A Plain Weaver Takes a Holiday

Once every ten years or so I like to crank up all 8 harnesses and all 10 treadles just for the fun of it. (and also to see if I really can do it)(grin)

This is an harness block twill, inspired by Coby Johnson, current president of the Missoula Weavers Guild. She presented a program on block twill over a year ago, and I decided I would like to give it a try. Unfortunately the draft is in Gary’s loom bench across town, so if you want to draft, you will have to let me know.

I hate to admit that the square is the only part of the warp that I wove as I had to cut this off to make way for the Blessing Blanket. I removed the remaining warp and retained the cross, so I could put it back on the loom at a later date. The plaid (notice the twill) in the background will be the long awaited towels I owe for the towel exchange.

Sue and Sandra don’t faint! I haven’t finished them off yet. I messed up the sett and had to re-sley, so the really will be more of a square napkin than a towel.

Who said after weaving 52 years, one would stop making these silly gaffs.

Below is the wrapping I made for this warp—spells out the word “peace”. There will be more about this in the weeks to come.

There is really much to tell, but since I will be heading off to teach in Alberta in a couple of days, the best I could do is to give you a taste of what I have been up to.

A word about the color choices for the towel/napkin/table mat. A while back I talked about achieving ZYG (zero yarn growth) by alternating projects featuring “stash reduction” followed by “stash expansion”. Above is stash reduction.

This entry was posted in In the Studio, Talking Threads, Towel Exchange, Woven Words.


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    Thistle Rose Weaving May 16, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    Bonnie, the harness block twill is just lovely. I especially love the color choices you made. Looking forward to seeing the peace blanket when you are done weaving it. Enjoy your visit to Alberta, wish I was there to participate in your class.

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    Breanne May 16, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    That teal and that orange! I want to eat it!

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    Sue Bye May 17, 2012 at 1:54 am #

    I managed to pick myself up off the floor. Looks like the towel/napkin will be worth waiting for.