Thursday, January 31, 2013

thrilling twill!



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:

Straight cowl:


Infinity cowl:


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!

4 comments:

  1. They're all so beautiful!!

    I've made some infinity scarves (just out of fabric though - I didn't weave them myself or anything!) and I find them nice and easy to wear. They always seem to look good without a lot of fussing. So I think that's definitely a good idea! :o)

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    1. Thanks Lynne! Yes, looking good without the fuss is EXACTLY what I'm after. And since I'm so short, I don't like anything too bulky - which is why I'm going to do short length and long length ;)

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  2. I love the pattern of the twill weave! It looks difficult to achieve and seems to involve a lot of counting.

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    1. It's not that hard at all - most of the work is in the threading up, then the pattern is a series of shaft lifting combinations. I'm only weaving on 4 shafts ... so far :)

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