Today I have an unexpected slice of time to myself and I am under the weather. How weird to spend and morning dozing in bed! Anyway I’m up now, with only a short time until Kindergarten pick up…. so here I am, ready to update you on some of my textile work.
Recently I reached a milestone in a long standing project. This cloth was handwoven by me, using yarn spun by me from fleeces that I washed and prepared.
The warp was a fine yarn that I spun from a beautiful dark grey fleece. There were no warp breakages at all, which is very pleasing. The weft is spun a bit fatter and was from a light brown/oatmeal coloured fleece.
I fulled the cloth in the bathtub, using my feet to stomp it – grape style! The resulting cloth is lightly and evenly fulled. When I consulted my weaving buddies about whether I should have another fulling session they all voted NO. The cloth is light and has a good amount of drape.
So, next stop…. sewing. I need to gather a bit of courage first.
Last year my partner went to Finland on business and trekked all over Helsinki looking for presents to bring home for us. He got it 100% correct for me with some hand dyed merino, a couple of weaving books and a Marimekko bag. A good fella.
The yarn wrapped at about 21 wraps per inch and I sett it at 16 – which is closely spaced for plain weave but it worked really well with the fine mill spun wool that I used for the weft.
The idea is to let the colours of the handspun take prominence and I think it worked very well.
I borrowed two inkle looms from my guild and each one had wobbly pegs. Maybe my tension was too high? I also ended up with a sore shoulder from changing sheds so I feel my technique can’t be right. Anyway, I glued the pegs back in and returned the looms to the guild. My inkle itch has been dealt with for the time being.
I am working on other stuff too (always!):
My sock knitting has been continuing. Currently I’m working on my third pair, this time with a handspun Border Leicester.
I have a Very Big Project underway. Currently I’m in the wash, dye, prep, spin phase… with an emphasis on PREP. I’ve borrowed a drum carder from a friend and need to get it back to her as soon as I can… the carrot dangling in front of me is that I wont test out her collection of Majacraft spinning wheels until all my carding is completed… and boy o boy and I busting to test her wheels.
I will try and put together a post about this project as soon as I can.