The work on Time Warp is moving forward more smoothly and expeditiously than I had feared it would, based on my experience with the warping process. Only one broken thread so far, and I’m nearly halfway through the eight and a half yards of warp.
Here’s the midpoint of shawl #1, where I put the loom into reverse (yes, I really did) and wove the second half as a mirror image of the first. Why? you may ask. Simple — if I hadn’t, the two ends would not have matched, and while I’m fond of asymmetry, this is not where I wanted it.
I finished weaving that one yesterday, and prepared it for the beaded hemstitching which I do at the end of each scarf and shawl I make. Here it is, all ready for that process ~
At the end of 86 inches of pattern weave, I shift to plain weave (aka tabby), put in one strand of a nice fat cord to create a space, and then do about three-eighths of an inch of plain weave using the weft yarn , in this case a midnight blue tencel, Then I select coordinating beads, thread a long doubled hunk of weft yarn into a small tapestry needle, and go to work. Here you can see it completed — all neat and tidy.
It’s painstaking, a wee bit tedious, and requires concentration. It also takes quite a span of time. But I love how it looks, and I love the almost-secret surprise it adds to every piece I weave. Lots of times, people don’t even know it’s there unless I point it out.
Today I dug in, and after thoroughly cleaning off my work table (nope, no photos — too embarrassing), I got a good start on Time Warp #2. It’s being woven with a dusty burgundy tencel, in a more complicated pattern than the first one, and is already a quarter done.
It’s a glorious sunny afternoon, with a light breeze from the North, temperature about 70. Time to knock off here and get outside to enjoy it.