Archive for August, 2021

Swiftly, Swiftly

August 26th, 2021 No comments

Turning skeins of yarn into something manageable requires something other than willing hands. A yarn swift is the answer, but many are huge, expensive, and bulky to store. This one isn’t!

The Woolery says this swift is Amish-designed; it’s branded “ChiaoGoo”. You can see that it breaks down very compactly, which makes it perfect for weavers like me who have infrequent need of a swift. Read more…

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Paper Towel Update

August 20th, 2021 No comments

So I finished weaving the paper towels, but I’m unsatisfied. I don’t think they’re going to work in any way as paper towels.

Untreated, just off the loom.

This is partly because I chose to make the cotton swathes broad enough that the textures — the paper Shosenshi and the cotton fiber — are too disparate to work well together when used in this way; they absorb differently, and they’re a little difficult to handle.

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Weaving Paper Towels — Part Two

August 12th, 2021 No comments

With all the prep finished for the paper towel project described in Part One, I began to weave.

The tape measure is looped, and attached, to the loom,
at the right to keep it from pulling at the selvedge,
and the clips are attached about a quarter inch (.6 cm) in,
for the same reason.

As I was reluctant to cut the Shosenshi paper fibre, I hadn’t done any sample weaving. This was less disastrous than it might otherwise have been, since making towels in plain weave isn’t necessarily precision work. Read more…

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