Ian came up to check on me, because I can't hear him when I'm listening to my iPod. I'm back in my studio, loving the natural light and totally enjoying Maudie Mae. I had forgotten what a solid little citizen she is. I was so focused on getting acquainted with Goldie, that I hadn't woven on her in months.
I've started another set of dishtowels for a birthday present later this month. I'm doing these in 2/2 twill, again from the four-shaft pattern book. This exercise has really helped me to understand the interplay of threading, tie-up and treadling. This towel has a 14 treadle repeat: 3,2,1,4,3,2,1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4.
This towel has a 16 treadle repeat: 3 4,1,2,3,4,1,2,4,3,2,1,4,3,2,1. I can tell you that I'm not ready for eight treadles yet. I still get confused and lost on four! I finally had to turn off the music. The temple I ordered for this size is still back-ordered and so I soldier on with the selvedges. However, I'm finally getting comfortable with throwing the weaver's angle. Click for big to see the difference the treadling makes in the patterns.
I'm a big fan of plain weave so the third towel will simply be tabby with stripes. I haven't decided what the fourth towel will be. It might be tabby again since it's so fast. I need to get this project off, finished and mailed. I've made a folder in my pictures for towels and am putting photos in of them when finished and how I made them. I hope that will be good information later on.
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