Copper River

Copper River

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Fun Workshop

The local weaver's guild, Mary M. Atwater Weaver's Guild, had a great workshop for the finish of their 2014 Fiber Festival.

We started the festival with dinner and a wonderful quilt talk.  Judy Elsley, an English professor from Weber State in Ogden, shared the series of quilts that developed during her fight with breast cancer.  With her combination of hand-painted fabrics and her way with words, she created a beautiful and thought provoking collection of textiles.  

The next day was short workshops by our workshop leader Rebecca Winter, learning inkle looms with Judie Eatough and winding variegated dyed yarns into Faux Ikat warps by me. I had a great day and I loved Rebecca's Collage Embellished Drawstring Bags.  She makes them from handwoven fabric and then adds all kinds of wonderful embellishments.

Our three day workshop was exploring star patterns.  This workshop was "musical looms" and we wove stars on eighteen looms using a variety of yarns, setts and shafts.  
Busy weaving samples.
We are a very prolific group and many of us were able to weave most of the samples.  We had one late loom and the 12 shaft table loom that we did not all get to weave on...so I have those two at the PCH weaving studio for the next month for people to come in and finish their set of samples.

Rebecca brought many examples, including the textiles that she used to complete her COE speciality and many others she has experimented with her star combinations.  She is constantly finding new star and star like patterns to build the collection of possibilities.
Her doll partially undressed to show the fabrics.
Rebecca is a doll maker also, so, of course, one of her samples was a doll completely made out  of handwoven material, including the body material.  The only non-handwoven fabric was the silk petticoat.  

I loved the fine cotton and tensel scarves that she had made.  The stars in them were small, but with the color combinations, they made beautiful finished products.  I hope to weave my version of one of them in the future.
Tiny 2 thread stars

Beautiful combination of color and pattern
The green/gold scarf used fine threads, I think 20/2 cotton.  I should have taken better notes and I should have put a quarter or something on the scarf so you could see the scale.  It is soft and wonderful around the neck, and the perfect summer addition to your wardrobe.  The "hand" was wonderful.

The second gold/purple is tensel...I think 8/2.  I love the float in the gold star and the plain weave structure holding it together.  This gives a shiny star in the plain weave ground.  This is the one I want to make...I would like to do tensel...but wouldn't silk be wonderful.  

8/2 cotton/linen in an eight shaft structure
I think that this was the favorite sample as I wove it.  I want to weave towels in this pattern...what colors of cotton/linen do I have on hand?...can I get the eight shaft Baby Wolf emptied so I can weave some for me??...


Here is another eight shaft sample.  I wove four different treadlings of the pattern.  Rebecca gave us nine possible treadlings and information about how to explore to come up with more. What kind of warp can I put on and experiment with all these treadlings.  The first thing that comes to mind is towels, of course, my easy cotton warp to test product, and I could make 10 or 12 slightly different versions!  Towels are wonderful to have on hand for quick gifts, etc.

Ten colors, some stars pop and some blend.
The samples gave me some new directions to think about weaving.  With them being two or more shuttles, they are not the best for sales, but maybe some towels could possibly sell and I know many of my friends and family would love them.  And silk or tensel scarves would be wonderful, soft enough to gather up around the neck and good for all seasons wear.

Rebecca said it was necessary to wash the samples to make the stars show up better, and of course any weaving you do needs to have some kind of wet finishing.  When I washed the wool samples, you can see one reason for the washing...spinning oil.
Dirty water after washing/fulling the wool samples
The picture of the cotton wash water is still in the camera, but it was almost as dramatic.  I was amazed that when I looked at the warp paper on my loom, there were oil spots from the warp.  I am using 10/2 cotton from UKI.  It just shows how important the wet finishing is to the fibers.  But even more, the pattern shows up more and the yarns relax into their positions when wet finished so that you get a much better fabric.  So it is good for pattern definition and structure also.

I will take some pictures of the finished samples and show the comparison here in the next month.  Hopefully, it will be dramatic enough to show in my less than great pictures!

I also liked that we were weaving with so many yarns, both wool and cotton.  It is fun to see how the yarns work in this pattern, using different weights of yarn (3/2 to 20/2 cotton), different threads (cotton carpet warp, unmercerized and mercerized cotton, shetland wool) and of course the great colors that the workshop participants choose for their warps.  We saw high contrast and lower contrast in the samples.

Class member weaving her sample.










Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring is in the Air

As I write that title, there is snow on the ground...no not like so many places this year, it is just the spring dusting that we get.  My daffodils have been blooming for a couple of weeks and I know that they get snowed on a couple of times each spring.  This was the second snow that I have been expecting.
The golden crocus just make me smile
There are also purple ones
The daffodils are my favorites
Snow covered crocus
Daffodil bent under the weight of the snow.
What a difference a day makes.  

I have enjoyed my spring bulbs so much this year.  I get a smile every time I walk out the front door.  I need to plant more so that I can enjoy them for a longer time each year.  If I put some in the front parking area, they will bloom later because they are farther away from the house.  I also need to consider the back yard.  I should spend more time back there and enjoy it.  Bulbs would brighten that area a lot.  I could even put a loom back there on nice days.  I remember how much I enjoyed sitting out on the deck in the mornings with my coffee right after I lost my job.  Such a beautiful way to start the day. 
I have been thinking of setting up a portable tapestry loom, I could use that as a traveling weaving, a way to take weaving with me instead of just knitting when I travel.  I could use that loom on the deck so nicely.  I have a great picture that I lifted from the internet of a Utah sunset...I even collected some yarns in the appropriate colors...I need to think about warping the Hokett loom.
Yes, I have been purchasing some small looms lately.  The Hokett was for a tapestry class, I didn't think I would get excited about tapestry, but at this small scale...it seems doable.  I also purchased a Schacht 15" Cricket...what a sweet little loom.  I am teaching a class in Rigid Heddle and it seemed like a good idea when a used one came available to me.  Unfortunately, now I want the floor stand.  I don't like the way the Cricket fits between me and the table.  My old Schacht RH weaves great that way, but the old one is longer in length and wider (20").  This little Cricket really needs a stand to weave comfortable...but does that make it less portable...does that matter?  I could use the stand at home and take it off for travel to class...that might be good.  Am I just justifying another purchase?

I even bought a 20" Schacht four shaft table loom.  That one was a great deal on line.  It is very old, the joints use doweled joins and it has the old metal plaque on it.  Unfortunately, it had not been used for a long time and had some water marks on it.  I cleaned everything, washed, sanded, oiled and waxed the wood, steel wooled all the heddles, and I need to remove rust from the reed (still looking for a product to do that).  But the loom is beautiful now, it just shines and the wood is as smooth as glass.  I will probably leave it at the studio for students to rent, but I don't think I will sale it to the school.  I have a private lesson student that will probably start on it next week.

My weaving has been slow...winter doldrums?  I know that last week when I was standing in the sunshine, I realized that I felt better and seemed to have more energy to do something.  Maybe that means I can weave off some warps that have been too long on my floor looms.                                                
I have been weaving some small pieces, samples for classes, scarves and such.  I took the loom up to the state capital for a legislature session that had non-profit groups, I got a cute new scarf out of it.  I just warped the PCH portable HD loom and used some HD shetland yarn we had here.  We had old colors, but the combination worked out well.  Pale blue for the ground and pin stripes of light orange, bright orange and fuschia. 
Finished Scarf

Can you see the loom at the lower left?
It was interesting to be weaving up there while the state congress was in session.  The loom attracted a lot of attention, but that is why I brought it up there.  There has to be something for the people to remember about us when there are some many people vying for attention.


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Finally Spring

It seems to have been a long hard winter.  Actually, we have had less winter than many places in the East, but still to see the grass and some flowers is great.
My first Daffodil
Unfortunately, my first daffodil always gets snowed on at least once...so my guess is that we will have some more snow.  But it will be the wet kind that only lasts a day ...and I can live with that.

My past few days have been spent in amazement of my children.  They are both adults and have their own lives, but I love watching them face the world with so much strength and smarts.  

My son had a birthday and the next day a trip to the emergency room.  I gave him a ride because he was in too much pain to drive...passing a kidney stone.  What a rude birthday present to have life give you...  We spent about 8 hours in the emergency room, found he was horribly dehydrated (they had to IV 3 liters of water into him) and there is a second stone in the other kidney to look forward to.  He will visit a doctor to get it looked at and I'm sure will not have as much pain as he did with this one. 

My daughter had car problems...a strange couple of noises and when she got her work check, she took the car into the dealership for repair.  She got a call that her transmission pump was bad and needed to be replaced.  She replied "I think I have an extra, can I bring it in?"  

