Friday, March 20, 2015

A colorful tartan

Hello, friends. Springtime in New England is often more about still-wintertime-temperatures, grey skies, and mud. But we artisans can do something about that, right?

Here is a new tartan in some bright colors. This will be a table runner. It's woven from 5/2 mercerized cotton. I sett the warp yarns at 20 epi (yes, this is a close sett for a twill, but I like a sturdy table runner) and have hemstitched the ends.

This is a rather bold fabric for me. At first I thought that the fabric would look like one of those "bad plaids" that turn up every so often:

I'm glad I did not toss the warp. (I've only done this once before - true confessions! It was a rayon chenille warp and was a tangled, unruly, unbeamable mess, mostly due to a failed friction brake). Never judge a fabric based on the warp alone!

Weaving friends, have you ever pitched a warp? (Don't worry. I won't send the weaving police your way).

That's all for now.
Be well,


Karen Reff said...

It looks like it's going to turn out great!
And I'm about that close to tossing a warp at this very moment...or, at least, cutting off what's already been woven and choosing a different threading. Usually, as the pattern grows I say, "oh, my". This time I've been saying, "ew". Enough already!

Kate Kilgus said...

Thank you, Karen! I think a lot of weavers have those "ew" moments - our plans don't often weave up the way we want them to. Alas! I hope your threading adjustment helps! Happy weaving! Kate K.

susancoyotesfan said...

That is a great tartan! Love it!

I've tossed a warp twice. Once it became such a tangled mess I started crying, swearing, and attacked it with the scissors. Thankfully I didn't dismantle the loom in my passion because it got better from there.

I recently cut a warp off. I just didn't like the color nor did I enjoy the weaving. It was salvaged rayon in a slate blue color which I just find depressing to look at. I was planning to weave scarves for sale, but it was just too ugly.

I am hoping my latest warp, hand dyed wool, weaves up beautifully because I plan to make a vest from it. I love the colors this time!

Kate Kilgus said...

Susancoyotesfan, I can completely relate to the "crying, swearing, and attacking" of the warp! Warping a loom can definitely be an R-rated event! I wonder if there is a lucky weaver who has never had this happen??? Happy weaving and thanks for sharing your story! Kate K.