Organic Cotton Towels

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.

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Happy weaving,

Kelly

 

 

Paper Spot Scarf 2

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.

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Happy weaving,

Kelly

 

New! Organic Cotton Sewing Thread

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, I felt that the thread I used should be of the same quality as the yarn, and I began to search for an organic cotton thread.

What I found is a beautiful multi-purpose thread.  It is an organically grown long-staple cotton that is GOTS certified and spun in Holland.  It is suitable for seams, overlock, top stitching, and quilting, and comes in 300 yard/275 metre wooden spools.

Colours currently in stock:

 

 

4806 Wine4812 Lavender4819 Stormy Blue4823 Celery4829 Walnut4818 Midnight4821 Grass4828 Terra Cotta4802 Straw4800 White

 

I hope to have these up on the website soon.

Happy weaving,

Kelly

 

 

Third Time’s A Charm

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.

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Happy weaving,

Kelly

 

315-4

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.

My “samples”:

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Happy weaving,

Kelly

I Give Up

I decided to revisit the overshot runner project with the 2/16 mercerized cotton warp.  But instead of trying to continue on the existing warp, I decided to make a new warp and put it on another loom.  I made a shorter warp than before, only about 3 yards, using a warping board.  Since this loom has a plain beam, the warp was beamed in the usual manner.  I also replaced all of the existing heddles with brand new inserted eye heddles.  I wanted to see if these changes would provide me with a more pleasurable weaving experience (i.e. no broken threads).

Things seemed to progress okay, but then 3″ into the pattern, the first thread broke.  After another inch, one more, and after another inch, well you get the idea.  I have now woven 20″ and have repaired 11 broken threads.  I am not getting any joy out of this project.  I love the pattern, I love weaving overshot, I love the colour combination, I hate this yarn.  I am not thrilled with the 2/8 mercerized cotton I am using for the weft either.  It seems to be loosely plied and twists on itself and around the tabby yarn as well.

So here is a shot of it before I cut it off the loom.  I have to find a use for the remaining 2/16 (fire starter?), and when I find a better quality yarn, I will try this project again.

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Happy weaving,

Kelly

More Scarves

Apparently I was not quite done weaving the crackle scarves, or sampling the orlec, and put on another warp for another two scarves.

This time I chose to do both in the same colour, but two different lengths (on purpose this time), one is about 77″ and the other 107″, not including the fringe.  Despite my concern in the previous post about the scarf being too long, it turns out that people really liked the extra long scarf.  Another surprise is the orlec.  Knitters in my sit ‘n knit group were surprised to find out it was acrylic, not cotton like they thought.

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Short Scarf

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Long Scarf

I think I will take a break from the crackle weave and try something else, but I would like to see how they would look in tencel, or silk, or…..

Happy weaving,

Kelly

How Long is Too Long?

When planning the warp for the snakeskin scarf from my previous post, I decided to put enough on for a second scarf.  The draft from the magazine was for one scarf.  Easy enough, double everything and add a little for “just in case”.

As I wove the first scarf, I pinned a tape measure to it, carefully measuring my progress.  The instructions read to weave for 74″.  I stopped at 73″ because I wanted to stop on the last pick of the draft.  I advanced the warp to leave enough unwoven for the fringes, encountered a bit of a problem, and decided to cut the first scarf off the loom and retie the remaining warp back on.

Since I was certain my math was correct, I didn’t bother measuring as I wove, my main concern was that I might run short because of this unexpected hiccup, but remembering that I added a bit in the beginning for “just in case”.

So, what does all of this have to do with the heading above?  Well, after washing, drying and pressing, my scarf came out at a little over 108″!  And that does not include the fringe!  So while I am happy that my scarf did not come out too short, did it come out too long?  And while the first scarf would be considered a clothing accessory, is this one a statement piece?

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Whatever you might call it, I am still happy with the outcome.  Now, to work on my math skills.

Happy weaving,

Kelly