Posted by Peg in South Carolina
Weaving these towels is very different from the weaving I normally do. First of all, it is really fast! Well, not as fast as Laura Fry weaves, but certainly a lot faster than the crackle I have been weaving.
I recently purchased Laura Fry’s latest CD. One of the things on it is a video clip of Laura weaving. Talk about fast weaving! If I were interested in doing production weaving where speed was essential, I would definitely use Laura’s performance in this video clip as my model. I would look at it and try to imitate. Look again, refine the imitation. And so on. By the time I get to the fifth towel on this warp, I may be looking at how to speed things up…. To learn more about Laura’s CD, go to her website here.
Another thing that I am finding intriguing is the slant of the twill. Since I sett the yarn at 24 epi, I intended to weave it at 24 ppi. This would give me the 90-degree angle twill I was after. Well, it’s close. But the ppi is 20. And while I am not slamming the beater into the fell, I am beating quite hard.
The cause of this is no doubt in the draw-in. There is quite a bit of draw-in and the selvedges have closed up considerably. So it is probably the closeness of the selvedge threads that is preventing me from easily beating any more weft into a given inch.
I could use temples to keep the warp yarns spread out during the beating. But I am weaving towels. Towels that I hope will get hard use. Those tight selvedges will protect the edges of the towels very nicely.
One thing Laura said on her CD which I take to heart: if you can’t do it perfectly, do it consistently.
By the way, while the color in the cloth is accurate, the color of the floor is definitely NOT accurate!