You may have seen me write before about my loathing of cotton yarn. I need to change that. I strongly dislike knitting with the stuff, but I’ve recently discovered that I LOVE to weave with it.
I dyed a bunch of cotton this past spring. I dyed at least 10 lbs of it and have another 30 or so waiting to go.
I like to test out my yarns before I sell them and well, I needed to test the cottons before I went further. I set aside one that got a splotch of blue in it (Bad blue where it didn’t belong) and figured I’d knit a swatch and run it through it’s tests. That swatch was never knit. Every so often I’d look at the skein of yarn and shudder.
Trying to think of what to put as samples on the shop loom over the weekend, I came up with this skein of cotton. I used the Schacht flip loom and used their direct warping directions (which are amazingly fast and perfect).
Here is the small sample that I wove
And after a vigorous machinewash and dry:
The photos were taken in different lighting situations but I assure you the colors are the same, I matched it up with the left over yarn.
I’m really pleased with this yarn. It washes out soft and beautiful. My colors are fast and there is very little shrinkage. Maybe 10%?? I’ll have to actually measure. I’m a visual kind of gal which is why I drew the corners on a piece of paper instead of simply measuring the sample. Once club is out the door I’ll be dyeing up the rest of the cotton I have and probably ordering more. Hopefully I’ll have a bunch done for the VT sheep and wool.
I also set this up this past weekend.
It’s a Louet Kombo 70 loom. I really like this. It’s got a simple design but very cool. It comes with 4 harnesses and you can add 4 more later to make it an 8 harness loom. I like that it’s upgrade-able and that it’s simple construction is a good way for beginners to get introduced to weaving. Since it’s a kit, you put it together and really get to understand the workings of a standard table loom. Not to mention that it folds up and pops off it’s stand to become a really portable thing. Great for classes or whatnot.
Yesterday I set up this loom so people will be able to try that out. I set up a stripey twill. I didn’t want to do straight tabby because any loom can do that. I wanted to show what having a 4 harness loom can do. Twills look complicated but they’re really simple to do.
I’m using some Paton’s Classic from the stash. I didn’t want to wait to dye something, though I am dyeing something for the next loom (The Schacht Baby Wolf should be here in the next couple of weeks). In December I plan to have a big floor loom on display for people to give it “go”. My thought is, how can you decide if a small Rigid heddle loom is enough to satisfy that need to weave, if you can’t try out some of the bigger ones too?
I’ve started to list the looms on the site HERE. I wasn’t going to because I’m hoping to revamp the site soon (how long have I been saying that?). I figured I’d get them listed just in case I didn’t get my site revamped as soon as I’m hoping. More and more will go up as I can