Monday, November 17, 2008

Polka Dot Scarves

Well, I'm happy to say that the polka-dot scarves are well under way. I'm only able to weave at this point of my life two nights a week. I'm a full time Mommy and my yarn business brings in the most $$$. I have to weigh it this way until my son goes to Kindergarten in September......and boy oh boy the time sure does fly just like I was warned it would. So, typically I weave on Tuesdays and Fridays in the evening unless I have an 'easy' weave on and my son is shredding papers in the studio for me;) My husband and son went out for a little while on Saturday leaving me home to concentrate on weaving for a hour or two. The Diana is all dressed and I have woven some of the polka dot cloth. As with any new loom, the first project is always the learning project and I usually look back on it and think what I could have done better or should have done differently. I have to say that I was a little nervous about it only due to the fact that the warp that was on the loom was a little sticky and my sheds were not 100%. With dressing the loom with 8/2 tencel for this project, I noticed right away that the threads were not sticking, which is what I figured. Phew! So far everything is dandy and I'm very happy with most aspects of this project considering that I did not take a whole lot of time to plan it. It is basically one color warp and one color weft in a 3/1 twill with a reverse for the dots. The first is a grey and yellow that will be a gift for my Mom. She has been asking for years for a polka dot scarf in grey and yellow and......if she reads this blog, "Here it is;)"

Here is the back of the loom with the threads in the raddle that my darling father in law made for me for my other loom:)


Here is the front of the loom with the threads ready to go on the back beam.


And here we are threading.....I LOVE this part!!!


All threaded!!!


Tension even and tied on the front rod.


Ok... here is a look at the scarves. There ARE a few errors. I'm learning with this new loom that there are a few things that I have to pay attention to. Just like when you drive a new car, there are adjustments to make. With this loom, the shed is limited so my tension is VERY important and that's what I'm working on right now. Naturally when the piece is removed from the loom and wet finished a lot of the pulling that can be seen in the fabric on the front beam will be evened out.

Well, that's it for right now. I'll be back soon with the progress of these scarves;)

3 comments:

Lynnette said...

Stunning scarf - I love the perfect circles that you got! Way to go....

skiingweaver said...

How fantastic! I've just been messing around with networked shadow-weave drafts myself... Fascinating, isn't it? I need more shafts! LOL! (Envying your Diana! Sooner or later, I'm going to take the plunge for something with 24 shafts, I think...) Oh and I completely sympathize with the mommy-weaver issues, I'm right there with you, lol!

Susan said...

Love your polka dots! Network drafting is something I want to pursue more. Thank you for the inspiration.

Susan