Posted by Peg in South Carolina
Here are the last three samples I wove. In the first picture is what I would consider the traditional canvas weave treadling. In the bottom I have used blue for the overshot wefts and light gray for the pseudo-tabby. On the top I have reversed the colors.
My source for most of these treadlings has been from The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory by Anne Dixon. Also helpful has been Donna Muller’s Handwoven Laces. Muller’s book has been especially helpful for helping me understand the structure of 8-shaft canvas weave and so in convincing me that 4-shaft canvas is what I really wanted, not 8-shaft.
Now what I have woven comes off the loom to be wet-finished. And then what?
I had thought of tying on a very short warp of the handspun, enough to give me maybe 6” of width. But then I decided against it. I have to admit that my laziness is cutting in here. But it is not just laziness. I want to use every last bit of the handspun I have for the shawl.
Tying on a narrow bit of the handspun would be the prudent way to go. But I am going to take the risk of not doing it.
Unless the washing reveals something new about the fabric, I am either going to use the red-orange for the warp and weave with the dark green, or bands of red-orange and dark green and weave with both colors.
Which treadling will I use? I won’t make a decision until after I wash these samples. And then I will use the beginning of the handspun warp to sample just a bit.
What about all the remaining warp on the loom? Tune in later and find out!