So I started with my bucket of yarn and the intention to make cloth suitable for a carpet bag. I used most of my assorted colours of yarn to make a stripey warp, and for the weft I had some dark brown…
…and some even darker green. I am not sure ‘green’ is really the right word as there is quite a lot going on in it,
but it definitely gave me a feeling of dark-green-ness. I didn’t mix the two colours up together but just wove with the brown until I ran out, then wove with the green until I ran out. Which was just as the apron rod was about to peek over the back beam.
I then used a few odds and ends of the warp yarns to weave the last little bit, enjoying that thrill you get when you’re weaving yardage to be fulled and don’t have to finish off the ends at the selvedges.
On Sunday we had beautiful weather and nowhere we needed to be. So I washed the web in a sink of hand-hot water and woolite, squeezed out as much of the excess water as I could and then took the cloth, a table and a chair out into the garden for a one-woman waulking.
(No, I didn’t sing, I listened to TMS and the thrilling end of the thrilling first test. Thanks for that, Jimmy Anderson and Brad Haddin!) As I had failed to invite a posse of friends round to share the process, I just worked my along the cloth and back again until I thought I didn’t want it to get any smaller. Then I laid it out flat to dry indoors — I was going to block it, but then I just didn’t. I went and had a beer in the garden instead.
Much pressing has since taken place and I am really happy with how it has turned out. The difference between the two wefts is now much less pronounced. One of these is brown and one is green — if you can’t guess then take a look at the file names.
There is actually a very clear line where I switched from one to the other, but my photo of it came out completely blurred. I have plenty for a bag in each colour, should I wish to make more than one attempt. The fine turquoise yarn is a worsted so it hasn’t felted but is well trapped by the woollen yarns. It is not quite as visible as I had hoped, though, so perhaps after all it wasn’t such a good idea to have the finer yarn… but as I didn’t have enough of the original it wasn’t a serious option.
There is one little bit where I haven’t managed the fulling perfectly evenly and you can see the bulge at the edges.
At which point I realise that stripes were a poor choice for this experiment! I will either have to sort that out or, since it is near the end, ignore that bit and cut my bag from the straight parts. I know which way my thoughts are tending.
And the bucket now looks like this:
Full marks for the stash-busting part of the assignment, Cally.