Friday, December 4, 2009


Posted by Peg in South Carolina

Birdseye view of fabricThis is a bird’s eye view of the piece.  It is still window screening.  Clicking on the image will raise it full size;  then the window screening will really show!  But it is window screening as it ought to be.  When the scarf comes off the loom, the fabric will close together a bit.  Washing it will close it up still more.

I have decided to weave this piece with a temple.  I think the selvedges will look better.  I think the whole piece will look better.  Despite the fact that I move the temple after 8 shots…….  I’m getting used to it, though.

If you go to the related post on temples, you will see that when I wrote that—in July of 2007—I said that I had never used a temple on my handspun, only on silk warps or wide warps that needed to be beaten very tightly.  A girl can change her mind…….

Related Post:  Temples

"Weaving Finally Begun on Handspun Warp” was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on December 4, 2009. ©2009 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina.


Delighted Hands said...

Yes, she can. I like the look of the weave. It will change more after wet-finishing so don't bad mouth it yet!!! The color alone is very timely.

Anonymous said...

The variation of colour and texture is lovely, and the small green stripes work very well to frame and define.

Margreet said...

Peg, lovely weaving with your handspun yarn! I really like it. It was good to change the sett to what it is now.

Dorothy said...

It's looking beautiful!

Please could you tell me, what does "window screening" mean, is it like a window screen, if so, what is window screen like?

So many domestic textiles in the US are different to the UK, and the words used for things are a whole different language.

Peg in South Carolina said...

Thank you, Delighted Hands and Fibres of Being. Magreet, yes, I am very glad I changed the sett.
Dorothy, window screening is what Americans put on their windows to keep out mosquitoes. It's kind of a metal mesh. I'm sure you must have this in England, but call it something else? Often, weaving on the loom looks just like this mesh instead of the coherent piece of fabric it will turn out to be when it is off the loom and washed.

Leigh said...

Lovely! Interesting about adjusting the sett too. Interesting how after all the intellectual gymnastics of calculating sett, your intuition was what was right about it.

Peg in South Carolina said...

Leigh, I think one of the issues may be is that this is a very tightly spun and plied yarn. And then there is the issue of the nubs. I have always regarded the results from working the fomulas as a useful place to begin, not necessarily the final place.