Friday, July 26, 2013
Weaving Lesson Towels Done!
I finished my weaving lessons on Tuesday, and I've hemmed the two towels. I used a simple turned hem and blind-hemmed with sewing thread. I matched the patterns across the width so that it would turn out straight. The turned hem is a bit puffier than I would like, and I may try a recommendation I've seen of using smaller thread and/or plain weave to make the rolled-under part smaller. The two towels turned out different due to a counting error... One of them has only three repeats along the length instead of four. Since the two weren't a matched set, anyway, I split them up, giving one to my mom for her birthday, and keeping one myself. I have a bit more than half of the cone of blue, left, and I have already wound another warp. I tried to maximize the length, thinking I would get three towels out of it... I went too far and was 30 ends short. Since the little diamond patterns are 8-ends each, I'll leave out an extra two ends (32 total), and reduce the pattern by four diamonds. There are four width-wise repeats of the small diamond pattern (six diamonds), so I'll make that small pattern five diamonds wide instead of six. I'll be ready to put the warp on as soon as I get my loom. I'm hoping that will be some time next week. I'll have to be here to receive it, and I am off next week, so that will work out well. I haven't received the freight notice, yet. In case you're wondering, I ordered a Mighty Wolf, 8-shaft loom, in Maple. It's a folding loom (a driving requirement, so I can move it out of the way when not in use), and it has a removable back beam. On the HD loom in lessons, the back beam was not removable (technically). We took it off, anyway, but that wouldn't be a good long-term solution, from a wear-and-tear point of view. It would be a little tough on the wood screws. Anyway, once I narrowed down the requirements: 1. Folding 2. Removable back beam 3. At least 30" weaving width ... the Mighty Wolf was the only one that seemed viable! I considered waiting a couple months and getting a Cherry one, but the combination of cost and wanting to get started, now, drove me to go ahead and order a Maple one. Happy Knitting, Lisa Kay