|Looks pretty silly with the raddle but it works!|
It will be a 70+ inch runner and I think I can eek out maybe a towel or two or maybe double a weft and do placemats. We'll see. It's all 8/2 mercerized cotton, and I did my designing on the warp board and as I was threading. I love these earthy colors.
The deep blue green gives it such a nice pop. The weft is black.
I have other projects in the planning and working stage too. I want to do some weaving that looks like birch bark. I have always loved the contrast and texture of birch tree bark. For my birthday
|A perfect ending to yummy dinner with a best friend!|
And I am still lucky to have such a beautiful and thriving fiber shop local to me. The Web-ster's yarn collection is second to none and I've frequented a lot of yarn stores in my day and that includes the big place in MA. Dona and staff have curated a beautiful, ever changing selection of truly fine and unusual yarns along with many popular standards. And they carry a full line of Habu yarns, a weavers candy store. So I went to work on my wish list to make fiber birch bark. I had a high twist 8/2 warp cotton from my Dad's stash in natural. 8 yards are on the Fiona the pup at 15 epi at 16.5 inches.
For the main weft I am using Classic Elite's Seedling, an organic light worsted weight softball type yarn, assorted Habu yarns in cotton and linen papers and such and a cotton melange of birch like colors and textures by Filatura Di Crosa called Fancy Tempo.
Some other things jumped into the bag too for future inspiration. But here is the sampling happening so far.
The other project I've had on my mind is European style bath towels, smoother than our typical terry cloth and often made from fine linen. Now I just can't afford fine linen in bath towel quantity, but I can spring for hemp, also a bast product that shares many of the same properties of linen.
I bought these two beauties of 16/2 Romanian hemp from Lunatic Fringe.
I'm thinking a simple waffle weave pattern on 4 shafts, not too deep on the waffles with a sett just a bit sleazy ( on 8/2 cotton) since I don't want these towels to become too stiff. I want them pliable, the waffles will provide the absorbency. Pipe up if you've tried something like this please! This project will go on Nick the 40" Mac when the almost done hand towel warp comes off.
Last Saturday, the Murphy loom left for his new home down in Riverside California with a beginner weaver. I hope she loves and appreciates his weaving gifts as much as I did when I was learning my way around a loom. I had forgotten how dang heavy he is too. Solid oak and maple, they simply don't make them like they use to. But having the room opened up is nice,
especially with spring on its way....I hope.
Parting shot: Two handsome and well behaved gentleman. Obviously not my dogs!