So a few months ago a friend handed me a bag of wool yarn (colored) and said "make somethingout of this". OK - When do you want it by? Mid Sept was the answer - which is sort of this weekend!! So last night, while watching "Stardust" for the umpteenth time, I broke out the warping board, the yarn and commeced warping off my threads. All the yarn is this HUGE rough wool rug yarn, just like the stuff I began weaving with. It was cheap, 100% wool and long lasting (I still have some pillows I made 20+ years ago). The only bad part was, one color had bugs (you know - the "sand") and another color, someone had used to much alum as a mordent and the wool was rotten.
After I got over my panic of the "sand" I came up with enough stuff to weave another one of the bags. I figured I'd use the small floor loom to welcome it back home after being foster out for the last 10 years or so. Like I said - the yarn is THICK! I used a 6 dent reed and everything is nice and close.
So Sunday evening I was able to warp the threads (only 90 so it wasn't that difficult) and I threaded the reed. This morning I got up and took everything out the the garage - I mean the studio and dressed the loom. Now this loom was my first. I got it from a Braille school in Oragne County for a small donation some 20+ years ago. It's been a great loom - only 20 inches wide, simple 4 harness, and no brake. I've tied a rope around the cloth beam to act as a brake. It servces the purpose.
I got the loomed dressed and had my foundation woven in by lunch. The the problem. I really should have gone with a black of even a grey as the weft, But I know I don't have much of either, so I went with white. I think a darker weft would have enhanced the natural dyed yarns, but what can you do. And as I still need to weave the strap for it, I wasn't going to have time to spin up a balck weft.
I finshed weaving about 4PM and finsihed my day watching a movie with the husband. You've got to relax nd snuggle occasionally.
More pictures later in the week
OH!!! About the grade of wool!!! I have been weaving with a variety of wools for the past 10 years and had forgotten how rough rug wool is. In fact, I think its rougher then the black welsh mountain fleece I have to spin up. And what yarns are left over are currently sitting in teh freezer. I better tell the hubby about them.