Thursday, March 04, 2010

Learn Something New

As a rank beginner at weaving, I have committed to learning something new or different with each project, building upon previous experiences.

My loom is a simple one (Schacht Flip-rigid heddle) and I am already considering some of the possibilities like adding a second heddle.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. . .

I was contemplating some nice cotton dishtowels, and even got so far as to partially warp with 4 strands of a lovely denim marl (10/1) and thought better of it. Actually, I decided that learning experince was best kept for another day.

I bought a bunch (and I do mean a bunch) of cotton chenille during a couple of the Great Cone Sales at Webs. I have never been there in person, which is probably a Very Good Thing as I can do plenty of damage right here at my computer!

This dark green and cream is only a fraction of the chenille I have on hand.

I warped the Flip with 8 green on each edge with groups of 4 cream-4 green) between for about 20" (which I expect to pull in to at least 18" when I cut it off).

Now here's the learning bit: I know that I do not want to fringe this chenille, so after I wove the header (recognize that yucky gold ack? That's the last of it ::whew::) I hemstitched and wove an additional 2" with crochet cotton for a hem.

I don't remember where I picked up this tip, but it seemed to make sense. The hem area will be less bulky. Stay tuned!


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