(My daughter drives an older sports car and she loves it.  When she first got it she had some problems and ended up having a full engine replacement.  The man who replaced it said "Keep the parts you may need them some time".  Keep in mind that none of us in this house can even recognize what the various parts are ...let alone know how they can be used.)
My daughter's hot little car
To continue the story, she looked up on the internet what a transmission pump looks like and then checked out the parts in the garage...she found one!!  It saved her several hundred dollars and she now has a working car and a very impressed Mom!  I can only imagine the thoughts of the car dealership when this cute girl brings in her "extra" transmission pump!!

I love to watch my children and see them grow.  They are really great people.


I was adding up the weaving I did last year and was surprised to see that I really did more than I thought.  
Big Mac--untouched for the past month
I only wove 9.5 yards on this loom last year...that includes this half done six yard warp.


Bergman--quietly waiting for me to get it working
I have not worked on this loom, it needs oiling and redoing the tie-ups...maybe this year!


Baby Wolf--I did a couple of the alpaca commission pieces on it.
The Baby Wolf put in some good weaving time this year, 54.5 yards for the year.   I did the painted cot/ray scarves and a couple of the alpaca commission pieces.  Here are some linen, huck lace towels I need to get working on.


Baby Mac--spent most of the time folded up
I wove 5.5 yards on it last year.  A workshop and a sample of Summer & Winter for the teaching studio wall.


Dorothy--only did workshop warps
I wove 5 yards on this one last year, including the half finished cardweaving and shaft weaving piece from the workshop in July that is still on the loom.

My Rigid Heddle is getting more use and travel time, because I am using it for demonstrations in the new RH class I am teaching.  Unfortunately, it is getting some work done and I did not get a picture for the last year.  I am getting it set up to use double heddles...should be fun to try.

I also borrowed a Cricket Loom for a demo in that class.  I wove a 2.5 yard scarf.  It is a real sweet little loom, in fact when a friend decided to sell her 15" Cricket last month...I bought it.  Yeah, I know I really need more looms!

I have been cleaning and repairing the looms at the Pioneer Craft House where I manage the classes and weaving studio, so that they are easy to weave on for the students that will be renting them.  As I repair one, I put a test warp on it.  For some of them, I have been using them for weaving my projects during the studio hours that I am there alone.

PCH Gilmore Standard--before repair
Here is the Gilmore Standard before work.  I cleaned and oiled it then set up texsolve tie-ups, and new apron bands.  I think I need the kit to make the warp beam easier to advance, I guess that is for this year.  I wove 44 yards on this loom, cot/ray painted scarves and more of the alpaca commission.  The loom wove well and I am also using it for class members to weave samples.


PCH Gilmore X--before repair
This loom had some water damage and some broken parts that I could not replace, but they will not create problems in the weaving.  It had lead a hard life before it came here.  It also needed replacement lamn guides, a new apron on front and cords on back, and new cinch knots for the tie-ups.    I actually like these tie-ups better than the texsolve I put on the other Gilmore, they have a finer adjustment.  I wove 55 yards on this loom, the cot/ray scarves (a painted and an unpainted) and more alpaca.


PCH Hammet 1--a counter balanced loom
I had quite a time getting this loom balanced and working, due as much to my inexperience with counter-balanced looms as to the state of the loom.  I replaced the front apron, braided tie-up cords for the sectional beam and redid the texsolve treadle ties.  I wove a 9 yard towel warp to test the loom and it is working great.  I learned a lot about the balance needed on these looms and it took a while for me to get the a good shed opening.
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PCH Hammet 2--needed more work
This loom had a brake that kept loosening and for some reason the warp beam looks off to me.  I replaced the front apron, new tie-ups, cords for the sectional beam and washed off 40 years of dirt.  After sanding and oiling, it looks great.  I put 6 yards on to do a couple of rugs.  I had a box of Pendleton selvedges and wove rugs at very high tension.  (Perfect for this counter-balanced loom.)  The cloth beam is so high that I didn't think I would get both rugs on the beam.  By time I was finished there was less than an inch of space between the cloth beam and the beater!


So there is my year's weaving for 2013.  193 yards of weaving...I guess I didn't do so bad.  Not really production weaving, but good for teaching/sales/demonstrating.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Today is My Daughter's Birthday

My daughter was born on Valentine's Day.  This was about 30 years ago, when we did not know the sex of the child until they were born.  Everyone told me I was going to have a boy, I wanted a girl...I told everyone that I would have a girl on Valentine's Day.  Shocking to me, I did have a girl on Valentines...and she continues to surprise me and bring joy to my life.

