So, here we are at the weaving part. 🙂 At the bottom of the piece is the base line, it is done with a different yarn than the rest . It’s used to set up a solid place for the weaving to begin and to set the correct spacing of the warp (ends per inch, in this case 12 e.p.i.). As you can see, this base line does not do a great job of either one. Not that bad for the first project!
This view shows the pattern created by using a plain weave and two yarn colors, blue and cream. There are twelve warp threads of each color and the weft is eight rows of each. I intended each of the squares to be the same size but the tension wavered throughout the weaving. This caused some squares to be larger or smaller, wider or thinner, and a little wavy.
I like the checkerboard pattern because it gives a country feeling. Different patterns can be created using the plain weave and changes in yarn color. This link is a PDF with further explanation of plain weave and some examples.
These close-ups show some of the errors that can happen when tension of the warp threads is loose. Loose warps can cause loose weft. Inconsistent tension of the edge will cause slanting of weft at the edge, As I’ve said in previous posts, the tension of the warp is vital.
As weaving continued, my work became consistent. The width of the columns, although not equal in size across the width of the piece, were consistently equal along the length.
When the weaving is done, it’s time to remove the piece from the loom, and I chose to remove the piece all at once. I cut the warp threads long enough so that I could have fringe on the ends and gathered four warp ends together at a time and tied a double half hitch knot. I then trimmed them to even lengths. You can cut the fringe to any length you like. I like long fringe.
The weaving process itself went along rather quickly. Most of the time was spent on preparing the loom. In the image you can see minor imperfections here and there. The glaring problem with this piece is that as the weaving went along, the piece got thinner and thinner. I love it because it’s the first piece I have created.
That’s all for this project. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to drop a line.