Finished and photographed

Well, I am still tunnelling through the marking mountain, fuelled chiefly by caffeine and carbohydrates. I wouldn’t say the end is in sight yet, but I am nearer the end than the beginning. Or, possibly, going round in circles. But we did take a couple of hours at the weekend to hang up the double cloth yardage and take some pictures.

It proved to be more challenging than we really wanted given the time constraints… The total length is 3.6m, but we couldn’t capture more than a couple of metres at a time which limits the amount of variation which is visible.

The best angle for maximum viewing length is on the diagonal, thus:

Firth of Tay diagonal

Although we also quite liked the pleated-excess-on-the-floor look:


You can see more of the pattern (or get more of a hint of it, anyway) by folding the cloth back on itself and getting two lengths for the price of one:

Firth of Tay sideways

I’m really happy with the overall look, which is very much as I had imagined. I hadn’t imagined the texture close-up, though, and had rather a happy surprise. Did I mention I settled on a mid-grey bourette silk for the weft? It’s a rough textured singles yarn and the finished result is very lively. I’m not sure whether this close-up is close enough to show the wiggles in the twill… but I can assure you they’re there.

Firth of Tay detail

I’ve called it simply Firth of Tay. I need to get something else on the loom sharpish: don’t like it empty, no matter how much marking there is to do.

Finished and photographed” was posted by Cally on 27 Jan 2014 at

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14 Responses

  1. Sampling
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    Cally, It is absolutely stunning!

  2. Meg
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    Congratulations. Looks very interesting. On my screen I spot some pinkish bits but do they exist or is it just the long distance between Dundee and Nelson that’s playing tricks? Anyway, congrats on your patience to weave… urrr…. 7.2 meters!

    • Cally
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      The not-blue sections – where the warp is two strands of silver grey – do look a bit pinkish by comparison with the rest. I dithered before including them, but I am glad I did. How pink they appear seems to depend a lot on the monitor used!

  3. Pat Burns-Wendland
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    This is a magnificent piece of cloth. Congratulations! I absolutely love your work.

    I tried to include my website but your site would not take it.

    • Cally
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      Oh dear, sorry about that, Pat. It must be having an over-zealous protective moment. I shall speak to it softly.

  4. Margery
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    Wiggles in the twill are something very near and dear to my heart. A very exciting and beautiful piece of cloth, Cally!

  5. Margreet
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    Wow! Love it.

  6. Barbara
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    Cally, this is truly stunning!

  7. Bonnie Inouye
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    This is a success, most definitely. It is beautiful and it captures what you wanted to show. Excellent!

  8. Sandra Rude
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    It’s wonderful. You should be very proud of yourself!

  9. neki rivera
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    what a great cloth! you should be happy and pleased with it.

  10. Alice in Richmond
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    What a beautiful thing handwoven cloth is. Stunning

  11. Martha
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    Cally, not sure what view captures the piece perfectly because I love them all. Beautiful, simply beautiful

  12. Elisabeth Mueller
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    Very nice Cally. I really enjoy your blogpost. Will you dare to cut it up for a garment? Or what will it be?

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