Monday, 26 January 2009


Finished the weaving yesterday evening, the fabric strip has now been zigzagged and washed. Just need to hem and take photos now.

I had planned to make two tea towels, and see how much loom waste I ended up with. I got the tea towels, and a square face cloth, plus a smaller sampler (all up I think I had enough for three tea towels). I got within 40cm of the end of the warp, and had about 10cm lost for the tie on to start with. All in all I'm quite impressed - I expected to have more loom waste than that. I do plan to try and avoid working quite so close to the end of the warp again, it was rather awkward. But I know I can do it if I need to.

Next project is possibly a lightweight blanket. I have to do lots of planning first though, including counting heddles to see how many I have.

I'm aiming to get photos of the weaving I've just done sometime in the next few days.

Saturday, 24 January 2009

Hin und wieder details

Here is the draft for the second tea towel:

Both warp and weft on these are cottolin - the warp is mostly natural, weft mostly blue. I used both these yarns in the summer and winter napkins, but the napkins had a cream cotton warp, the natural cottolin was the tabby weft and the blue was the pattern.

I'm starting to try and think about the next weaving project now - only problem is, I don't know what I want to make next.

Friday, 23 January 2009

And it's going!

The loom is now officially happy. I got it threaded up and started weaving a little while ago now, but have only just gotten around to collecting evidence.

The loom:

And the weaving:
First, just to prove that it's on the loom and looks happy.

This warp is supposed to be two tea towels. It's partly a trial run of the loom to get used to how it feels before doing anything more major. It's also a check to see how much loom waste and stuff I end up with.

So far I've woven one and a half. The patterns are hin und wieder, the first one was a draft I got from The second one was a tie-up that I designed.

First one:

And the second one, which I like better:

I'm hoping to get the warp finished in time to have the tea towels washed, and possibly hemmed, by Tuesday evening...

Monday, 5 January 2009

The Loom appears to be happy (fingers crossed)

After a few days of confusion, I think I've just fixed up the last few things on the loom set up. I had been having problems with the warp beam tension - I couldn't get it to wind forwards, no matter how hard I tried. Meg (MegWeaves) was helping me work through issues that I might have, and after a flash of inspiration I realised my brake cable was twisted on the drum. After a bit of fiddling, it's all straightened out, and seems to work much more happily now.

Fingers crossed that I won't run into too many more problems in weaving...

Thursday, 1 January 2009

And some photos...

First of all a couple of napkin pictures:



I'm reasonably happy with how these came out. Next time I try summer and winter I'll have to actually use a finer tabby weft...

And now for the loom pictures. First of all, the table loom shoved ignominiously out of the way in the library. (Yes we have a library, or at least a room where all the bookshelves live. And yes, that is a soft toy lobster on one of those shelves...)

And the replacement model. It's distinctly bigger than the table loom...

I think I may have to move the loom a bit further out from the wall, but I'm hoping not.

I managed to get the rest of the setup done today, and have done a tie up for my first pattern attempt (a Hin und Wieder pattern). I haven't wound the warp yet, but I'm planning to make a couple of tea towels, probably changing the tie up for each one. I think it's even vaguely possible that I may manage to start weaving before I have to go back to work on Monday.

Festive towel photo (finally)

And here is the long awaited photo. I really haven't managed to do them justice, I think I really need to work on taking artistic photos rather than just utilitarian ones. I have no photos of the calendar because it managed to get tidied away while I was away for Christmas, and I haven't sorted through the tidied stuff yet.


Needless to say, I really like these towels. I haven't managed to bring myself to use them yet - I think they may end up being used as hand towels (I would keep them for using on good china or silverware, but we don't have any...)

All in all a fun exchange.