Friday, February 10, 2012

Why I am Sampling

To me "Sample" is not a dirty word.  I have begun to work on the long white cotton warps that I bought last year from a mountain weavers estate.  I did not plan these warps, I did not wind them, and I am not familiar with 12/3 cotton, I don't know what the best sett in the reed will be for this particular project.  I have gone up  from 12 epi, which I used with the waffle weave, to 15 epi, since I only have a 15 dent reed for this loom, and at 15 epi this project is 26 inches, which will fit my little loom.

Sampling is the only way I am going to find out if the sett is correct. I finished winding this warp back onto the loom on Wednesday.  I tied it on and was amazed that I did not have a threading error! I took some navy 8/2 cotton, which is a little thicker than the warp and began to sample.

First, I must say that it is nice to see something besides white!  Second, I love this pattern!  It is the Friendship Twill in the Davison book.

On closer examination, I notice that the table element which is supposed to be a square, isn't a square.   I think that first, I will try doubling the weft to see if that helps.  Then, I will cut it off and wash half of it to see how the hand of the cloth is, and the final dimensions after finishing.  Only then I will know if I will have to change the sett to square it up or if  it will be fine just as it is.

I may have to go up to 20 epi to get the cloth I want.  That would make it 19.6 in the reed, still very doable for hand towels, though a little narrow for breadcloths.

Here is a close up of the table element.

Lunch time!

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina


LA said...

That is working up so nice!!!! Wet finishing will give you the information you'll need.

Bonnie said...

It looks good from the picture. Hope it washes up the way you want it.

Theresa said...

I'm sure you'll get it just perfect. Such a pretty pattern.

Anonymous said...

What a great post. I've read about sampling and now understand even more why it's so valuable. Lovely cloth! ~Marta in SF