To date this project took me the longest to complete. I started it the first week in August and took it off of the loom last week. It’s stunning and the photographs do not do it justice, you have to feel it. Wool, there’s nothing quite like it.
Initially I did twisted fringe for a finish and HATED it. So I took it all out and got out my Weaver’s Companion – almost on the last page they had directions for a woven edge and I knew this was it. Very easy to do and it’s clean. I thought the geometry of the piece called for a clean edge and it also tightened everything up at the beginning and end.
As I probably have posted this color combination came as somewhat of a surprise. I was using yarn that I had. When I got to the center I found two other colors in the weave studio I thought would work and kept weaving on.
I love that moment when you cut your warp threads at the end of a project and release the breast beam – the project rolls off and you get your first look at the project as a whole. I was so please with this.
It’s finished dimension is 24″x 36″. From every angle it looks wonderful. I have to tell you that I don’t think this will be spending any time on the floor. I’ll keep moving it around until it finds its home. This is one project that won’t be given away.
Today I hit the halfway point in my little weaving project. A friend’s comment,”Simple to warp, forever to weave” was right on target with this one.
To make my life a little easier I numbered the three shuttles that I am using to correspond with the treadles I use while weaving. Krokbragd, done on three shafts, is threaded 3,2,1,2,3. The tie ups are 1-2, 2-3, 1-3. One pick really consists of throwing all three of the shuttles in sequence – you just treadle 1-2-3 over and over again. This allows each of the warp threads to be covered by the weft. It is very densely packed, requires a heavy beat and takes forever to do quite honestly.
I’m using Harrisville Shetland for the weft of this mat and have to go through the treadling sequence 32 times to make the 1 1/2 inches for each color sequence. Next time I will use a heavier wool but this has woven up beautifully. I thought I’d be crazy with boredom going from overshot to this but I have to tell you this whole process is fascinating and ripe with possibilities. As usual I’m planning out the next project while weaving this one.
Handwoven magazine has a number of issues over the years with krokbragd projects. This mat is one of them. I like to have good instructions when I learn a new structure. Usually by the time I’m finished with it I have enough of an understanding to begin to run with it. Sampling always seems to come second with me.
A YouTube video called Talking Threads 17 Krokbragd explains the whole process really well for those of you who are really interested in this structure. I found it really helpful.
The problem with learning a new structure is my unbridled enthusiasm. It’s a problem because I just jump in and figure things out as I go. This can be good but at times it’s not so good.
The mat that I’m weaving comes from an older weaving magazine. Although I had spent a couple of weeks reading up on the process I neglected to actually read the instructions of the project I was weaving. I had yarn, in various colors, I figured I was good. I figured I’d just wing it, decide as I was going along. Uhm, yeah. That worked until I realized – four colors in – that some of them repeated and I was going to have to make it all work when I got to the center and worked my way back through the color scheme. I thought there were 9 colors in the pattern but it turns out there are only 6. What I had with me for yarn was not going to work.
I spent some time during my last session going through the yarn available. I’m fortunate that the last two colors don’t really require a lot of yardage so I picked two skeins from Pam’s stash.
I’m pretty excited about how I envision it looking at this point. It also showed me how much planning has to go into the weaving of these Scandinavian treasures. I didn’t plan at all and now realize that maybe I should have. I guess that’s what class is all about for me, learning what the important things are for each particular structure and dreaming about the possibilities.