Friday, April 27, 2007

Other projects

I keep forgetting to cross-post from the other blogs I'm contributing to.

My ripple is finished! It's huge, and it's heavy, and it's done just in time for me to longer need to huddle under it. I'll see you again in the fall, lovely ripple.

And I still have all this stash left over. Now, granted, a lot of the stash was too bulky for the ripple, and some of it is for weaving, but still.

Good thing I'm still making grannies. I'm also blocking them, which I was reluctant to do at first because I didn't see the point, but boy does it make a difference. They're nice and flat, and uniform too. The ones on the table are blocked, the ones on the arm of the chair are not.

And finally, I now have two rows done on the tablecloth.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Towel number three

I finished the second towel and rearranged the way the harnesses are lifted when I step on the treadles. So here's towel number three, keeping the treadling order the same as the other two. I like this one a lot.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Pattern change

Ok, so I finally finished the first of my planned six towels. Now, the thing about weaving is that the pattern lies half in how you thread the heddles, and half in how you set up the treadling. The heddles are the metal thingies that each thread goes through. How it's lifted depends on which treadle it's attached to, and in which order.
These are the treadles. The white cords are attached to the shafts, which hold the heddles.

And here is me pressing down on treadle number 1 and attempting to take a picture of the result, which is that several of the shafts are raised, thus raising the threads in a certain way. When I then put my weft yarn through those threads and let the treadle back down, part of the pattern is created.

So what I did when I was done with the first towel was to reorder which shafts are raised when I push on a treadle. My treadling order is still the same, so the only thing that's changed is which shafts are attached to which treadle. And this is the new pattern. I don't like it as much as the first, but it's growing on me.

And finally, another picture showing the dark underbelly of the weaving.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Coming along nicely

Once I get started on a weaving project, it's like anything else I do. I get sort of OCD and obsessive about it. So I'm making progress! Here's a shot of the top and a very nice shot of the other side. Once this towel is done I'll switch the way the threads are raised, which will make a whole new pattern without having to fiddle with the heddles. I'll take photos.