Other elements of my life are infringing on my blog life this week. Instead of my usual very deep, incredibly insightful, humility-laden, and overly wordy posts, I am going to show you some glamour shots of the woven result of the long warp I’ve been thinking of as Rapunzel’s braid.
Day Seven—The Rosepath Pattern Sampler
This was the starting point for the whole project but it’s the piece that makes me happiest so I saved it for last.
The design is composed of a grid of 4 blocks by 13 blocks, creating 4-inch squares and representing 52 different patterns made possible by the way the loom is set-up at the beginning. Some are so similar it’s hard to see that they aren’t exactly the same. Some are very different. I like some; others don’t appeal.
But I have them, all in one place, to refer back to as I continue to weave! I developed skills, got to try some things that were new to me, worked in a finer thread, and with a much longer warp than I had.
I hemstitched both ends, an effect I love. The finished sampler is about 49 inches by about 15 inches, plus the fringe at two ends.
So, there you have it! Thanks for sticking around for this week’s worth of show and tell. Having someone to share this with makes weaving a lot more fun!
The warp threads were 7.5 yards longs (a little less than 7 meters). They were mostly unbleached Cottolin, a mix of cotton and linen, with a few threads of dark blue to make vertical stripes.
The project started as a pattern sampler that creates a grid of four patterns across and thirteen patterns from top to bottom. By a combination of the way the loom is threaded and the ways the treadles are pushed, I could get many different patterns in one piece of fabric. For reasons I can’t explain, that makes me ever so happy.
For anyone REALLY interested, I got the pattern for this Rosepath Sampler from pages 16 and 17 in Marguerite Davison’s A Handweaver’s Pattern Book.
Once I was done the sampler portion of the project, I had enough warp left to make six dishtowels. I love dishtowels! I used a different treadling pattern on each one and played around with some different colors.
I’ll show a towel each day this week. On the seventh day, we won’t rest—I’ll show you the sampler, which turned out well enough to make me begin to feel like a real weaver!
I have lots of evidence of how kind and supportive you are, so don’t feel the need to comment every day on every towel!