Over the summer, I didn't weave much, but I did pick up two small tools to help with weaving.
My huck towel project stalled last spring. First, I got busy with the color workshop I took, and then summer hit. All semblance of a schedule went out the window.
Plus my studio was super hot. Even though I have a window air-conditioner, it required more coordination and forethought than I was capable of to go up and turn it on to cool down the space with the looms so I could weave a few hours later.
Also, the design for the project had four towels, but I had 7 or 8 towels worth of warp on the loom. The article in Handwoven that inspired the project suggested that I do some designing of my own for any remaining towels.
My problem isn't a lack of ideas. It's that I have too many ideas....and I think and ponder and add more....So it becomes totally overwhelming to choose.
One good thing about vacation is that it takes me away from my usual thought patterns and routines. On vacation, I decided that I really wanted to get back to a solid studio practice, and that one of the simplest ways to do that would be to start weaving the warp that's already on the loom. Weaving. Not endlessly wondering which of my ideas would work best.
So I'm taking the easy way out and just repeating the first four towels in the article. I've already got towel 5 from this warp almost finished.
More weaving. Less thinking.
Now, about those tools.
From a tip in an old Handwoven, I read about these cross-stitch rulers.
The lines and numbers (10, 11, 14, 16, 18, etc) on the bottom of the ruler are stitches per inch.
When you hold it up next to your weaving, you can tell if you're weaving the desired number of picks per inch.
It took me a day or two to get used to using this ruler instead of counting picks, but it is much quicker once you're used to it.
My other new cool tool is this pair of curved scissors. I can cut close to the warp without the tip cutting something unexpected. Love them!
Taking this towel to meet the towel designer
Cutting off a single towel: One Stick Trick
Worrying at the start of the warp
More start of warp worrying
The beginning of this project
1 day ago