Friday, January 01, 2010

Color and Weave Pinwheels - beginning to weave

As you can see, I have already threaded the yarn through the reed in the beater, tied it to the apron rod at the front of the loom, and started to weave. It's a challenging project, and I've gone from using just one shuttle at a time to three, with an occasional fourth. I tried cutting the yarn each time, but they change too frequently, and I found that it was best to work with the three shuttles, carrying the unused threads along the side, and only starting and stopping the black, because it is only used four times in the whole towel.

I can see that these will be taking me quite a while to complete, but will be beautiful when finished, so I'll keep working. I figure if I get tired, I can always do one pair with the beautiful stars, and another pair that are just stripes, although I've got other things to do, quilts to quilt, baskets to finish, so it shouldn't get tiresome when worked in between. Besides, I was able to get this far in just one evening!

I don't know if you can see the swirls starting to show up, but since I have 20 warp threads / inch, I found that I needed to beat harder to get 20 strands of weft yarn per inch.

The tighter 20/inch weft finally made the stars appear as they should!


fibresofbeing said...

It's looking good. Lovely colour choice.

ladyoftheloom said...

That is a beautiful towel! My favorite weaving project is towels.

Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog too.

Lovely baskets a few posts back, BTW.

Lynn Majidimehr said...

Thank you both for the compliments! I was able to get 3 off the warp, and they are off the loom, awaiting finishing.