Monthly Archives: December 2009

I spent the weekend winding a warp and dressing the loom for some 8/2 cotton towels. I’m making these from some mill ends I got from WEBS. The warp is a dark turquoise/almost teal color that’s darker than it appears in these pics. I have enough warp for 6 or 7 towels, depending on how much I sample, so I can use several different color and treadling combinations.

Here’s the loom:

And here’s a closeup. Note the long warp floats in part of it–I know I know, not good :) I was just messing around with my treadlings and that one didn’t work out. Also, it’s crazy how two yarns labeled 8/2 can have such varying grists. The tan right before the blue is so much thinner than the blue and the turquoise both.

Tree towels! I loved doing these. I may just have to put another warp on for some more. The draft came from A Weaver’s Book of 8 Shaft Patterns. There’s a whole section on little figures that can be made on a rosepath threading, and they turn out wonderfully on the edges of these towels.

Pardon the dark photo. It’s been dark all day here and I had a hard time getting any shot that wasn’t washed out by flash. The towels are ivory with a dark green border.

Just as I got a warp on the loom for a run of 8 Christmas tree towels, flop, there went a harness down. I thought at first one of the hooks had come undone, but sadly no–a cable was broken.

Woe is me! A broken loom when I have Christmas weaving to do!

I put in an order with Harrisville Designs and a week and a half later (an eternity I tell you!) I have my replacement cables.

Here’s the loom, back in business:

While the loom was out of commission, I got a lot of knitting done. A pair of socks for my sister are all finished, but I’m not posting pictures in case she looks here.

I should probably go do some weaving now :)