Controversial purple…

My grandmother had very strong opinions about colors. Specifically, purple! She would jokingly state that it “wasn’t a real color”… oh, Grandma! Every time I wore something remotely purple-ish, she would give me a hard time about it! Kind of makes me smile each time I look around at all the purple yarn I own! I can’t say it’s my favorite color. But, it definitely doesn’t make me scowl like it did Grandma! Ah, but I digress…

A Tale of Two Shuttles
A Tale of Two Shuttles

And now, back to our regularly scheduled program…

Changing the spacing in the pattern
Changing the spacing in the pattern

The weaving is going well! I’m “cooking with gas”, as they say! At this stage, I’ve decided to slightly alter the pattern. I’ve started to incorporate a few more rows of yarn in between each row of neckties. It gives it a slightly more geometric feel, which I like!

The seedy underbelly... only prettier!
The seedy underbelly… only prettier!
Love the little bits of color!
Love the little bits of color!

When I’m weaving using the neckties, it’s a slower process than weaving only with yarn. Because each strip is a variety of sizes, I end up doing a lot of hand-positioning the strips because the shuttles will only carry the ties so far. It demands a little more patience than my other projects. It’s good for me… really…

Winding around the front
Winding around the front
A little bit of me in the photo!
A little bit of me in the photo!

I only own (2) looms – which you might think shows great control. But, the truth is, I have serious space restrictions… at least for now! Anyways, my other loom is a 14″ table loom. I’ve found that each loom has its own strengths. The big floor loom weaves much faster because it has  foot-manipulated pedals (treadles) at the bottom, versus the table loom which has hand levers on the top. The table loom, however, fits easily in my car! So, there you have it! Justification for why a weaver needs a minimum of (2) looms! (Like I need a justification! Ha! Good one!)

Backing up to take the photo - for once!
Backing up to take the photo – for once!
Bird's eye view
Bird’s eye view

You can see in the photo above that the end is in sight! (The knots at the back are the big clue!) This is particularly good, because I am beginning to get low on neckties!

Slowly changing shades
Slowly changing shades

Next up, I’ll finish this puppy up! A few more inches and then it’ll be free! You won’t want to miss it! Talk to you very soon…

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