skipping into the second decade

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A big thank you to all the people who entered my ‘anniversary giveaway‘ over the last week. The winner is Denice McMechan from Canada, and the blue scarf will be on its way to her first thing on Monday morning. (In the interests of transparency, I have described the draw process here.)

Meanwhile, I have gone from buzzing to skipping — going from one manifestation of my double weave thoughts to another in a thoroughly non-linear fashion. The linear ideas I mentioned have been percolating while I wove the warp with all the mistakes in it.

This is the sort of thing I’ve been playing at:

lambswool sampling

The threading is networked, but the treadling is in discrete blocks. The yarn here is quite a thick lambswool so the fabric is pretty chunky. I would probably choose a finer yarn ‘for real’ but the thick yarn is great for testing a concept — it weaves up so quickly! I am very happy with the way this is developing.

The next warp is taking me back to the linear maps. I’m using a 60/2 silk doubled and mainly want to see (a) how I should set it and (b) the weight of cloth I get from it. The colours are just ones I happen to have, though I do quite like them together.

silk warp

Amazingly, I managed to wind four bouts on the warping mill without any mistakes! That’s right: I didn’t make a mistake until I was planning my threading. Then I forgot one of the bouts and planned for three instead of four. Honestly. I was, so I thought, nearly a third of the way through the threading, and seemed to have an awful lot of warp left… The revised plan is a straight draw. Take that, loom goblins.

skipping into the second decade” was posted by Cally on 7 Dec 2013 at

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4 Responses

  1. Meg
    | Reply

    Congrats to the winner.

  2. Margery
    | Reply

    That lambswool is so pretty!

  3. Alice
    | Reply

    Nice, the way that red thread peeps in and out.

  4. Sandra Rude
    | Reply

    I’m with Alice – those red threads make the design so exciting just by popping up infrequently, like a drummer in a marching band who has to run to catch up and keeps bumping into the rows in front.

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