I recently decided to try the 315-4 towels I wove here again, paying attention to the notes I made last time when I wove them. Although I had said that I didn’t like the stripes, I tried them again, only weaving have the repeat in the alternating colour, much better.
These towels are woven with Venne 2/8 organic cotton, (2/16 for the hems). They washed and dried beautifully and are very soft.
It has been one of the hottest and driest summers for us here in Eastern Ontario. To stay cool (aka staying indoors with air conditioning), I warped the loom for another paper spot scarf (the first one was here).
The warp was 3 yards long and measured 7 3/4″ in the reed. The finished scarf is 72″ long (not including fringe) and is about 7 3/4″ wide. It is woven in 2/8 tencel.
Not feeling satisfied with finally weaving the overshot table runner successfully, I decided to try it one more. I am very happy with the results.
I had wound off about a 3 yard warp for this project, and wove what I thought was appropriate, the finished runner measures approximately 14″ x 40″. Not wanting to waste the bit of warp that was left, I wove a sample, this time in red, I can’t wait to do a full runner in this colour.
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You may ask why I would start to carry sewing thread. Well, after I recently finished weaving a beautiful set of dish towels in organic 2/8 cotton (blog post to follow on that soon) and I had to hem the towels, … Continue reading
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Back when I was weaving the overshot runner (see here), I met a much more experienced weaver and I told her my tale of woe on this project. We discussed a few possibilities and then she asked what yarn was I using for my warp, “Oh” she said, “you never use their mercerized cottons for warp, they don’t have enough twist”. Ironically, that was what I thought when this yarn arrived, but this company sells weaving yarns, and still being a new”ish” weaver, I could be wrong. I had e-mailed them about my problems, they refused to acknowledge that it could be their yarn. Hence the project was cut from the loom.
The problem with not really knowing what the source of the problem is, is that you don’t know what the source of the problem is (yarn, loom, weaver). I went through my stash and discovered some 2/16 non-mercerized cotton, mostly likely from the same company as the mercerized. The first thing I noticed was that there was definitely more twist in this yarn. I didn’t use the organic 2/16 cotton I just brought in because I was still unsure whether it was the yarn or my weaving technique that had caused the earlier problems.
I started winding the warp, things were going well, and then nearly at the halfway point, a knot. About 3 yards later, another knot. In total, I encountered 5 knots while winding this short warp, I was not impressed. I soldiered on and got the warp on the loom, threaded the heddles, sleyed the reed and began to weave. And weave. And weave. Miraculously, no broken threads, I felt vindicated.
This runner was fun and quick to weave and I will definitely do it again. I love the fineness of the 2/16 (pattern weft is in 2/8 cotton), the runner has an almost heirloom feel to it.
I’ve just brought in some 2/16 Venne organic cotton, I nice complement to their 2/8 organic cotton line. I’ve just brought in a few colours to start and I can’t wait to try it out. Stay posted for a review soon. Below are the colours I have brought in. Now, what to weave….
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315-4 refers to the threading and the threading for the towels below, it comes from A Weaver’s Book of 8-Shaft Patterns.
I have seen a few pictures of this draft woven as tea towels and scarves on various blogs and Ravelry, and thought it might be fun to do. My plan is to do a few towels, off-white for the warp and a bright colour for the weft (a different colour for each towel), in 2/8 organic cotton. But I thought I might first do a trial run in some 2/8 Cottolin, and make notes.
I made a lot of notes while weaving these “samples”, notes for what I did, and notes for what I will do differently.
The green towel with the stripe was the first one I wove, I had seen a few others woven with a stripe and thought I liked it. Note 1: no stripe, I don’t like it, I think it takes away from the pattern. Note 2: harder beat. While the green one looks okay, they are definitely to drapey for a towel (at least I think so). The second towel was woven with a denser ppi, I like it a lot better. There other little notes, but I won’t bore you with all the details.