Stripey Goodness

This is a commission that I’ve started on, which I realize now I’m a smidge more than halfway through.

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I had a hard time coming up with this color pattern, and at first I was not entirely happy with it. But man, I love it now.

 

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This weft made me love this warp even more. I love it so much, I want to wind another identical warp. Because the stripes are pretty bold, I kept the woven pattern simple to balance things out.

 

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I’m still fascinated and surprised that you can put yarns on this contraption and get cloth out of it.

 

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This was the second towel – purple warp.

 

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Beginning of the third towel: green warp. Still in love with this project, and I still want to weave more of it.

 

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It’s always interesting to see what a weft color does to the warp. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to predict the results, which is delightful.

 

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Closeup of the transition between the purple weft and the green weft. Looks like I didn’t beat quite as hard as I should have in the hem, but once washed, it’ll be fiiiiine.

 

I can’t wait to see how these will turn out after they’ve been washed!

 

If anyone is interested in buying towels like these or have any questions, please let me know in a comment. These are $45 each, and should last many years. I can also weave runners to a specified length, and soon I’ll have napkins available.

Weaving is where it’s at

Currently, the obsession is weaving! Honestly, there’s no better feeling than starting out with basically string, and unwinding long lengths of beautiful cloth at the end.

Last year, I bought six cones of brightly colored 10/2 mercerized cotton with the intention of weaving my good friend Lee some OMGBRIGHTNESS for her kitchen. I came up with a plan for three warps using two colors each, and then the four remaining colors would be used as the weft. That way, I would end up using just about the same amount of yarn off each cone, I’d have fairly short warps, I’d end up with a dozen towels, and I’d certainly learn things along the way about color, beaming the warp (always need more practice), different threadings and treadlings…

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The Cones of Brightness!

And after several weeks (there were a few interruptions – you know, knitting just happens…you can’t control it), I ended up with these:

That’s nearly 10 1/2 yards of cloth total after washing. I’m beyond thrilled with how these turned out – I had no idea it would be this colorful. Actually, I’m not sure what I thought I’d end up with, just something not quite this magnificent. I learned a lot about color and beat and tie-ups, and I want desperately to weave several of these towels again because I love them so much!

Also, I’m really, really inspired to start saving the waste yarn (I think I read somewhere that they’re called ‘thrums’? I’m not sure…) and make paper! Oh yes. You’ve heard of ‘cotton rag’ and ‘linen rag’ in reference to types of paper? Those are actually made of cotton and linen rags. Isn’t that cool? You take cotton or linen (or both) scraps, cut or rip them up into very small pieces, put a bit in a blender with plenty of water (a blender you’re never going to use for food!), whiz it up until it’s a pulp, and now you have paper pulp.

But. I’m getting ahead of myself (as usual). When I actually make paper, you’ll be the first to know!