Hey there! So, I am cooking with gas, let me tell you! The project is coming along nicely! I can almost see the knots on the back. Shouldn’t be long now!
When the fabric is finished, it will be cut up into 2 different sized handbags. So, I’ve planned for “x” amount of rows of Clutches and “x” amount of Minis. Consequently, there are times when I know the row is finished and abruptly change to a new color. It’s not so glamorous when looking at the entire bolt of fabric. But, it will all be cut up in the end and no one will know!
Because of the seams in a necktie, there are little bits that will pop out of the fabric! They aren’t structurally critical. So, I trim them in the end and all’s right with the world!
Another benefit to creating fabric that will be cut/sewn is that I don’t have to worry about the sides being pretty! If I were working on a table runner or scarf, I would need to go back through at the end and hand-weave all the pesky little ends back into the fabric. Not so fun!!!
It was a long time ago now, but when I dressed the loom, I used yardsticks on the back beam to keep the yarns evenly wound on. I like to use them on the front beam too, in order to guarantee the fabric winds on smoothly. Could be overkill… who’s to say?
There have been a number of times during the project that I’ve had to stop and slice up more ties! And while I can somewhat imagine what they will look like together, it’s always a surprise! A brightly-colored tie can be placed with other brightly-colored ties and still stand out! Makes me think of a few people I know… (There some sort of philosophical musing about human nature in here somewhere, I’m sure…)
So, going through the actual weaving process is a little like going to Catholic Mass. You sit for a bit, stand for bit and if things go south, you kneel. On my loom, I can weave about 6″ to 6-1/2″ before I have to get up and forward the fabric. When you work with fatter materials, the weaving goes faster and therefore you are up and down a lot more! I don’t worry too much about carpal tunnel since I don’t really sit still for long!
You have been real troopers to hang in there with me! Next week, you’ll see the fabric off the loom! Promise! Until then…