New! 2/8 Organic Cotton

Now available, Venne Organic Cotton.  It is GOTS Certified (Global Organic Textile Standard), is available on 100g cones and comes in a wide array of colours.

For more information, please check our website.

Colours currently in stock are:

I used the Venne Organic Cotton to weave my Keep It Simple Towels (in an earlier post).  It is lovely to weave with and washes and dries beautifully.  For readers of Handwoven magazine, this would be a great choice for the Shades of India Kitchen Towels and the Moscow Nights Tea Towels in the March/April 2015 issue.

Happy weaving,

Kelly

Overshot Runner Part 2: Weaving

After a couple of hiccups (threading error), I have finally started weaving the runner.

I have chosen a natural colour for the warp and tabby weft, and a navy for the pattern weft.  I thought this strong colour contrast would help in seeing the pattern develop, show any errors more quickly, and give a more traditional look.  I thought the sheen of a mercerized cotton would look nice.

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So far, I think it is weaving up nicely.

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Happy weaving,

Kelly

Overshot Runner Part 1: Warped

Now that I am familiar with the technique of overshot, I have decided to weave some more runners on my home loom.

I found a draft that I like from the Leclerc Looms website.

(photo from Leclerc website)

(photo from Leclerc website)

Pattern Details:

  • 2/16 cotton for warp and tabby weft
  • 2/8 cotton for pattern weft
  • 30 epi
  • 16″ wide in the reed
  • 480 ends

I am using a sectional warp beam, something I’m not that familiar with.  Since I am only doing a small warp (6 yards), I needed to figure out how to get my warp on.  I decided to wind 16 warp chains, 30 ends each.

warp chains

warp chains

And, thinking I was being clever, wound them all on at the same time.  Note to self:  do not do that again.  I did however, use a warping valet/trapeze to maintain a nice tight tension while winding on, and I will definitely do that again.  The following picture shows the warp chains coming from the back of the loom, under the front beam and up to the valet (aka broom handle in the floor joists).  After this picture was taken I removed the front beam because it wanted to pop off.

Overshot Runner 009The warp chains were weighted with bottles of water:

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Three warp threads broke while I wound on the warp that will have to fixed, not too bad I think.

This is how the warp looks from the back of the loom:

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and tied onto the front apron rod:

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Now to start weaving!

Happy weaving,

Kelly