I finished my last towel in our twill round robin class. It seems appropriate that it’s the holiday design. This was a plain weave with twill trees. It’s quite cute. I thought I would be really bored with the plain weave but found the challenge to be keeping an even beat. I’m curious to see how it looks once it’s washed.
That’s the project for the long weekend – hem and wash most of the towels that I’ve woven over the past few months. I picked up another 6 of them at class last night, there are still a few more to come off of the looms.
This was a wonderful opportunity for all of the weavers in Pam’s class. It’s one thing to look at a draft and envision what your weaving might look like but to be able to weave something different every week has been wonderful. I photographed each project as I did it and now have a reference for 11 drafts and a vision for future projects.
Initially in class we talked about having 11 towels to give away for Christmas but as I looked (and felt) them last night I was thinking I wasn’t ready to let them go.
I had lost track of time and realized (yesterday) that I was a week off in getting my loom ready for the class round robin. I left work early to get the loom slayed and tied off. I have to admit I always love the way the loom looks at this point.
It is warped in a 5/2 unmercerized cotton. Once that was done I had 3 hours to weave my 27″ before I could move on to the next loom. The pattern is called “Crooked Check” from Margaret B. Windeknecht’s Color and Weave II. It’s a straight twill and was fun and quick to weave.
I kept getting a little confused using two shuttles in a different way than I do with the overshot. With overshot you use two different shuttles for every row you weave, with this it was 4 rows of white, 4 rows of blue. That may be the inherent problem in weaving two totally different projects at the same time. About two hours into it I was getting the hang of it.
I did my 27 inches in the alloted time and was very pleased with the results. This pattern is so cute, it looks like little snail trails.
The round robin project is perfect for me. I love hand-woven towels, they get better each time you wash them but I find them insufferably boring to weave. I was a little tired of this by the time I finished it. I would have been able to weave a second one but by then I would have been done with it. Next week I will pick another loom, another project without having to warp it. Sweet!