Last October I dressed my countermarch Hollandia loom
for a Tencel/Merino shawl.
I had hoped to finish weaving it before moving,
but I didn't make it.
The loom was moved with the shawl warp still
on the loom.
Fast forward eleven months later,
and I just finished weaving this shawl.
The warp was an 8/2 Tencel in ruby,
along with a variegated red 8/2 Tencel yarn
from the Yarn Barn in Kansas.
The weft was a 2/10 Merino/Tencel yarn in black,
alternating with the ruby 8/2 red Tencel.
The sett on this was 16 epi.
things I learned from weaving this-
when playing with color changes for a color and weave effect,
watch how the color shifts.
I learned to make my stripes odd numbers
to retain the color and weave background that I wanted.
Thankfully I caught this after just a couple of inches
of throwing my shuttles,
so it was an easy fix to unweave that section
and begin again!
I haven't woven a shawl in ages, so I was excited about this one.
When I cut it off my loom, it felt a little stiff,
so I was rather anxious about that.
After a gentle soaking,
and air drying outside on a rack,
it softened up.
It feels wonderful :-)
Now I need to buy a special pin to hold it in place....
On one of my Baby Wolf looms,
I had a cheery yellow and spring green warp going.
I set this up for an open weave with a loose sett.
This past weekend I finished weaving the cloth.
I like how the novelty yarns give this a seersucker appearance.
I think that it will make an interesting jacket/vest.
On my other Baby Wolf loom,
I finished weaving the apricot/beige/brown warp.
(Yes, I had a marathon weaving session this past weekend!)
This was a tighter sett,
with fewer novelty yarns.
The weft is an unpretentious 8/2 unmercerized cotton in natural.
Now, I really need to find a vest pattern that I like,
so that I can sit down to sew these!
On the spinning side of things,
I'm starting to spin some luscious BFL from Greenwood Fiberworks
in their Arcade colorway.
I've been stuck for a few days on the next section of my improv sampler quilt.
And then yesterday I had a breakthrough,
that I thought of while cycling.
While I cycle next to a lovely river,
I dream of weaving/quilting/spinning projects.
So today will be a sewing day....
Life is good.
Here's hoping that you have time for fiber/fabric today,