What next?

I have so many ideas I want to try but I may end up still using the same overshot pattern for a while. We’ll see. I’d like to weave some scarves up using that pattern perhaps. This idea just doesn’t sound very appealing right now because I’ve had the same warp on my loom for two months. Bleh. We’ll see.

I did begin the preliminary calculations of double weave pocket scarves and I think I may have figured out what I’ve been doing wrong. I think I’ve been miscalculating the shrinkage and take-up. Those should be calculated into the woven length not the length of the warp. It doesn’t do any good to just add extra to the warp number if you don’t change the length of the piece being woven.

So let’s say I want a scarf that is 72″ long (finished length). In order to get that (and depending on the fiber being used) I would weave a scarf 80″ long because shrinkage is usually about 10ish%. But I can’t just weave a scarf 72″ long and then add 8 inches to the warp and expect the scarf to not shrink. Anyway I think that’s the problem. The main thing is I need to calculate for loom waste properly. It’s different for tying on. Normally I’d figure about 25-28 inches of loom waste because the back apron can only go so far. But with tying on it’s different I’ve had as little as 12″ of waste before (front and back) Anyway, I’m going to try to be more diligent about making sure  my calculations are correct.

Also, I need to find a faster way of twisting fringe….
~JoAnna

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3 thoughts on “What next?

  1. Aww I remember you telling me about those scarves with the little pocket at the end! 🙂 I love that idea. I can’t wait to see what you do next! Exciting!

    Fringe… you mean even with your fringe twisting gadget its still annoying to do? What a bummer! I can imagine it is SUPER tedious.

    • Yeah, it still takes her several hours depending on how much fringe we’re talking about… At least she can do the twisting while watching TV and stuff, but still. I like the cool sound the little gadget makes when she really gets it going though! 🙂

      I don’t have much insight into what next with weaving, JoAnna, but when you finish your current fiction reading, I’d suggest looking at the Chronicles of Prydain again–lots of weaving and tapestry motifs used throughout, and in the fourth book, Taran tries his hand at weaving in his search to discover who he is! Just a random “what next” thought…!

    • Mostly twisting fringe is annoying now because I spent 10 hours twisting fringe on Arthur and Lauren’s table runner for their wedding. Boy, I must really love them. Lol!! 😉

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