Kitchen towels of 8/2's cotton in 8 harness point twill with various treadlings. Inspiration for this project is from the Jan/Feb 2006 Handwoven cover article. I changed the colors, stripe widths, and some of the tie-ups. The finished towels measure 25.5" x 14.75". I love'em!
Admittedly, this warp has been on the loom for quite awhile....I just went back and checked. It's embarrassing, so I'm not linking to the original post. However, that was the intention of going to Penland: to jump start my weaving and get me to the loom more regularly. In this first week home it appears to have that effect.
Replies to comment questions (from previous post and Penland photo set):
Meg: I don't know that I'll write much more specifically about the Penland experience. In the class introduction, Randy promised that the class would be more about "attitude and alchemy" in making cloth. He was successful in mentoring us in that way. Words fail me when trying to communicate. Hopefully what shows up on this blog will reflect the shifts in my attitude and the alchemy in the cloth produced here.
Sharon, regarding noise in the loom studio: Actually, it was fairly quiet. Most of the looms are Macombers which are surprisingly quiet. Although jack style looms, Macombers use a pulley mechanism to lift suspended heddle frames. The result is that the heddle frames lower smoothly in treadling and since they are suspended, they don't rattle so much during beating. Most other jack looms use a scissors type of lift mechanism, so when you take a foot off a treadle the heddle frames just crash back down to the rest position. And since the heddle frames in these looms are contiguous with the loom (rather than suspended like the Macomber), the heddle frames with all of their metal heddles "shudder" when you beat the web. The most common noise associated with the Macombers were the curses when the wire hooks that tie the treadles to the lamms would slip out of place and cause treadling errors.
- I didn't use any of my handspun singles. However I did recieve a lot of inspiration to do so in future weaving.
- Randall didn't weave the vest in the photo, but he did discharge dye it. It seems that he "improves upon" any ready made garment either through discharge, over dyeing, or a combination of both....with good effect.
- Most of the strolling around the grounds that I did were to various studio's and resident artist barns. The surroundings are beautiful but I was plagued by pollen allergies while there, so preferred working in the studio to wandering among the allergens.