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.
Weaving for an exhibition in 2016 is finally underway! 16 months in the planning, with 8 months left to go. It might sound a lot, but there is still so much to do. My handspun, Navajo-plied silk and merino (primaries by Fibre2Go, a gorgeous fibre to spin) features in the weft as a surface weft, along with 4 fine alpaca and silk colours in plain weave – a total of 5 shuttles to juggle in the weaving – not an easy feat.
Off the loom after a period of non-activity. It was worth the wait however – light weight with beautiful drape, rich colours and gorgeous texture due to handspun weft. Just need to take it to the next level in time for festival exhibition entry. Juggled 4 shuttles using a combination of plain weave (fine alpaca/silk) and 1/3 twill for the handspun yarns (1 a 2-ply, the other Navajo plied) so very slow weaving, but well worth it.