Oops, I made denim!

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In the beginning, my intention was to try a waffle weave fabric. However, after visiting my guild and borrowing the book, “The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory” by Anne Dixon, my plans changed. I had already wound an 8/2 cotton warp but had not yet dressed the loom. I mentioned my waffle plan to a guild member, she mentioned that it had a lot of shrinkage after taking it off the loom. Because I’m terrified of running out of thread, I had only warped for a 16″ wide fabric, what would it be if it shrank after taking it off the loom?  I decided to thread a simple twill and try some new techniques, specifically beating on an open shed, changing the shed then beating again, improving my selvedges and trying out the Anne Dixon selvage method. I also played with different weights of thread and treading.

When I realized I was weaving denim fabric, I decided to put in a few lines of gold stitching. Below are the results, please forgive the wrinkles.

This fabric is destined to be zippy pouches as it’s only 13″ wide, I lost 3″ from pull-in. The next cotton or tencel warp needs to be at least 20″ wide.

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Improvisational Weaving

Yesterday morning I started to wind a warp using odds and ends of my handspun I had used on my multicoloured poncho. I didn’t really count, just wound until I couldn’t put any more yarn on my warping board. It was chunky wool so it was only 60 ends which I estimated would be 6 ends per inch on the loom.

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I’m getting better at warping and it only took a few minutes to wind it onto the back beam. Threading the heddles and reed also went quickly and I was off to the races. I pulled random balls of handspun from my big basket and wound off just before 3 p.m.!

Because the main fiber in this scarf is Blue Faced Leicester, it’s super soft and huge, 86″ long (not including 12″ of fringe) by 14″ wide, almost as big as Lenny Kravitz’ scarf!

I think I have enough handspun left in my basket to make another huge scarf, I think I’ll make the next one wider but just as long.