Weaving lessons

In my weaving life I recently completed my first project on an 8-shaft loom.  The pattern I started with was a classic drall, but I used my weaving software to modify columns of the blocks to make the pattern more interesting (to me).  This was partly a chance to play with the software (Fiberworks Bronze for the Mac) and partly to learn what happens when you change up a draft.

The project was fraught with problems learning opportunities.  I will hasten to assure you that none of these were the fault of my most excellent teacher.  I now know important things not to do when warping back to front; the importance of good tension on the warp when weaving, and that it is possible to have too much; and I have an even higher regard for sampling.  Now if only I could learn to accurately  count my warp threads…

Anyway, here’s the shawl.  Warp is two close shades of Eggplant 8/2 Tencel.  Weft is 10/2 cotton in Old Gold.

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Author: Jennifer Kortfelt

Owner, Heron Pond Designs, a fiber and textile exploration.

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