16-shaft overshot designed by me, being woven on my Ashford 16-shaft table loom.
The yarn is 2/40 NM cotton (approx 10,000 ypp - around 26/2 equivalent) and is being used for tabby and doubled for the pattern weft.
The yardage is intended to be used for a garment of some kind, depending on how the fabric turns out.
New warp for a set of four tea towels in 5-shaft satin.
Bath towel in broken 2/2 twill and plain weave with a 1" basketweave selvedge. This towel was modelled on a Turkish peshtemal.
The warp is 5/2 mercerized cotton sett at 16 epi. The weft is 3/2 cotton woven at 16 ppi.
The finished towel measures 1.66 m x 0.70 m (65” x 27”) and weighs 700 g (1.5 lb).
"Pakistan" is one of Spunky Eclectic’s Colourways for a Cause with part proceeds going to Unicef’s Education program.
"Pakistan" Falkland Wool Top
Spinning method: Worsted
551 m (602 yds)
244 g (8.5 oz)
1127 ypp (DK weight)
New colours for Spring 2013 from Southern Cross Fibre.
The first bath towel was cut off the loom to finish it so I could take it for a test drive before weaving more. This baby sucks up water like nobody’s business, so I’m calling it a success. My only concern is the size of some of the floats (up to 13 mm/0.5″) which might snag if gifting them to someone who wears jewellery. I still have enough for another towel on the loom, so I might rethread for one of the tied unit weaves for the second one.
The finished towel measures 1.66 m x 0.70 m (65″ x 27″) and weighs 690 g (1.5 lb).
Overshot draft #34 - Baby Blanket by Barbara Elkins (WEBS) in 5/2 and 3/2 cotton.
Finished cutting out the pattern pieces for my flat cap. Cutting into handspun/handwoven fabric for the first time wasn’t nearly as nerve-wracking as I expected it to be.
The baby cotton boll I photographed two weeks ago.
Hard to believe around half a million fibres are growing inside.
A big crafting weekend! Wove and finished the handspun yardage for my flat cap project. Now I just have to suck up the courage to sew it. My entire sewing experience is pretty much hemming, so I’m a little nervous about screwing it up.
Also finished the spinning for my Riddari (Falkland singles) and cast on a sleeve last night before bed.
The cotton flowers start turning pink around 24 hours after they open. Following this, the flowers wither and fall, leaving behind a small, green boll containing around 30 seeds and the all-important cotton fibres.
As the fibres continue to grow and thicken within the boll, it enlarges until it becomes approximately the size of a small fig.