Sunday, August 16, 2009
Hot Tamalé Tea Towels
Summer is such a busy time with family and friends visiting and around here fire scares! Weaving just has to be put on the back burner it seems. I have finally, whew, finished what I’m calling my Hot Tamalé tea towels. I used 2/8 cotton from my stash for the warp and used the last of the orange cotton from the warp to weave 3 towels; then onto a yellow/orange 2/22 cottolin for 3 more and finishing up with raspberry 2/22 cottolin for the last one…. I won’t talk about the blue one, yuk….that’s mine, but the rest are really vibrant! Thank goodness my daughter Ngaire helps by posting her weaving projects too or this blog would be very few and far between! These towels are in one of my favourite 8 shaft patterns and were supposed to be a quick weave to center myself. I’m sure you all have a weave structure or pattern that has rhythm and allows you to reaffirm good weaving habits, well, this is mine. Unfortunately I just couldn’t stay inside and weave….you know fruit to freeze, jam to make, tomatoes to pick! Today I got the towels washed and machine dried, now only hemming and entering them into my inventory is left. I keep my stock listed on an Excel spreadsheet which helps me price and track what sells and where it sells. I’ve started putting my next project on the loom today. I’m giving Turned Taqueté a go. I took a seminar from Bonnie Inouye in June at the ANWG in Spokane WA, and this is a weave of which she spoke enthusiastically. It is very similar in many ways to Echo Weave, but has different tie up and treadling. I’m using 2/8 tencel in maize and silver alternately with black borders. The weft will be black 2/20 tencel. I’ve put on enough warp for two scarves, so I’ll have fun with the treadling. Last week I met some lovely folks; retired production weavers in Penticton when I drove up to buy some of their stash. Mr. Barr was very generous and gifted me with this amazing Leclerc bobbin winder. It’s huge! The ratio is amazing and it seems that only a few turns fill the pirns. My husband just tightened the drive band and it works a treat!