Weaving on the warp I showed you in my last post has commenced and here's what it looks like so far:
The idea for the stripes was inspired by Susan, who has also been experimenting with twills recently. She wove two striped scarves which I absolutely loved. Or course, my twill threading is different from hers, so the look is totally different, but I like the way it is turning out.
I am a little disappointed that the bumpy texture of the handspun is flattened out under tension, and hoping it will reveal itself once the afghan is off the loom.
The commercial yarn, which is wool, is somewhat slipperier than acrylic I've been using on the other afghans. This surprised me. The handspun is hairier / fuzzier, but fortunately isn't sticking to itself as I weave.
The zig zags were a last minute inspiration. The threading is a straight twill, 1 through 8. My treadling is 8 through 1, twice, (I started treadling on the right side. Why? I don't know!), then 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and back to 8 - 1 again. This requires minimal concentration, so as I weave I'm considering the fringe. I have an idea but will have to see how well it works.
Cathy asked if I plan to keep this afghan for myself. I assume so. My actual plan is that if I finish it in time for my next guild meeting, I will enter it in our member's show. I've never entered anything in a show before. I've thought about it, but have never taken the step. Of course, this also assumes that the final product has no glaring imperfections. Even so, this being an unjuried show, the pressure for perfection is greatly diminished.
One question I have about entering, has to do with filling out the entry form, on which there is a spot for "Price/NFS." My tendency is to fill it in "nfs," because I don't have a clue as to how to price my handwovens. However, for the sake of my DH, who has been unfailingly supportive and whose faith in my ability to create marketable items has been unwavering, I suppose I will put a price on it. But I am at a loss as to know what price to put!!!! Suggestions would be welcome here. You can either leave your suggestion in the comments or email me at leighsfiberjournal (at) gmail (dot) com with them!
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