It’s time for something new – yay! Because weaving is a lengthy process, there is always a party at the beginning of a new project. While I haven’t been in the weaving business very long, I am blessed with some very loyal customers. One in particular has recently asked me to create a Christmas table runner for her. She and I worked together previously on an everyday runner for her dining room that was a great project for me! A lot of twill, twisted fringe, a pale green mixed in with other pastels – gorgeous!
So, I want to create something a little different this time! She has decided on the basic, traditional Christmas colors.
And as I was pondering what pattern to use, I found a fun Overshot pattern with a star design. It made me think of the Star of Bethlehem – appropriate, right? (This is from Anne Dixon’s The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory. If you are a weaver and don’t own this, hop online and order right now!… or after you finish reading this. You will love it!)
I drew a few sketches to help narrow down the overall style of the runner and she picked the one she liked.
The scene is set! I have my size, colors, and pattern ready to go! Next up, a date with the warping board!
The warping board is a tool used to measure out the yarns that will go into the loom, called the warp (go figure!). I have worked out all the measurements beforehand and I know how long each warp yarn needs to be. So now, all I need to do is wind it on, in order!
There are two pegs at the top that support “the cross”. The cross is a method of keeping everything in order, once the yarn comes off the warping board.
I’m almost there! Next up, I’ll take everything off the board and begin sleying the reed! I can’t wait!