|Overshot runner with wool pattern weft (the black yarn)|
|Whig rose overshot runner with 3/2 mercerized cotton for pattern weft|
I used 10/2 mercerized cotton in ivory for the warp and for the tabby weft. I don't have a lot of experience with overshot and am by no means an expert but I did want to see how different yarns behaved in the pattern weft. (For those of you who are less familiar with overshot technique, it is basically a design in which a thicker, often color-contrasting yarn skips over designated threads in the warp to create designs. See the nice looking wheels and diamonds?) I had some leftover Harrisville Shetland yarn in my stash as well as some 5/2 cottons and 3/2 cottons. I liked the results of all three of the yarns but did learn a few things:
- 5/2 mercerized cotton yarn, when doubled, creates a nice color effect when using two different shades of yarn (I used reds).
- 5/2 mercerized cotton yarn, used doubled, can make for some sloppy floats if the yarns don't slide off of your shuttle neatly
- 3/2 mercerized cotton worked up nicely
- the wool worked up nicely although I found that the black yarn really bled while washing.
- the cotton versions seemed to have more "heft"
The wool was something I'd definitely use again. It has a nice drape. I'd also use the 3/2 cotton again in an overshot pattern. I'd use the 5/2 yarns again only if I felt I needed a particular color effect and/or if I needed to substitute for the 3/2 or wool yarns for the pattern weft.
So, there you are. I've had enough of the overshot for a while and am working on some dishtowels in a nice twill pattern. Photos to follow soon!