18/2 grist) but as weft, not warp. Fun times when the colour deepens and becomes more dramatic! Magic in the water, indeed. :)

Sandra Rude said...

The warp is the 12/2; I have some light green 18/2 that I will use for weft in some of the towels, and 16/2 non-Fox Fibre unmercerized cotton for the weft in the rest. Probably some weft stripes of the colored cotton to use up the last of it, but not until I'm on the last few towels, in case an emergency warp repair becomes necessary :>)