Thursday, December 4, 2008


Posted by Peg in South Carolina

Towel 4 begun With this towel I am alternating bands of blue and green.  Otherwise everything is still the same. Changing the colors this way helps to keep my interest up.


The slight beating inconsistencies I experienced with the first two towels have disappeared.  Towel 3 and this beginning of towel 4 both have the same number of shots in each section. 


With towels 3 and 4 I have been double beating.  That is, I beat before I change sheds, then I beat after I change sheds.  But the second beat is not really a beat.  I simply pull once again on the beater which has remained at the fell. 

It appears that it has taken me roughly two yards or weaving to get the beat consistent!

"Towel 4 Begun" was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on December 4, 2008. © 2008 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina


Susan said...

Your towels looks great! I'm busy hemming mine and enjoying how 'productive' repetitive weaving can be (once you are done with it!)

Now, all your pictures are snowing.
Did you catch something from the Weaving Studio? :)


marion said...

Hi Peg,
I love this fourth towel and
I really admire your selvedges! I never seem to get mine right. As a am about to start weaving my painted warp from the online guild workshop do you have any advice form me?

Marion from a rainy Holland.

Benita said...

After all the complicated crackle weaving, I bet it's a joy to do some simple twill weaves. The towels are lovely and now I want to put towels on the loom. I might be able to get some done for Christmas!

Peg in South Carolina said...

Thank you Susan. I first saw the snow on The Weaving Studio and then on one of the blogs on blogging I read I found a blogger snow widget. Of course here in South Carolina we have no snow......
Marion, thank you for the comment on my selvedges. My selvedges used to be just terrible. Just this morning I realized how they have been giving me no problems and I have not been paying a whit of attention to them. I think it is just the slow buildup of experience.
Benita, yes, I am having a wonderful time with the twill weaving. It's very different and I think it has been both a good break and a good learning experience for me. I do hope that dd likes the towels........but then, what choice does she have?!?!

Jane said...

Hi Miss Peg,

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. . .:-) How festive!

A classic, INFP, here. Through and through, and the talkalyzer test came out -- INFP. The blog analyzer is fun. They no doubt, just do a frequency count on types of words and then do a sort.

Your towels are coming along nicely. Isn't it true, that old addage, that once we stop fretting over our selvedges that they improve?

Spent all day today threading my loom -- YAY!! It sure felt great. I still have 111 threads left to go, but my back needed a serious break, so the rest shall wait until morning.

Oh -- and I don't think your daughter will like those you should just send them along to me! :) :)


Peg in South Carolina said...

Jane, I don't think good selvedges happen quite so simply. They take a lot of practice, and focussed practice thinking about such things as the angle of the weft, how tight to have the weft running from an end feed shuttle, how often to move the warp, and so on. Some few perhaps learn these things without having to think about them; somehow their muscles alone guide them. I'm not one of them. Good selvedges have been hard won for me! can't have the towels! You can weave your own!! Thank you for the compliment.

SpinningLizzy said...

What lovely towels!

Interesting information about double beating, which I haven't come across before. I've been doing it myself on my current project, as I found that changing sheds dislodged the last pick a bit.