The dimensions are 4" x 4.5". The warp is natural colored carpet warp. The weft yarns are 2/8's shetland wool. I did tire of wedge weave as the end neared, so added plain weave and an isolated plain weave block at the top. As usual, click for bigger.
What I learned from this sample:
- Wedge weave packs down more and draws in less than plain weave, hence the somewhat trapezoidal shape of the finished piece.
- Carpet warp tends to flake a bit and those flakes come to the surface of the weave.
- I like playing with free form design in tapestry techniques. There's something about having only a general plan, while thinking through the next color and the next steps.
I varied how far the weft advanced across the web, and how densely the yarn was packed in the different bands. Next I'll finish off this section then start another sampler incorporating the black and white with a few colors. Maybe I can make a small bag from that.
True Conversation: Last week, I set about washing some handspun handknit gloves and mitts in the kitchen sink while my adult son was making a cup of tea. As the wool hit the water he sniffed in a deep breath and said, "Ahh....I love the smell of wet wool." Then he added, "I mean clean wet wool, not necessarily some of that raw fleece you bring in from time to time."
I laughed and told him that both are an acquired 'taste', like so many good things. As he walked out of the kitchen with his mug of tea, I couldn't help reflecting that I learned to spin while I was pregnant with him almost 24 years ago. He's had plenty of time to acquire that taste.