I have been steaming (pretty much literally, as the humidity is 'high' for us) through the new scarf line. I'm now seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. There are six more warps wound, and once they are woven, this series will be ended. And then, hopefully, I can get back to writing, and a few other things that need doing. I had hoped to use up a box of yarn, but I kept finding more hidden away in nooks and crannies - so it feels like I have been weaving my fingers to the bone - and still have full boxes! (sigh)
For cotton I use the hottest water available, a soap/detergent, give it a good agitation to help the threads fall into their 'proper' place (especially for weave structures like waffle weave or lace weaves). I tend to *not* soak unless I am positive there is no fugitive dye. If there is, rinse, rinse, rinse. The hot water will usually trigger any loose dye molecules so they can be rinsed out.
A salad spinner can help with water extraction, then smooth flat, dry until damp and finally a good hard press to help lock the threads into place. Unless you want to preserve 3D as in waffle weave.
ps - whether you use soap or detergent will depend on your water - if you have soft water (no minerals) soap is good. If your water is 'hard' (minerals natrually occuring), use a detergent with no whiteneres, no brighteners, no scents. Many people like to use synthropol, Orvus Paste or the blue Dawn liquid dish soap
All fibres/yarns will benefit from wet finishing. The steps are simple, but can be applied to a variety of degrees, depending (there's that word again!)
Not all wools will full, but they will bloom. All yarns will benefit from scouring (removing any spin oil or other 'dirt'), then agitation (to more or less degree) which will help the yarn slip to areas of least resistance (which is where slight inconsistencies in beat and reed marks tend to reduce if not disappear entirely). Wools that will full can be fulled to greater or lesser degree depending on the effect desired.
Sometimes a good hard press will help to 'lock' the warp/weft into place, especially in the case of yarns that don't full - like cotton/linen/silk. A hard press will also increase shine on those yarns where we look for shine - like linen, silk, rayons.
Tickets to Nova Scotia booked. Discovered small carry on luggage actually fits my new laptop - an unexpected development. I was sure I needed to buy a bigger one. :) 13 lovely weavers signed up for the lace workshop - room for 5 more. Now to start preparing the yarns/drafts and get them to a courier (because Canada Post/union are threatening lockout/job action).
No reason at all, except that perhaps cotton is cheaper? As Sara says, a cotton warp, linen weft, will result in a 'different' fabric. But if you have commercially spun linen and want to use it, go for it. :)
You could start with a cotton warp and use the linen for weft. This can be a nice combination. You don't say what you want to make, so I would suggest trying various things and see how the yarn behaves, what the cloth might be suitable for and as suggested, maybe a counter balanced loom with more room between breast and back beams if you really want to use your hand spun. Or even commercially spun yarn for warp.
well Olds Fibre Week is over for another year. Feeling happy/sad. 13 weavers in my class, 9 in the beginning weaving class, 14 or 15 (never did hear the final number), and 8 in the level four...the first time there have been enough to run that level.
my class was enthusiastic, supportive, overwhelmed (at times), confused, (at times), and ultimately dedicated enough to plough through that to leave feeling more confident about what they needed to do in order to learn.
The class IS a college level class for credit. Certain expectations are, well, expected. It is called a master weaving class so principles are presented and students need to do the work to translate theory into practice.
I am happy to have provided a stepping stone along the way. I am sad we are all heading home, some to far flung corners. But through the power of the internet, I hope they will stay in touch. Because we are community.
Well, I am about ready to leave - just downing a cup of coffee! The van is (mostly) loaded - just a few things to toss in. The rain has stopped (for now!) so I'm hoping for a good drive through the mountains. Home again in a week. And back to writing and weaving - I've got 7 warps wound waiting for me to get them woven. And a new fringe twisting elf to train. :)
I had a hard time getting in gear this morning, then finally made it to the studio, worked on class handouts for Olds, then went to cone skeins and my 'back up' Silver Needles (that still works) had a cracked case so I was leery about using it. I *think* we can just swap out the case on the one that officially died last week, but figured I'd better check with Head of Maintenance first. (I can't afford to pay him so he gets Titles!)
Stymied, I looked around the very messy studio, decided I couldn't cope with anything much and figured I would try to finish off the proto-type scarf warp. Just cut that off - just need to fringe twist and wet finish (say it fast, it sounds easy and quick!)
DH is off pressing so I will soon have more towels to hem - just when I'd got the rest done!
Just had a bowl of cherries for a snack, trying to decide what to do next. Beaming the next proto-type warp sounds like a plan - except that the work table is covered with a dozen skeins of yarn to be coned and the cone winder. Guess I'll have to clear that off first...
OTOH, I have library books that can't be renewed. Perhaps an hour or two of reading is in order?