We all know that nature abhors an empty loom, and I do too – especially when it is sitting right next to me. Now that I am privileged to have two floor looms I have to work a bit harder to keep them both occupied. The silk scarves are proceeding nicely on the Megado, but I didn’t like the sight of the Delta sitting there naked so I have been back on the floor tying up for some more 8-shaft echo weave.
I wasn’t specifically going for the “how far away from silk can I get” look, but this warp in natural and pink hemp is probably a good contender. Even sleyed for echo weave — almost but not quite as dense as double cloth — it comes in at 20 epi. I have been trying it out with a cottolin weft and that seems to be a good match: it is a little bit finer and a little more supple, but it still has an unpolished look and feel. Here’s my little sample piece (and a threading error, oops — hence the pin and the two corrected ends on the surface):
I really like the deep orangey cottolin with the pink hemp so that is probably the future for this warp. It’s a narrow cloth (I wound until I ran out of the pink) and it will contract quite a bit more when it is wet finished, but that makes me think I could make one of these bags from Doni’s blog tutorial.