Playing at the Loom

Yesterday another towel was begun, this time adding some blue into the mix as I was really feeling the need for a bit of color. Red will likely come along next. Though this was threaded as a ten shaft twill, none of the towels have been planned out ahead of time. Each one is started with a different weft or an idea, then sit down and start to play. Other weaving I have done, and the socks in particular, are planned out to the row and stitch, so this has been a little much needed fun.

While I finish up this warp, I am now choosing colors for the next warp, probably along the lines of hunter green/cranberry (or wine)/copper/navy (or med.) blue/gold. The loom will likely be left set up for plain weave and ten shaft twill. Coordinating rug warp colors will also be pulled from my stash for a few rugs. While weaving towels and table runners, I’ll be cutting and sewing weft strips (hunter/cranberry/navy/gold) from sheets I’ve been collecting. It will be nice to work with color again.

This weekend there will be some shifting around done in the weaving studio. I’m looking forward to things finally being settled in a workable layout. It’s not a huge area, but is accessible, pleasant, has a fireplace, more windows/light, and in winter, close to the woodrange for adding wood to the fire. The only storage room is two large shelf units, but that helps keep me focused on present work. The laundry room is on the main floor and will become a sewing, cutting, pressing area before long, adding to convenience. This is working out well.

3 thoughts on “Playing at the Loom”

  1. Yay color! (Although I do love this group of less colorful towels of yours!)Glad the studio move is working out well. My studio and house are still getting used to the new Toika. I think my old office upstairs will become my sewing room – currently I’m sewing in the dining room, which is a nice big space…..but then my mess is more noticeable.If at all possible, when you start your rugs I’m really interested in what that first part of the warp looks like when you just start to weave. (My continuing struggle to figure out draw-in!!) Someday I want to do rugs, and I know that part will be confusing for me. (Of course, that being said, that’s the exact type of request I’d be likely to forget in my excitement at getting a project rolling….so it’s OK if you don’t snap a picture!) Thanks!Sue

  2. I like the neutrals, too, and awhile after I’d started this warp, I opened a copy a of “Mary Jane’s Farm” magazine, and in an ad there was a stack of ivory and warm beige towels or such, all in stripes, plaids, etc., very similar to what I’m weaving now. Classic, simple, elegant, as I like much of my weaving to be.At this point, I’m just getting a little hungry for some color, and I know the other artists at The Studio Gallery like color (not too bright or gaudy), so a good part of the next warp will be for there. I’ll try to remember to take photos, Sue, of the beginning of the warp, it is something I continue to try to improve, trying different methods I read or hear about, then most often reverting back to what I learned at The Looms long ago.This has been a busy few days so trying to get my focus back on my goals and everything I need to get done for May thru October. I’ll be writing and taking photos of much of it in the weeks to come.

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