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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Etsy

I just wanted to let you know that I’ve cleared my Etsy shop of fabric and am now selling my handspun, handwoven scarves. BendingPins.Etsy.com

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Clasped Weft

This scarf took infinitely more time to weave, it wasn’t as easy as tossing the shuttle back and forth. The warp is Merino, the wefts are Corriedale, Shetland (from Quebec!), Camel and silk.

This will be the last woolen scarf for now, I’ll be moving back to cotton and tencel for the next few projects, whatever they may be.

Twill Complication

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.

Sett: 24 EPI
Fiber: 8/2 Tencel
Threads: 330
Finished Width: 12.5″
Finished Length: 70″