Thursday, September 2, 2010
I put a bamboo warp threaded for huck lace on Mz. Emily (my 8 shaft Schacht.) It was 21 inches in the reed. I wound enough warp for 2 wraps. After playing with the treadling for the lace and allowing 8 inches for the fringe, I started weaving the first wrap. It took me 3 days to weave the first one! I just love hearing the sticks hit the floor....don't you? Thread rolls off the back beam, and cloth forms on the front beam. Then the light bulb went on, and in less than 24 hours, the second wrap was finished....hem stitching, too!!!
I followed the directions in Handwoven for wet finishing the bamboo, and dried it on low with a towel until it was almost dry, then I hung it up to finish drying. I can tell you that I was very concerned with how it felt. It wasn't soft....the lace pattern was barely visible. This morning I hard pressed it with a damp cloth, and now it's hanging to finish drying again. Now it is soft and drapes very nicely.
The unfinished wrap is 19 1/4 inches wide....the finished wrap is 16 inches wide. That was a surprise....I didn't think it would shrink that much. If I make another wrap, I think I'll add a few inches to the width.
Since I have a LOT of this natural bamboo, I might dye some in October when we have our dye day here and make another wrap....or two or three. I do so love huck lace.
Upon reflection.......I really love huck lace!!!!!
Have a safe & happy Labor Day Weekend!
p.s. I just got my new copy of Peggy Osterkamp's Weaving for Beginners--An Illustrated Guide. I have so much to learn!!!!