I'm starting this thread for Brewers to post their progress this week! My hope is to do a bit of warping each day! What are your accomplishments? Cheers, Erica
I took my shifu sample off the loom and turned it into a wall hanging, which I've dubbed "Blueberry Field--First Snow." Blueberry leaves behave much like maple leaves in the fall, turning lots of bright colors, especially reds and oranges, and Oregon is blueberry central. My order of handmade kozo/mulberry paper arrived from Thailand yesterday, so I've started to twist that into weft. Tomorrow, I warp The Quad rigid heddle loom for the actual project, which is going to be a scarf for a friend who practices Zen Buddhism. I still have a few details to work out, but I know the name of the scarf will be "Bo!" (my way of combining elements of Buddhism and Halloween).
A knitted blank is just a length of knitted fabric that you dye and then unravel so you can use the yarn/thread for another project. Knitpicks sells sock blanks that are made using two strands of yarn (so you get two identical socks, at least in theory). i'm knitting mine up using a knitting machine and 2/60 nm merino wool (15,000 yards per pound).
Here's a pic of some blanks (with a section spread out so you can see it's knitted):
I'm using them to get gradual color changes and also add some "texture" (irregularity) to the color. You can see the effects in the panel a few posts above this one.
(1) change the length of your warp. Even a few inches "off" will make a big difference in how the colors stack against each other. You will get thinner and thinner stripes as the length gets further "off".
(3) Take the length of the skein (calculated from McMorran balance if needed) and divide by number of ends. Then subtract 10-15% for error in measuring, and use that length.
Thanks Tien! I think 2 yards is going to actually give a nice effect. I've wound one chain, 4". I'm not sure how much width I'll get, so I'm ready to roll with this project. I'm going to warpi it up, weave it off and then see if it's shawl worthy or if I need to go with something else! :)
Thanks for the suggestion of using a dummy warp. I forgot to ask in class if you, or anyone else here, has any advice for tying onto the dummy warp? What knot to use, etc.
I'm not the best at learning knots, but Oliver is great at following directions like this and showing me what I don't understand! I have done this once before, but it's been years so I need the refresher.
I showed a weaver's knot a while ago on my blog:
It is the easiest way I have found, and you won't have to get a book out to make it. Check it out.
Jenny in Charlevoix the Beautiful