A few weeks ago I met a long time friend on the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls. As a gardener I am always amazed at this wonderful place.
I posted this photograph after shooting my way along the bridge and a fellow weaver used it as color inspiration. I thought I would as well. (Of course hers was finished within days of the picture going up).
I also decided to move out of the realm of safety and work with new materials, sort of. I’m using 20/2 mercerized cotton and a draft from Twill Thrills to make a scarf.
I did the math. Ordered the cotton. Did the math again. Then started winding the warp.
Truth be told this is my least favorite part of weaving and it took me three days to do it because there were a few moments when I just had to walk away.
I finally got it to the loom and threaded it. It’s an advancing twill pattern at 40 E.P.I. Yes, forty ends per inch. At this point I’m saying to myself “You must be out of your mind” but it got better . . .
I had 32 threads leftover at the end. Not usually a problem unless you decide to do graded colors, ugh. Not happy at this point. It was sort of a random twill so I decided to just to a repeat of part of the pattern and see how it turned out. At this point I was not going to rethread it.
Yesterday I began sleying the reed 4 threads per dent. I got halfway through and decided to break until this morning when the light was better. Finished an hour or so ago. I’ll tie it on, spend some time on the floor doing tie-ups and finally start weaving later today with any luck. Then I’ll be able to see what kind of mess I truly made and if I can live with it or start over.
The interesting part to me is the weavers I have that surround me, that inspire me. I weave with a woman who weaves nothing but twills. She threads her loom without a draft starting in the center and working her way to either edge designing it as she goes along. Her work is amazing. I felt like I was channeling her as I threaded all of those extra ends. I don’ begin to think I’m capable of doing what she does but it’s having weavers around me giving that inspiration. They’re all mentors without knowing it.
I think that’s what makes it so important to show and share your work – no matter what kind of work it is or what your skill level. You never know who you’re going to inspire.
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I just ordered the book Twill Thrills and it should be here Thursday. I love your colors and look forward to seeing your progress!!
I hear you on the warping thing. Plan, calculate, wind warp, thread, sley and then discover you haven’t achieved the plan. Re-thread, re-sley. Repeat until you get there.
Handwoven quite rightly points out that the best way to avoid threading errors is not to make them. For me that means avoiding working in low light or when I’m tired. That should reduce the error rate but I’m already a very slow worker so I’m not sure I can pull back on the pace, which would otherwise seem like a good idea.
Well I don’t think it was a threading error, it happened when I did the warp. We’ll see what happens 😉
Sorry, I must have misinterpreted your post.
It boils down to always being something. The most important thing is to learn from the mistakes and never, ever quit.
Your right we learn from each other no matter what your skill level. It always amazes me the the weaving of others from their color combinations to the finishing techniques they use.
Beautiful colors, and I love your header photo – pure heaven. 🙂
Absolutlely gorgeous colors! What a great idea to use a flower as a color inspiration.
I used to weave fine things a lot but not for years. I just finished dish towels at 20 epi….I feel your pain. But I am so happy with how they feel after washing – very dish towel-y!
Twills are so amazzing; I’m looking forward to seeing your choice pattern woven.
Gorgeous photos of flower inspirations and threads at the various stages of production.
I love the color 😉 beautiful work! Cheers!