Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Back to Maudie Mae

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.


Valerie said...

Lookin' good! How about just a straight twill as the 4th towel. 1-2-3-4...the challenge is to see if you can get a 45 degree angle in the twill diagonal.

Have fun!

Leigh said...

What great dishtowels! I like plain weave too but is sure is fun to experiment with the twill variations.

Alison said...

Hi! I found my way over here from Leigh's blog, and noticed you were talking about temples. I was reading about paperclip temples yesterday, on Weavolution, and wondered if it might be worth a try for you? (I can't vouch for them myself, but others seem impressed!)

bspinner said...

Great towels. I like both plain and twill and the colors you chose for them.

evelynoldroyd said...

Nice towels! I need to put some on my "to do" list, mine are all getting to the rag bag stage! I had no idea it could be so cool and snowy down there! Evelyn

Benita said...

I love the last one very much. I caught myself trying to reach out and touch it. I can imagine how it feels and I like it!!

Jenny said...

I love towels!! Yours are looking very nice. I also get confused with the treadling until I get a rhythm going. Have you seen my entry about the paperclip temple on my blog:
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Working on Selvedges and Speed

Life Looms Large said...

The towels are looking good!!

Don't be afraid of 8 shafts!! I think it's easier in some ways not to get lost. There are more numbers, but it's less likely to be just a bunch of 1,2,3,4's. Plus, your feet can kind of remember if you're somewhere toward the left or somewhere toward the right.

Stay warm!


Robin said...

Very pretty!! Makes me sorry I sold my looms!