The MERA Schoolhouse hosts an art exhibit every month, this month the Schoolhouse Weavers are exhibiting their craft.
As the title says, weaving has been going on at the schoolhouse for 20 years, since its inception in 1998. While weavers have come and gone, the tradition continues.
There are many items on display, many of which are for sale. With Mother’s Day quickly approaching next month, why not get a unique one-of-a-kind gift for mom. And be sure to bring your appetite, as the Steady Way Community Cafe serves up delicious lunches, baked goods and coffee.
Recycled Shopping Bags
Scarves & Wraps
Blankets & Pillow
While taking these pictures today, I got to meet this adorable kid:
I thought that the modified star motif in the dishtowels I recently wove resembled more of a snowflake than a star, so with that in mind, and with the popularity of Christmas in July (although not with me), decided to weave a set of classic red and white towels.
I had the best intentions of having these towels done in July, and they were woven in July, however the hemming only just got done, oh well. I ended up with three towels that are 19″ x 29″ and one generous bread basket size. I do love the contrast between the red and white.
Life seems to be busy right now, but I have managed to weave a couple of towels in a draft call Modified Star. A point twill threading and treadling (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2) makes these towels a breeze to weave (when compared to something like overshot).
As usual, I used Venne 2/8 organic cotton for the warp and weft, but used 2/16 for the borders. The warp colour is Royal Blue and white for the stripes, the weft was white as well.
2/8 organic cotton- royal blue and white
warp on the loom and weaving progressing
finished towels showing stripes
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.
I have finally finished a set of dish towels that I wove two, maybe three years ago. What was the delay? The fear of cutting into perfectly good fabric and having it all fall apart before my eyes.
On The Loom
However, yards of fabric just sitting on a shelf is of no use either, so out came the sewing machine and scissors and I went to work, and they did not fall apart.
I pinned and pressed all the hems, sewed them all by hand (a process that I quite enjoy actually), threw them in the washer and dryer, and they did not fall apart.
At my Saturday sit ‘n knit I was working on the hems, someone asked if she could by one, that felt great.
The draft for these towels is from Best of Handwoven: Top Ten Towels on Four Shafts. Although the pattern draft indicates the pattern be woven at 20 epi, I believe I wove mine at 24 (2 per dent in a 12-dent reed). Towels were woven with Venne Organic Cotton in Natural and Peacock.