Custom Woven Interiors.
This was the first Rep weave project I've done on my own, even though I've been weaving since 1980. Until I got my Macomber Loom, I didn't have a loom that would hold enough tension to do Rep Weave. Then last year I took Rosalie Nielson's workshop on designing for Rep weave.
Last week the time was right: I had the yarn, I have the loom, I had Kelly Marshall's "recipe", I had Rosalie Nielson's instructions, and since spring is dragging it's feet I had the time! All systems GO!
Winding a warp with so many colors at 48 epi on a warping board is not for the faint of heart, but it can be done.....one block at a time. It did inspire me to download images for building a warping reel from Edward Worst's instructions for a project for hubby. (It's page 11 of this document...thank you Handweaving.net!)
Dressing the loom produced all the usual glitches...threading errrors, repair heddles to fix those errors, sleying errors. The only error I didn't make was a crossed warp...oh, and the tension stayed even through out the weaving. (By that sentence you know that the warp is off the loom....no weaver says those things until it's all over.)
On to the relaxing part: throwing the shuttle and swinging the beater.
This morning I set the table:
It usually takes me awhile to like a finished project but not this time. The only problem is that I did not pay attention to the weft directions in the book. I had it in my head that the thick weft was used doubled, and the book calls for it to be used as single strand. As a result, the placemats are about 22" long....kind of long for placemats. But hey, we like to spread out around here.
Now I'm dragging out all of my yarns, notebooks, and graph paper with an eye to another Rep project.
May all your projects make you happy!