Feeding the sampling addiction

Weave, cut-off, finish, tinker, weave, cut-off, finish, tinker… I enjoy this so much!

huck square samples finished

My first double huck efforts in lambswool came up beautifully soft and plump, and the lace is still reasonably lacy. However, the plain weave is a bit congested so I decided to open up the sett a little more and leave an empty dent between units to emphasise the holes.

huck resleyed

On the loom it looks ridiculously open, but the wool does its thing and after the lightest of finishing it is quite transformed. Here’s a comparison between the sample I washed last night and the one on the loom today.

huck sampling compared

Of course, one idea just leads to another… and another… This is the piece I have just cut off.

huck spots and squares

I’ve no idea what shape this will adopt when it’s washed, but I am looking forward to finding out. I’m afraid you will have to wait for the denouement as I am about to put my loom in a suitcase and take it to France. I am lucky enough to have the opportunity of learning new tricks from Marian Stubenitsky (of Echo and Iris) and – in honour of Stuart’s birthday on Sunday – the trip has been augmented with a few days in Paris for us both. It’s just a shame there is no room in my bag for anything to wear, but we all know the loom comes first.

Feeding the sampling addiction” was posted by Cally on 1 May 2015 at http://callybooker.co.uk

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5 Responses

  1. Alice

    Lovely samples! Fun, isn’t it?

    • Cally


  2. charlene Schurch

    That is just so beautiful. Is the draft your own? Is there a citation – would love to play with it myself. Do you share drafts?

    • Cally

      Hi Charlene, glad you like! I haven’t found anything published so I am making this up as I go, I mean, researching it for myself 🙂
      I do plan to share this but so far it is only scribbled on scrappy bits of paper…

  3. neki rivera

    lovely! so many possibilities here.