A snippet of the warp which went on a few days ago – all 6 metres of it! Fine 2 ply variegated wool warp tied up for an 8 shaft satin weave. Haven’t woven satin weave structure before so thought I’d better sample it before I get too far. Very interesting – sturdy but retaining a nice handle and feel – it will make a fantastic structured, shaped jacket – just not entirely sure about the stripes. Yarn is very sticky too so am going to have to go very slowly and keep an eye out for skips. Would like to get this length finished over the study break – thank goodness I have until February!
Waiting for a sunny day to take a photo of the latest warp, but that isn’t going to happen any time soon! So here it is – warp number 3 for 2017 – 6 metres of variegated wool in a 1/3 twill threading with a few thin stripes of 3/1 to give a contrast (along with a nice effect on the underside). Another fabric length to add to my stash with enough to do a jacket with a peplum – I can actually picture this one’s design, so hopefully it lives up to expectations.
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.
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.