Posted by Peg in South Carolina
I haven’t trimmed the fringes yet………
I soaked the shawl in hot soapy water for almost two hours. I changed the water once and kneaded the fabric from time to time until my hands came out. Then I hung it to dry.
When the fabric was dry I looked at it. It certainly had not fulled and definitely needed a trip in the washing machine. It certainly looked nothing like the earlier sample I had woven of commercial wool. Go here to see that sample.
But then I looked again. I felt the fabric. Yes, the weave was still open, but the fabric was no longer fragile. And canvas weave is a lace structure. This is lace!
My intention had not been to weave lace. My intention had been to create a fabric with floats in both weft and warp to show off the handspun. And that is what had happened in my earlier trial. But lace I wove and lace it shall be. Far be it from me to turn it into something it does not want to be.
I then pressed it with lots of steam. My first round of pressing is always rather gentle. And then I realize that pressing hard does not damage the cloth at all. Instead, pressing smoothes it out and creates a very thin, draping cloth. So after that initial round, I did two more rounds pressing hard on the iron with both hands.
My iron is a Rowenta steam generator, so I get lots of steam before I have to add water. It’s old but still works fine, though I do like some things about the new version. But I shall wait till this breaks first.
Even though the fringes still needed to be trimmed, I just had to try it on. It is light, airy, and warm and long enough so that I can swoop one end around my should to the back—the perfect wrap for late fall and mild winter days in the South.
Width: at reed: 27.5”; off loom and after washing: 20.5”. This is 3.5” narrower than I had planned the finished shawl to be.
Length: on loom: 97.5”; off loom and after washing: 79”. This is 7” longer than I had originally planned.
For my birthday I am thinking of asking for a tripod. I have a monopod which works pretty well but sometimes even with that I am shaky. And taking a clear picture with one hand is impossible! You should see all the attempts I culled out.
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