Challenge Number 1 -
In the spring, I put a black bamboo warp on my table loom because my daughter wanted a black scarf. I put on enough for two scarves. I decided to use a dark olive bamboo for the weft. I am pretty sure that the first scarf is going to be way to stiff as I am pretty sure I beat it a bit to hard. The second one will be looser - I just need to get back to it. I really like how it looks.
Summer has been very busy. The weaving I have done has been on the floor loom for baby gifts or on a rigid heddle while on vacation. This week starts football season in Tennessee so it will be a good time to pull that little loom up in front of the TV and get weaving. So the challenge here is to pick up where I left off and finish the scarf.
Challenge Number 2 -
Last week I wrote about another bamboo scarf that I was planning to embellish. I tried several things to soften it up. I steamed it - not much success. I soaked it in fabric softener for a day, rinsed it, threw it in the tumble cycle, and then steamed it again. That combination worked and it is much more pliable and has better drape.
Challenge # 3
The Tuesday Weavers have a challenge project every year that comes due around Christmas time. This year the challenge is weave two bamboo shawls - one to gift and one to keep. In June, I put on a warp long enough to weave three shawls because I needed one for a gift in late July.
Being a fairly new weaver - I decided that simple was good. I did not want to try lace or overshot for this big project. So I looked through my Davidson pattern book and selected a "textured weave" called linen weave - simple yet elegant. After listening to the conversation at the center I decided sett of 17.5 epi. It took 460 threads (Yikes if I ever contemplate that again shoot me).
|Ready to go????|
Hummmm, so do I remove 100 threads and re-thread my reed to 13 epi or am I okay with a dense weave? Yesterday, I had convinced myself to re-thread and now writing this I am leaning the other way. If I choose not to re-thread I can jump back on the loom and whip them off in the matter of a few days. Then I could start weaving rugs for the fall show.
Yes, I am finding plenty of challenges weaving with bamboo.
Until next time - be well,