Just realised I hadn’t posted a final picture of the first fabric for 2017 – this has a beautiful, springy, bouncy feel and will look great in a snug waistcoast or jacket for the cooler months.
Very happy with the second fabric length off the loom this year – I know it doesn’t sound much, but it’s part of my 2017 commitment to keep weaving while I’m studying fulltime – and it’s working! The 1/3, 3/1 twill structure has given a length of fabric with 2 different faces which gives possibilities for matching cuffs or collar or even panels. I added a fine boucle yarn in areas in the warp, but in hindsight I should have just kept it with the straight wool, as the texture doesn’t show enough to be worth the problems it gave me.
The second warp for this semester is wound on the back beam and ready to thread up. Couldn’t wait to start weaving to put up a photo as I fell in love as soon as I saw it on the back beam. The warp is a combination of 7 different woollen yarns wound randomly in pairs and I am thrilled with the overall look. I will weave it as a 1/3 twill to retain the beautiful look of the variegated threads using Adobe Alpaca’s baby alpaca and silk yarn in Peacock as the weft.
Earlier this year I made, not a resolution (because they can bring too much pressure), but an intention – to keep up my weaving while studying. Last year – my first year of study – very little came off the loom, and I felt it was important not to lose sight of my love of weaving, and the main inspiration for my degree study. This is the first project completed just a week into Semester One – a length of handwoven fabric – and the 2nd warp is ready to be wound on the loom, so on track so far! Long may it continue. I am very pleased with how this length has turned out. Warp is fine merino boucle with a wool weft and supplementary warp threads of a ribbon with similar hues. It has a lovely handle and is lofty without being heavy – it will make a beautiful waistcoat or perhaps a lined jacket.
It’s been a while, but at last I have some time to weave before I start back to study in a few weeks. The weave structure is polychrome summer and winter in 20/2 cotton with my favourite Adobe Alpaca silk/alpaca for the weft. The actual weaving is taking no time at all – it’s going to end up 17″x17″ as part of a group exhibition – but it has been a very long time in the planning, design and warping up of 540 warp ends. Probably should have made it longer than a 1.5 metre warp to make all the work worthwhile, but didn’t have enough yarn, so an awful lot of work for a small piece. C’est la vie!