In Between, or what to do next

The warp is off the loom, 2 scarves, and 1 piece that will become a small bag, are washed, pressed, waiting for finishing.   I was trying to recapture a piece woven in 2006. It was a fluke that it was ever woven.  Really, would you try this?  Looked totally ugly and I only had a small amount of warp left.  What could I lose in just trying it?  It’s the background in the header above.  Loved it.

Mult tabby draft

Not that I keep records but I was pretty sure the 60/2 silk was sett at 48 epi, so I just launched into weaving, testing colors.  Settling on a 60/2 slate blue (the reds just were soooo dominant) I slogged through ten inches and thought, my, this is taking a long time.  Details.  The 60/2 was weaving at 70 picks per inch (dominant reds, duh.).  Yea, that takes awhile.  Determined, I did finish that one scarf.  Did I want to resley?  No.  I just used a fatter yarn, this time a cashmere in black, and I changed the treadling.  Then, for the last stretch of the warp I chose a 10/2 cotton, knowing it would be a much less drapable fabric.  There was just enough warp to make a small bag.  Did it turn out as I pictured? No, because there was not enough warp that Nancy Roberts had dyed for me  a black silk was used as every other warp thread.  That really toned down the warp colors.

Black cotton weft
Black cotton weft

Cashmere weft
Cashmere weft

Slate blue weft
Slate blue weft

Should I finish the bag?   That means getting into inkle weaving and I am a pure novice.  Black hole of time.  How about ignoring the finishing for now and instead turning to kumihimo and make a braid for the lovely ornament I bought on Sunday–the yarn is from my beloved stash.

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Or…. I could work on the ??? projects that are sitting on the work table waiting for idle hands, the lampas pillows, or the silk cardweaving, or the cotton top in 4 color double weave……

I think I’ll eat lunch.

One thought on “In Between, or what to do next”

  1. Which do you like, the blue slate weft or the cashmere? Both look very nice!

    Make the bag – you don’t have to make a strap on an inkle loom. There are many other options like card weaving, kumihimo braiding or a simple 4 strand braid.

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