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June 2, 2021

it feels so-o good to be back, working in the studio

over the door “The President” clematis is a welcoming sight

I’ve been working on the warp for three days

using many tricks learned over 40+ years plus a couple new ones

was beginning to wonder if I’d forgotten how to weave – but it all came back

this morning I decided I couldn’t have tea and cookies until the weaving was back on track

bribery works!

I love this pattern and have woven it many times

but it uses eleven harnesses and there are many places to make a mistake when designing and warping

it is sett at 22 ends per inch – epi – and is threaded in a 12 dent reed

in a repeating pattern of 2 threads, 2 threads, and 1 thread

during the weaving process the warp threads look streaky which makes it difficult to see mistakes

a good washing after finishing and it is o.k. but that is too late to catch the mistakes

looking along the width of the weaving is the best way to check for mistakes

the colour challenge for June – purple – is finishedside one

and side two – the texture from the stitching feels very nice

I found purple difficult to work with – what is a true, secondary colour purple?

it always seems to be too blue or too red – and I didn’t have a lot of any in the stash

in good company with “The President” – here is more purple in the garden Siberian irises are magnificent

this rhododendron grows above the roof

the bees can’t get enough of the French lavender

and the humble chives bloom on

now back to the studio



10 Comments leave one →
  1. claire93 permalink
    June 3, 2021 4:02 am

    purple is one of my favourite colours ^^


    • June 3, 2021 8:42 am

      Claire – always found it difficult to work with but love it in the garden and this year it has been magnificent.


  2. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    June 3, 2021 1:29 am

    That weave looks lovely but I get that it is difficult to set up correctly. Good luck with it. I never used to be drawn to purple much but lately I have enjoyed it more and your challenge looks great. I especially like the flower on the second side.


    • June 3, 2021 8:53 am

      Sue – it just feels good to stop ignoring the weaving problem and get on with finishing the tea towels so I can plan new things. Basically I’m a weaver and I’ve been doing it for more than 40 years – it was my last job, teaching weaving to the handicapped for 12 years. Then I taught in my studio for 6-8 years. I don’t undo very often, thinking about it is more difficult than just getting down and doing it.

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        June 4, 2021 3:46 am

        I think that is true of other crafts too – I dislike mending and taking back knitting to correct a mistake is annoying too.


      • June 4, 2021 12:17 pm

        Sue – procrastination is an interesting coping mechanism, one I catch myself using a little too often.

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        June 5, 2021 3:09 am

        Me too!


      • June 5, 2021 10:35 am

        Sue – 🙂

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  3. June 2, 2021 7:17 pm

    I am glad the tea and cooky bribe worked – Hooray for weaving! Haven’t the last few days been lovely!? Purple abound down the hill too – a Rhododendron, and some Allium to add to your lavenders and Irises. I can’t believe it is June!


    • June 2, 2021 8:14 pm

      Kjerstin – the weather has been glorious, difficult to stay indoors. That’s the reason for the bribe. The flowers and indeed all growing things seem to be extraordinary this year – including the ants!


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