Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Things wear out... and this is my re-placemat

I love my placemats. I have had them for as long as I can remember. I think I bought them in the 1990s from a small shop in Roscoe, NY. I remember vividly the day... a bright, sunny summer day. It was a roadtrip that probably included a visit to dear (now departed) friends Mark and Wanda. I have used them at least once a week for all these years, and sadly they are looking a little tired. (As am I).

With my new-to-me 14" Structo I warped with colors as close as I could get. Who knows how much the colors have faded over the years... and this is my latest project. The weft is Mop Cotton and they go rather quickly. 2 down, 6 to go. Just realized though that I don't have enough room on the beam, so I either have to make an unexpected cut, with some warp loss, or try to figure out a way to add an extension on the beam....

I am thinking that if I find a really long screw I can add an inch in height??? yeeks... it may be better to cut.

With each new project comes a new problem, learning as i go.

Memory lane

Taking a trip, and exploring found objects, memories woven into cloth...
Old daisy lace, old DAT tap, and my first attempt at spinning wool.

Four Kitchen Towels

Finished weaving my first real project, a kit of classic striped dishtowels designed by Joanne Hall using 8/2 unmercerized cotton. This kit came with the warp already pre-wound and ready to put onto the loom. Discovered the problem with kits, if you have a warp problem, and I did, there is no extra! and the end was a trick as I was short on the red. Found a similar red and wove that in, hopefully no one will notice!. Great practice for my selvages. and I used a temple for the first time. The temple helped a lot!