Yes, as promised, here is the Delta, free of her 9 month burden of the 20/2 pillow case warp. Fraternal twins! I could not torture myself longer and just cut them off without any additional hem weaving.
I am very happy with the results though and the cases are soft, drapey and I can hardly wait to change sheets this week and put them on!
The diamond pattern shrunk as expected and made a soft crepe like fabric. I wish you could all feel the hand on these. I only did a very light pressing. I suppose I could have gone hot with steam and starch for photos but it seemed silly. These are not meant to either look or feel like a cotton percale case.
Now, I would make changes. As I have said before, 20/2 and I just aren't going to meet again for a while and certainly not in something that is 25 inches wide. Next round I will use a 10/2 or 12/2 unmercerized cotton for warp. The second thing I think I will do is NOT weave the hems. I rather like the idea of the woven body of the case with a pretty commercial cotton fabric hem. There are a couple of reasons for that. One is the hand woven fabric doubled is rather heavy and the other is, I just love some of the prints I could go with. I also think this arrangement could extend the life of the case itself. Most cases wear at the hem folds. If the fabric gets worn I can easily replace it and save the woven pillow body.
Now pretty much sewing, weaving and knitting is at a standstill. This is one of the worst colds I think I have ever had. Slow moving too. I had made a Dr.s appointment before the holidays for next Tuesday and Boy, am I glad I did. I should be a stunning patient dragging my red eyes and snotty nose in for a check up with a new to me physician. :)
Parting shot: Please, please, PLEASE Pick Me Up!