Thursday, January 31, 2013
OK, so this is the Guava and Dark Plum twill I'm working on - I took advantage of the long weekend to weave around 1 metre of this! Unfortunately I had to cut it all off, as there were 4 pesky warp threads that were extra-tight, which I felt may affect the finished product. I tied the remaining warp back on last night, and wove another 20cm. Hopefully I'll have better luck this time ;) I'm wondering whether the 3 ply wool is too fine for the warp even though it feels very strong ... perhaps next time I'll experiment with a 4-5 ply warp and a 3 ply weft and see what that looks like.
Since the wool is only 3 ply, and the reed is 10 dents per inch, this is going to be a lacy-weight cowl, and very soft to the touch. I'd like to eventually buy a slightly finer sett reed - say 12 or 14. But I should probably start selling a few cowls before I can justify that expense!
On the subject of cowls ... after experimenting, I found that sewing the piece as an infinity cowl rather than a straight cowl means it sits better when worn. 'Infinity' just means that instead of sewing right side to right site, the edge is sewn right side to 'wrong' side. I will take more pics on the weekend of actual humans wearing these things, but here they are on my table:
I'm also playing with the idea of drawing on the warp with a permanent laundry marker, then weaving over the top so the design just peeks through. There is a common technique with fabric paint and ink called 'ikat', but I haven't been able to find anyone doing this with laundry markers. Does this mean it's a stupid idea, or just one that's not too common? I guess I'm going to have to experiment to find out ;)
I'm trying to get as much handweaving done as I possibly can before my Diploma Of Tapestry books get sent through. I am only doing 3 subjects this year, spreading this fourth year of study over 2 years ... so hopefully this will allow more time in my schedule for both handweaving and spending more time with Anita!