Now that Christmas is over and my son Eamon and his girlfriend Meghan are on their way back to Vancouver, I thought I’d share the sum total of my holiday weaving. These are also the first photos taken with my new Christmas Camera, how exciting! I'm still learning, so please bear with me during my learning curve.I was able to use the same warp of 2/8 unmercerized cotton that I had on the Jane loom from my last sample foray. I kept the sett at 24 epi but rethreaded and changed the weft to 2/8 orlec. Orlec is a well known yarn in Canada and is essentially Orlon that has all the properties of 2/8 mercerized cotton without the shrinkage and has a wonderful price point. This combination produced a dull warp with a shiny weft which showed the Paper Spot weave on eight shafts off perfectly.This group of weaves actually has no spots of which to speak; it is actually a dropped weave with an appearance much like Huck Lace, but without any holes in the fabric. The weave structure is a series of floats which are weft faced on the front of the piece, so in my case shiny; and warp faced on the back which is dull. It is a perfect weave structure to use with linen for tableware as the unwoven or dropped threads are held firmly in place structurally by plain weave.I wove one pattern repeat in a darker colour to show the lovely pattern. I think that this weave structure has plenty of potential and is rarely used as far as I can tell.
Well today is Ngaire’s birthday so I’m off to the kitchen to make one of Julia Child’s favourite cakes the ‘Queen of Sheba’ chocolate cake to finish off what I'm hoping is a wonderful birthday dinner.
Happy New Year and see you in 2010!