Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Glorious cotton/boucle and a little recycled sari silk...

I'm crazy in love with our new 2/8 cotton and 2/8 cotton boucle - the colours are enchanting and although there are a variety of uses for cotton (handknit lacy summer shawls, crochet, dish/wash cloths, etc.) as a weaver, I'm over the moon about stocking this particular weaving staple. I purchased just about every colour we brought in and here's what they look like in my studio.

First I wove a t-towel, sett at 12 epi with 276 ends, using 2/8 cotton in ivory, black, rust, and brown for the warp, and brown cotton boucle for the weft.

And then I wove a sample scarf as I'm making a tunic and wanted to see how the fabric would turn out.  The sett was 12 epi with 72 ends using 2/8 cotton and cotton boucle in an emerald green and purple -- the green stood out too much for my liking (perhaps an olive would have worked better) so I chose another set of colours for my tunic warp.  The weft is Mango Moon recycled sari silk (one of my first purchases at Fun Knits when Shelley was in the little cottage) and pash-mohair combined into one strand.

And here is the new warp for the tunic fabric.  It's a combination of a reddish burgandy and a reddish purple (Sorry Shell, can't remember the names - I'll look for them at work on Thursday).
The weft is the Mango Moon recycled sari silk twined with purple pash-mohair.
And here it is directly off the loom unwashed.....

I'll machine wash and dry it a little, and let you know how it feels.
Happy knitting/weaving/spinning and whatever else gives you joy and meaning.


kate said...

Deb, you are doing some beautiful things with your weaving!

Deb said...

thanks kate, you're welcome to come try your hand (and heart) at weaving any time that works.