Thick, bulky fabric!
Both fabrics were woven on Ashford rigid heddle looms using the 2.5 dpi (dents per inch) heddle.
- the measuring stick in these photos is 48″ long
- it takes me a while to figure out how to get even edges
- and yes, I use toilet paper for headings
The twill tape experiment came first – using a 16″ loom.
Then I expanded a bit for the second experiment – using a 24″ loom.
The twill tape and fabric strips became these 3 pieces.
Good examples of what can happen when you get overly excited about the middle of the weaving – and don’t pay attention to the beginning or the end (note the curved hems). Next time – I’ll be more careful with the hem sections.
They’re also good examples of what I like to call “prototypes” or, even better – “handwoven samples you can use”.
So – from my first experiment using thick, bulky warp – I got potholders! And a lot of information about what to do next time.
The second experiment remains unfinished. Super bulky warp yarns aren’t ideal for a folded woven hem. And I’m not a big fan of fringe on the floor.
So after staring at it for a few days, (with a piece of leftover binding pinned to the edge) I decided to make more of the same dark brown, handspun/handwoven twill fabric that I used to bind the edges of this piece:
The yarn’s been spun.
But I want it to be the first warp I put on and weave off when I’m ready to get back to weaving with a floor loom. So that’s on “hold” for now.
In the meantime, there are a couple more things I want to try with that big, funky heddle. And I’ve got lots more spinning to do. Most of it related to my continuing quest to explore what it takes to make a good rug.
As much as I love the thick handspun fabric I wove on the RH loom – I think it’s best to describe it as being “rug-like” – and not what I would consider “good fabric for a rug”. (More about that later).
The thing about it is, neither project needed to be anything.
Something else was going on. Something more than any particular handwoven thing.
What I “got” when I wove with thick, bulky warp was (way) more than potholders and a rug.
Working with those wide open spaces in the 2.5 dpi heddle helped me think about (and do) things differently.
Exactly what I’ve learned to expect from weaving.
I gotta go do my PT for knees.