In the Weaving Studio
From Janet: The moment our Harrisville Shetland cones arrived in the shop my brain started dancing. The colors! The possibilities! Can I handle the fiber and do it justice? Let the warping begin! A warm winter wrap is planned. I narrowed the choices for the warp down to seven or eight colors. Thankfully, Lori and Fran helped me narrow it down to a more subtle three - warm mustardy yellow, rusty orange and deep brown. The weft will be a simple two color tabby (unless I change my mind!). As I’m dressing the loom, colors keep shifting in my mind’s eye, so many options! I’m sure there will be a surprise along the way. After all, I have 72 inches to play with and with these lovely colors I can’t go wrong.
From Fran: I recently finished my Shetland wool scarf (yarn was actually purchased on Shetland years ago), and I have learned so much with this project. This yarn is a little more likely to stick to itself and is a little more fragile than others I have worked with. During weaving, I needed to tension the other half of a warp yarn that broke at the start of the warping process and with my beginner skill set, I got it too tight. You can probably guess what happened next….a broken warp yarn and this time next to where I was weaving. It provided the opportunity to learn how to fix a broken warp yarn and carry on from there. I am now warping the loom to begin another Frida Poncho as a sample for the shop. This time I will be using our Sahara Silk which is 65% fine silk and 35% baby camel. Every fiber and yarn has its own unique characteristics and thus, a unique opportunities to learn. What could be better?