Did a Wall of Troy threading and a Descending and Ascending Twill with a half drop.
Lots of firsts with this project, first time using the Baby Mac, first time using Tencel, first project with networked twills
This is part of my exploration of modern tweeds. It is both light weight and supple. Made from 5 different yarns, a cotton flake, a heather 8/2 wool. a very fine varigated wool, a turquoise fine worsted (spinning, not size) wool, and polyester "FunFur". The scarf is a generous 13" by 90" with 7" of twisted fringe on each end. The Fun Fur gives a subtle hairy appearance to the cloth. The hair was buried during the weaving and is slowly working it way out; I expect the fuzzy to continue to develop. The sewn tam is lined and adorned with a ribbon cockade and button. For sunrise services even if it snows.
Here is another version of my 8H twill block design. This time I scaled the blocks back to about 2/3 the size of my previous towels in order to produce more texture. I am pleased with the results and made an effort to show the "bumps" in the finished towels by taking a few of the photos minus the flash.
This nine yard warp produced nine towels each approximately 19" x 28". They have a very pleasing hand.
Using Habu silk A-4, working thru sett and yield sample scarf. I have a series of natural dyes from my valley dyed on this yarn and I want to do a series of scarves. This scarf is a warm up to "learn the yarn" and design for it. Sett, Drape, Color..... this particular warp is done for only one scarf using my 1 oz skeins of oak leaves, various acorns and wild madder. This will tell me how much yarn is used in one scarf so I can design with what I have on hand! Color challenge, I ran dyepots "without" planning for the final project so it will be a challenge to use up the colors I have done. Here is a link to where I put the yarns up on line....
Block weave twill using 3 shuttles to create more block effect - from Interweave's book Twill Thrills as basis
Someone on Weavolution (I think) made a bag out of a long strip of handwoven fabric. I thought it was a very clever design and wanted to do one of my own as a tote for water bottles. I sewed the seams by hand and cut short fringe on the ends. I would probably hem the ends if I was at home and had access to my sewing machine.
I found the source of this design ... well, at least where I found it. It's http://donisdelis.blogspot.com/2009/01/l...
A friend wanted her skiens of handspun, 2 ply, woven into a a fabric suitable for a jacket. The handspun was a lovely dark heather that reminded us of mallard ducks. The handspun was limited. Chose a pattern for the jacket with out collar cuffs, lapels and princess styling to avoid the bulk of darts; needed 2.5 yds of 45" fabric. Wove the cloth half width to reduce the loom waste. Added two yarns to the handspun; a milk chocolate suri alpaca with 10% tencel) and a teal boucle. Made the warp 22" wide and 6.5 yards long for 6 yds. woven fabric and 1/2yd. loom waste. A 2/2 twill structure allows the cloth to be dense enough and still be pliable enough for a jacket.
The cloth is 75% hand spun, threaded in a straight twill with both accent yarns both on H4. Woven as a straight 2/2 twill with 3 shuttles. The cloth is quite lovely but has been hard to photograph; the curls of the boucle seem to catch the flash and seem much more prominent in the pics.
Doing this on a table loom without treadles is quite difficult. I suggest using a magnetic board for keeping track of the progress per rapport.