What's on the Looms?
It's time for a weaving update. I now have four floor looms although only three of them are dressed. The fourth loom is the Tools of the Trade loom that I talked about last month. Fran was looking for a buyer and when we couldn't find one in time for her move to a smaller home, I bought it. The loom is for sale so if you're interested, please let me know. In the meantime, I intend to dress her up and see how she weaves. I've planned the first run of kitchen towels but don't have her warped up yet. Here are the colors I'm going to be playing with.
The Schacht floor loom is sporting a bright colorful warp. These kitchen towels are made with Beam, a new 3/2 cotton yarn from Gist. I preordered 12 cones and am giving them a try. The larger yarn size weaves up quickly. I'll be interested to see how I like the hand once they are washed and hemmed. When Peggy first saw the wound warp she asked - Who are you and what have you done with Penny? It's a little out of my comfort zone. I'm usually the one using naturals or neutrals rather than bright colors. They look great and should be wonderful kitchen towels.
The Gilmore loom is warped with cottolin in more normal Penny-type tones. There is mauve and taupe, a dull red and natural mixed together in what should be wonderful kitchen towels. I adapted the pattern from an article in Handwoven - I love the idea of pinwheels in a plaid. These should be wonderful!
And, finally, the Louet. This is my computer controlled loom in the middle of a run of linen bath towels. I started warping this project a very long time ago and have been steadily not weaving on it. I'm not sure why it has taken me this long to finish. I wove the first towel, took it off the loom, washed and hemmed in and gave it to Peggy for Christmas several years ago. Since then I have finished weaving two more towels. If my math and memory are correct, that leaves three more towels left to weave.
That's what's going on in my studio. How about yours? What are you weaving on these long hot days? Let us know!