Sunday, March 20, 2011

Wool/Rayon Sample Done

The cough I have had for almost four weeks is really getting me down.  After a much needed three hour nap after church, I did get out to the studio and wove a sample on my wool warp. 
Here is the warp spread on the loom and ready to go.  It is 28” wide, with 1” stripes.
The weft is a chained rayon that I have had for quite a while, but just couldn’t decide what to use it for.  There are four colors, plum, burgundy, rust, and a rosy tan.  This photo is a pretty good representation of the colors.
I have more plum color than the other three colors, so my plan is to weave the plum after both of the other dark colors, and use the tan as an accent between pattern sections.
Well, here is how the sample turned out on the loom.  I need to work on my beat, to make the stripes end up the same width.  Right now, each color stripe is about three cm. wide.  I'm waiting for some glue to dry, and then I'll go back out and cut the sample off the loom.  I will cut it in half, keeping one half as is, and will wash the other half to see how the wool fulls.  After checking that, I will decide whether to beat harder, softer, or as I was doing.
Here is a close-up.  So far, I am happy with how it is turning out.  I’ll see if I am still happy after the wet finishing.


  1. neat - i love the concept and can't wait to see it after the wet finish! your stripes are great -

  2. This looks great! The colours are perfect. I too can't wait to see the result.

  3. Looking forward to seeing the photos of your test swatch. Hopefully, you will soon feel "normal" again and can spend more time weaving.