Posted by Peg in South Carolina
I now have only two dish towels left to weave. Actually only one-and-a-half towels! So I had better get hopping on to finalizing plans for the next project. This is going to be a shawl from some of my handspun.
My first thoughts had been to do some kind of color-and-weave. Go here to read about that. But I changed my mind. When I re-read that post, by the way, I noted that I had changed my mind about the dish towels as well! Inspired by a scarf woven by Susan of Centerweave, I chose 4-shaft canvas weave as the weave structure for this scarf. Go here to see what Susan did with this structure. The draft, with the various treadlings I plan to try, is to the left. This structure is called canvas weave and is a kind of lace weave.
I have done a bit of lace weaving but no canvas weaving. Since this is a new weave for me, I decided that I should sample on some yarn that is not quite so “precious.” I need to work out problems of sett and colors, as well as treadling.
In my stash I found some Harrisville Shetland in light gray and light blue. These are leftover cones from a blanket I wove about four years ago. Two of the cones are to the right below. The size of this yarn (900 ypp) is very close to that of my handspun. And when I wove that blanket, it bloomed very nicely when I fulled it in the washing machine.
THE PLAN (AS OF NOW…..)
I am thinking of warping sort of wide stripes in the blue and the gray, not because I think that is what I might want to do, but because I want to see what happens with blue crossing gray and gray crossing blue. And, actually, I do want to see if using the two colors in stripes might work!