Introductions

Hi, my name is David and I’m a budding weaver.

I must admit that my attempts at blogging usually fails – a busy schedule usually does very well to hamper regular updates.

I actually have had interests in all of the textile crafts over the years, but my interest in weaving in particular has recently shot through the roof and I have contemplated starting a blog to make a permanent record of my weaving journey.

I’ll probably discover things that are written in a book somewhere, use incorrect terms, and the discoveries made by me are probably evident and already discovered time and time over. Or perhaps there’s better ways to do certain things that will elude me for a while.

However I am mostly learning things on my own. And I think that can be pretty exciting.

My experience in weaving to date has mostly been with a 24″ Kromski Harp rigid heddle loom and and Ashford Inklette. My first attempt at tablet weaving did not fare to well.

However all of that will change soon with my soon-to-occur purchase of an 8-shaft table loom. To prepare, I’ve started thinking about books I’d like to have, and reading a lot about drafting – I don’t mind selecting drafts from various sources, but I do want to design some of my own patterns from time to time.

This is the place where I plan to discuss what I learn about all of this and to document my projects.

For the time being, the latest project to come off of the loom is a rayon chenille scarf done in simple plain weave. I purchased the yarn at Webs when visiting my friend Aaron in Albany for my birthday several weeks ago. This is the first time on my rigid heddle where I thought long and hard about my desired sett and drape, and tried to avoid my usual loose weaves.

A little accident occured (fortunately towards the end of the project) where something snapped and the whole cloth and remaining warp threads rolled to the bottom of the floor. I decided the length was good enough and didn’t bother trying to finish it. But it resulted in quite a bit of waste. I decided to wet finish the scarf, and I think now that its all dried and done, it come out wonderfully and has amazing drape.

Rayon Chenille Scarf
Yarn: Valley Fibres Rayon Chenille, 1450 YPP
sett: 10 epi, 80 warp ends

Amount used: ~ 580 yards

width: 6.5″
length: ~ 56″

Loom: Kromski Harp Rigid Heddle 24″

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2 thoughts on “Introductions

  1. Aaron says:

    How did you like working with the chenille? As far as garments go, I generally don’t like it, but since I make very little for myself, and if it makes for good weaving, I may have to invest in some next time we are at WEBS, or Steve’s.

    • David says:

      I liked it better than I had thought. At first I thought it would be quite bulky, but I learned all that fuzz in chenille doesn’t count – its the rayon core that determines the sett and that’s a pretty thin cord. My calculations were telling me to use the 12 dent read but I was afraid a lot of snagging would occur so I went with 10.

      The overall effect is a nice solid, drapy fabric which shimmers slightly. I think it looks rather nice, you should give it a try 😉 I wonder what it would look like with two very close colors for warp and weft…

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