She wasn't smiling for me that day
Here she is in the dress I made for her the month before she was born...I really wanted a girl.  By the way the blanket that she is laying on was my weaving.


I made her a princess dress for Halloween one year and she loved it.  Now I do less for her and more with her.  Happy Birthday Sweetheart.


In my weaving I have been doing more with my rigid heddle loom and playing some with tapestry.  Last time you saw the Fall Leaves scarf.  This time I needed to demonstrate a random warping process.  I mostly used a ball of hand spun that I had left over, then added some small balls of colored yarns to accent it.  I even found a tube of grey in my leftovers box, that would work for the weft.

The color looks a little intense in this shot.
I was happy to use up some small bits of left over yarn and also get another example piece for my teaching.  But when I washed the piece, the water really went dark gray...which yarn was giving up that color?

The scarf didn't change that much, but there was sure a lot of color coming out of something.

I also finished weaving a couple of small pillows that I had started several years ago on the rigid heddle loom.  Each pillow as a separate warp, after I finished one...everything just got put away and forgotten for a long while.  So when I put the second warp on, I found that I was short of yarn for the weft.  Of course, being several years old, the color was discontinued.  I moaned and ranted for a couple of days before I remembered "Ravelry".  There is a yarn exchange group on there and when I looked up my yarn and color number, there were more than a few people that had some.  One of them came to my rescue, and I was able to finish the piece.  (I think that I was packing the weft in more densely that the pattern called for...so not enough yarn.)  I even wove the tubes to trim the outside of the pillows.


Now I just need to wash the two pillow fabrics, and the two trim pieces and make the pillows.  I think I even have some pillow forms that will fit them...somewhere...!!?




Thursday, January 30, 2014

How I Finish My Towels

I have not been getting much weaving done...January doldrums, classes starting, etc, but I did get one set of towels done.
Three and a half Towels
These towels were an interesting process, too many errors that could have been avoided.  I started with a few tubes of 10/2 unmercerized cotton.  Since I only had a finite amount of the yarn, I designed the repeat based on the yardage that I had.  Red was 1050 yards, white was 4200 yards and black was 3150 yards.  I divided the amounts down until I got the number for the pattern repeat,  5 of the red, 21 of the white and 15 of the black.  I played around with some plaid designs and looked at tartan books, I finally came up with 14 black, 8 white, 2 red, 4 white, 2 red and 8 white.  (Pretty close to the figured amounts above:  4 red, 20 white and 14 black!)

Since I could only wind a four yard warp with the amounts, I had hoped for four towels, and since there were so much color changes, I wound 8 yards, but only wound half of the color changes.  I then folded the warp in half and put both ends on the warp beam rod.  

First error, about half way though the warping I realized that I had left out 4 whites and 2 reds in two of the stripes...they only had one red stripe in them.  So I measured out the additional threads and added them to the warp beam rod...I missed two stripes so, since I folded it in half, I had to repair four stripes. 

The warp wound on quite well.  Due to the folded warp, I ended up with a cross to pull all the threads through, but they were strong and did not tangle up too much.  Threading went well,  I was using a four shaft twill, but I threaded on eight shafts because I had an eight shaft loom empty!  I decided to try Marge Coe's idea for basket weave on the selvedges...we will see how it wears.  

Second error, I had calculated the number of heddles needed at an early stage of the designing and I had added more to the stripes so as I got to the end of the threading I ran out of heddles...I hate to move heddles on a half threaded loom!

Third error, because of all the adding and messing around with the threads, they were very uneven at the front when I started to tie on to the front apron rod.  Hoping for the best, I lashed the knots on so I could get as much length as possible.

The towels wove great.  Changing colors for the plaid slowed me down a lot, but I love the look of the plaid!

Since I had four towels, supposedly, I decided to do two with the plaid and two with a solid color weft.  The white towel was so fast to weave and at the last minute I decided to make the fourth towel black weft.  

Fourth error, yes I ran out of warp and only got a square for the black towel instead of the 30 inches that I wanted.  It seems that I cut the warp length too close, there was enough yarn left over that I could have added another half yard or more to the length...oh well, sometimes it goes like that.

I will often miss a knot when I am weaving, sometimes I take it apart to repair it sometimes I mark it so I can repair it when they come off the loom.
It's not that hard to weave in a correction to repair the knot.  I have a few tools that help me. When we were clearing out my Dad's tools, I found some great over glasses magnifiers...I grabbed them before my sisters had a chance.  So with those great magnifiers and a tapestry needle, I can fix some of my errors.
With these on, I can see where I want the thread to go.


