Yesterday, I wound a warp of thick and thin yarn that my daughter Rachel dyed a while back when she came to visit. It is a short warp, only 3 1/2 yards of thick and thin cotton. I put it on Fanny, and is destined for towels. A towel from the Handwoven publication, Winning Towels from the 21st century towel contest was the inspiration for the warp stripes. I tend to like things symetrical, so I'm not sure how I will like these. I wish I hadn't made the widest blue stripe quite that wide, and put part of it on the left half instead. I still need to thread the heddles and reed. I will be weaving it with white in plain weave. I'm not sure if my weft will be the thick and thin yarn, or a smooth one. I will decide after I sample.
Dorothy has a pretty towel started on her, with Atwater-Bronson lace pickup. My daughter-in-law Rebecca has been up a couple times, and is interested in learning about weaving. She did the first row of hemstitching on this towel, and did a beautiful job for her first time. The patterns that will be woven are on the clipboard in the background. The bottom three are done.
While my daughter-in-law was up at Easter, I showed her how to wind a warp and put it on the loom, thinking that it could be the straps, but I didn't like how it looked. The warp was too narrow for the heavy Fanny, so I scraped that project. It did serve a good purpose, though, because Rebecca got a nice bit of experience on the loom with beaming the warp, threading, and weaving twill in two directions, and doing some basketweave. Wish she could be around more. I enjoy teaching her weaving.
I had a band of red and black that was done on my inkle loom quite a while ago when I was testing it after making the loom. It has been hanging around, decorating my wall, but I've decided to use it for one of the bag straps, and I threaded another one. Whenever I get that one completed, I will have a nifty conversation piece grocery bag. I'm calling this bag my Secret Message Bag, since the message is on the video tapes.
Enough projects and enough yacking for now, since I have to be to work early tomorrow.