In my experience, the merc 5/2 is denser and smoother than the 8/2. Hopefully you will see more coverage after wet finishing. This is why 'we' always say to sample! Because change one thing, and everything can change. :)
Thanks Queezle - that was exactly the tone I was aiming for. :)
I am now working on A Book. Estimated publication date is by the end of 2017. I'm hoping it will help people understand the subtleties of the craft. It won't be a 'how to learn' book, necessarily, but a 'how to weave better' approach. And again, hopefully, in the vein of "have you considered doing this". Because it all depends. Different looms, different weave structures, different *weavers* will need to do things differently.
I used to think 'my' way was the best way. And it is - for *me*. But we each have to approach the craft of weaving with our abilities and disabilities in mind and work with or around them, as appropriate. :)
Anyone happy with my presentation would be kind if they would go to the Interweave Store and review the presentations. ;)
And don't forget - the digital version of Magic in the Water is available for sale here on Weavo - go to the Magic in the Water group...
Well, DH is still in his jammies - you'd think it was a holiday or something! Anyway, I need to go wind a warp and at least get that part done. What I'm going to do with all the crap on my work table... :(
Then there is the problem of some English words having so many meanings. Sharon Alderman's book Mastering Weave Structures (I think it is called) or Madelyn van der Hoogt's book (title escapes me - not enough coffee this morning?)
Then there is the tendency for English speakers to 'name' specific threading/tie-up/treadling combinations with cute labels, like all the different overshot threadings with 'fancy' names as in M. P. Davison's book. Sometimes it is hard to separate an actual threading/interlacement from a 'marketing name'. I recently saw this again in regards to 'dimity' (which reminds me - I need to look that term up in Watson's book to get *his* take).
I envy people who have more than one language. I have tried (and failed) to learn something other than English.
I got home yesterday hoping the worst of the reno work would be over by the time I got here. Of course it isn't. So the studio will have to remain topsy turvy with goat trails through it. I've asked for help getting the Leclerc back into it's place so I can toss a couple of place mat warps on and get them woven in time for our first show of the season (last weekend in Oct). But it's a mess and will remain so for the forseeable future. I am NOT happy. :(
Sounds like you learned quite a lot with that warp! :-/
not much weaving happening, although my friend started threading her workshop warp tonight. Tomorrow we will go visit a weaver in Arkansas, then back on Sunday. Monday the loom I'm borrowing will arrive so I can get my warp set up, then next Friday we will drive to Nashville to meet up with more friends, also taking the workshop with Bonnie Inouye. looking forward to getting some knitting done during the road trips. ;)
I'm 'stuck' on the never-ending warp. However, I'm nearing the 40% completion mark. I had hoped to hit 50% before I leave on Saturday, but that's maybe not actually achievable. Because I still have to pack, etc.
It's just another tool. If we are happy using an electric mixer when cooking instead of doing it by hand, we should not worry about using an e-spinner. My CPW isn't portable. It's an actual antique - built in the late 1800's early 1900's and 'fragile'. The e-spinner is portable. It's just another tool in the toolbox. :)
Not much weaving happening here. Much gnashing of teeth trying to get the computer that runs my loom upgraded to Win 10 (because Win 8 was pissing me off, royally). Well, that got 'fixed' today - sans wifi. Back to 'old school' - copying files to a cd or flash drive and physically carrying the file from the desktop upstairs to the loom downstairs. #firstworldproblems
However, I did get a sample warp woven. A spinner and I are working on some samples using handspun for weaving. We each want something a bit different out of the samples, so it's been fun.
I also got the warp wound for the workshop I'm taking next month with Bonnie Inouye. Been ages since I have *taken* a workshop so I'm really looking forward to it. :)
Also got the loan of an e-spinner. I'm a little hesitant to set it up and give it a go! Will I be able to keep up to it? Will I like it? If I do, will I feel the unquenchable need to buy the new e-spinner from Abby Franquemont's dh?
and for those on the east coast, we talked to college admin today and set dates to present the Olds College level one master weaving class at the Gaelic College in St. Ann's (Cape Breton), NS next June 5-9...