Between my towels, I weave the hem turn-under with sewing thread to eliminate the bulk.  
You can see the two shots of red that are my cut line and the fine white thread that I weave the hem turn-under.  I then sew the edges to get ready to cut them apart.
My machine has a serpentine stitch, if you don't have one, don't zig-zag, just use two rows of straight stitch, it holds better.  I cut the towels apart between the two colored threads and then wash them.

I try to wash them harder than they will be washed in real life.  So, hot water and regular agitation and throw them in the dryer.  Then I tell everyone I give them to that they should wash the towels in a delicate cycle, with warm water and then dry them flat...

I didn't add a hanging loop to these, although I did weave one on the inkle loom.  But they finished up nice.  I think they will wear well also, I sett them at 30 ends per inch and they feel sturdy.
The black "towel" will turn into a square mat to go on the table under a vase.  Since I am giving these towels to my son for his new house...I guess I had better buy a vase and some flowers, too.  

I started teaching a Rigid Heddle weaving class, and the shop is using Cricket Looms.  What a great little tool.   I have a Rigid Heddle loom and have woven on it off and on for years, but I had not woven on this new loom.  This is the scarf that I designed to test the loom.

 I threaded 2 strands of Rowan Pure Wool in brown and one strand of Mountain Colors Teton in gold.  I love the Mountain Colors yarns, yes they are pricey, but only one skein gave me this great scarf.
The scarf finished up soft and wonderful to have around your neck.  It makes me want to get more yarn and make another!

I plan to make some more Rigid Heddle projects, both for examples in the class and to try the new things that are coming out for them...have you seen the great direct warping method, it's great.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A New Year and a New Start

I had thought that my first entry of the year would be a great total of last year's weaving and sparkling new work started for this year...

It didn't work out that way.  I have not taken pictures of the looms for the new year (except for the Bergman which you saw decorated for Christmas and not set up for weaving) and I have not even been able to finish the two towel warps for a photo shoot.

I feel like my body has been wanting to hibernate.  I wake up at a good time...6 or 7 in the morning..I might even get up and do something, but I often end up going back to bed and sleeping for a couple more hours.   No...I am getting to bed at a normal time at 10:30 or 11 usually.  I can't believe that some nights I am sleeping around the clock!  Is it the cold and dark weather?  Will it improve if I get in the sun for a few hours?  What do I need to do to get back on track?

Christmas put away.  Lace and flowers are out.
I have been doing some weaving, getting ready for a couple of classes to start.  For my first two classes, I needed to empty two looms and put on a new warp for each of them.  The first one needs a doubleweave sampler,  for the students to see the techniques and the second one needs a rigid heddle project showing the starting header and weaving.  I had to weave off the overshot sampler to get the doubleweave on,  I finally gave up and just cut off the warp.  I wove 3 samplers to add to the overshot class, but I just didn't want to spend the time to weave the whole warp and I have to put the doubleweave sample on today for class tonight.  The rigid heddle loom had a finger manipulated lace warp that had been on for a couple of years.  Now that I am teaching a RH class, I need to do some more work on that loom.  I put on the second pillow from two I started years ago.  Of course I ran out of yarn, it is no longer available, so I had to find a substitute that I could use to finish the piece...so many times I buy yarns for a great idea, then I don't get to it or redesign it later and I am no longer able to get more of the yarn...  

I was late getting things done for this class, because the furnace went out in the studio, due to holidays off there was no one to get a repair man in.  I did spend one day working, but the temperature in the studio was 38 degrees so I was not working very fast.  I put a small space heater by where I was working, but the cold was in the floors and the treadles and it was not fun weaving, and I did not spend the time cleaning up for class that I needed to do.  So I was not ready for the first class, and to top it off the weather was bad and we only held a short class so we could all get home before the roads got icy.  (The furnace was back on before I had students in so at least we were warm in class.)  Now a week later we have had temperatures in the 40's and 50's so the snow is almost gone and the ice problems are also gone for a while.  (Climate change is giving us very weird weather...)

I am excited for the things I have on the looms, I enjoy weaving when I sit down and do it, but I feel lethargic...I know what my son would tell me..."get up and go to the gym, work it out of you" and I do agree with him, but I also look at the bed and it looks like a better idea!!...

