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.
When I saw this pattern in “A Handweaver’s Pattern Book” I knew I had to make it and tencel really makes it shine! I used a dark teal as the warp and silver for the weft. It has a 66 thread repeat and there is a lot of different treadling in this pattern which keeps it interesting when weaving.