There are many different ways to design a weaving project; do you choose the item, the fibre or the pattern first? For this project I start by looking into the stash for colours that pleased me. What caught my eye were large cones of 3/10 cotton in sunny yellow, warm peach and spring flower pink.
The runners are going to be plaid so I started with the draft for the Lynch tartan, our family tartan. Mom wove the Lynch tartan back in 2014 using wool in the Ancient colour palette of blue, green and scarlet (blog post 1 and blog post 2). I have changed the colours to yellow, orange and pink.
For the first runner I choose to weave double the number of threads in each stripe, for example the pink stripe went from 4 to 8 threads. It made for a surprisingly long pattern repeat of 20 inches! I was only able to get three repeats for the entire runner.
I’ve just started weaving the second runner and I went with a smaller repeat, which is lovely but I’m changing colours a lot more frequently, so the weaving is slower too.
Final Garden Picture is a vase full of willow branches in the front hallway. The branches are lined with fuzzy silver tufts of catkins; they are a lovely sign of spring, and a gift from our neighbour.