The local weaver's guild had a great meeting.  We did a zig-zag braid on a kumi himo plate and the teacher showed several members how to warp their inkle looms.  We ended up with 5 to 7 inkle looms.  I brought mine, but just talked with friends instead of doing anything on it.
I did get a nice braid worked on with the plate, however.
Isn't the braid great?
I put a warp on the next day.

The cotton ribbon that I put on the inkle loom the next day will be the perfect hanging loop for the black and white towels.  I used the same yarn and a similar stripe pattern.  I did the shortest warp I could on my inkle, and I finished it the week after the meeting.  I haven't taken it off, but had fun weaving on that little loom.  Maybe I should do another ribbon out of the linen for the other set of towels!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

End of the Year Projects

As the year comes to a close, I am finishing up some things and wishing I was having better luck with some of them.  

I joined a SAL/KAL (I showed you the roving here Nov 24), it has been fun and disappointing.  I really loved spinning the yarn.  I pre-drafted and spliced the roving to give short color changes at the first of the project where the knitting rows were short and long color changes where the rows were longer.  This worked, but as I was knitting, I wished I had spent more time getting a more consistent yarn.  
Nice striping and no pooling of color.
Actually after knitting, the variations are not that bad, just while you are knitting it is so close and you notice all the little loose or tight spots.
The lace pattern was ok, but I wondered about binding off with the large needle,  I tend to knit so loosely anyway.  Sure enough the edge ruffled and looked funny.

Even after blocking, the edge was still loose, but it looks much better.

You know how it is, sometimes the project is better than you imagined, sometimes it is just finished!

And there there is the unfinished.  I have a loom sitting in my living room that is waiting for me to sand, oil and get it working.  It has been that way for over a year...so what do you do with it???
Yes, you decorate it!
On the weaving front, there have been some little problems with the warps I have been working on.  I have two tea towel warps and both of them have been giving me grief.  The first is on a loom at the PCH studio.  I designed the plaid to use some yarns...more white, tiny amount of red.  After I designed the plaid, I wound it on the warp board...half way through I realized that I was only adding one red stripe in the block instead of two...actually half had one stripe and half had two (but not evenly).  So when the warp was in the raddle, I added warps to make all the blocks have two red stripes.  Problem number one corrected. 
After I had threaded and sleyed, I noticed 2 black threads hanging down and, sure enough, there was a black block with 11 threads instead of 13...so...rethread and resley.  (Fortunately, it was next to the last black stripe, so not so bad.)
Re-threading the warp
I wove a small start of the piece before I had to go home, and it looks like the twill is good.  I threaded a basket weave at the selvedges...not sure how I like that, we will see.

The other towel warp is on the Baby Wolf at home, I can work on this one this week while I'm home for the holiday.  I'm using #10 linen singles and although it worked fine for a narrow warp I wove earlier, this wider warp is having trouble shredding and breaking at the selvedge.  It started when I wound the warp twice as long and folded it to warp it on.  When I do this method, I end up with crosses on each end and so I pull the warp through lease sticks as I wind back to front.  With this singles, I think dry spun, yarn...I developed fuzz balls at the cross.

So I had to watch the cross carefully and clean out the fuzz balls when they developed.  

I have been thinking a lot about huck lace, so I designed a towel where I could put huck in the stripe, or alternate it in the squares.  This way I will have several related but different designs for the towels.  

I started weaving with a single color weft for the first towel.  With singles linen, I often wet the weft so that it makes a better selvedge, and after testing, this yarn needs to be wet for a better edge.  The problem is the the edge is fraying badly.  Maybe I should plan on a plyed yarn for the edges when I use a singles linen.  I will also try wetting the warp as I weave to strengthen the edge threads.

For this first towel, I am weaving the huck in the body, but not in the gold stripes.

Do you notice the reed stripes.  I have threaded this yarn 2 per dent in a 10 dent reed.  I hope the spacing is less noticeable after washing.  Maybe I should have done 1 per dent in a 20 dent reed.  

After I had woven some and was winding the warp on, I noticed one side go loose...I was afraid that I had done something wrong in the winding...bad tension or something....But it was the tie-on rod getting stuck, I was lucky this time.  We'll see how the tension at the end of the warp is with plain weave in some areas and huck in others...!!!


Tie-on rod getting struck on the side piece.
Speaking of loom things, do you tie the brake pedal on your Baby Wolf higher or lower than the treadles.
I tie mine lower.
After these two warp, I think...all I want for Christmas is a warp that goes on easily, no counting errors, weaves like a dream and gives me a WOW finished product.   Not too much to ask for, is it!!??