Friday, November 30, 2007

A Mighty Fine Day, Indeed

I know many of you will be thinking, "Is that all!" but upstairs, I'm sticking to the 2/60 cotton at 60EPI, 1/3 and 3/1 twill stripe, with the same 2/60 cotton in the weft, woven very loosely. The finished piece will look pretty much like the top 1/3 of the sample.

Downstairs on the big loom I have 2/20 in 30EPI, sleyd 5EPI on a 6-dent reed, ergo the stripe in the twill where they shouldn't be, again in two-faced twill, woven at 48PPI.

I'm having problems with my eyes again, (and we won't go into which is the chicken and which is the egg), and I can't stick to either of them for too long; on the table loom upstairs, after three sittings I've just cleared 88cm; downstairs I wove about 60cm to finish one piece in the morning, and in the afternoon I wove only 70cm, and I find I can't concentrate well after that.

I love the way they are going to look and feel, or so I keep telling myself. Sometimes I need to talk up my skills and abilities so I stick with what I started; this week has been like such a week.

These are so not the kind of things one should be weaving when one is looking to have a stall in the market in 21 days. Still, it'd be fun to wash these.

3 comments:

  1. Lovely! A fine day indeed.
    Your eyes should be twitching at 30EPI. I can't even imagine dressing the loom with that. Ow!
    Looking forward to seeing the finished pieces.

    Like the bubble wrap idea, will have to give it a try.

    Will be weaving tomorrow...look for a pic of Vibrant on Sunday.

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  2. Hi, Lynne. The eye thing predates 30EPI, but is not at all helped by halogen lights in the studio coming on and off like Christmas lights. I was told it has something to do with the room temprature, but can't imagine as it's been very cool, and it happens in the winter, too. I think it's time to get my friendly sparky in to replace the fixtures, though I would like to stay with halogens.

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  3. Re. the bubble wrap, Lynne, get the hardest/toughest kind you can get, with flat plastic sheets on two sides, rather than just the one; it prevents distortion of the cloth after you've woven it as it goes around the cloth beam.

    The original idea came from one of the weaving lists ex. USA over a decade ago.

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