Friday, January 20, 2017

M'eh. Could've Been Better

My first attempt with a palindrone skein was a bit of a flop. I'm glad I didn't pick my favourite of the three skeins for my initial experimenting!

Ready to be beamed, front to back.

First off, my attempt to get the colours to pool was less than perfect because my path on the warping board was not the perfect length. Next time I'll use a hybrid of methods and prepare a warp for the Saori loom using pegs, like would be done for a rigid heddle loom. That way I can adjust the length of the warp to the finest degree and get it exactly right -- but still take the warp to my preferred loom when I'm done.

January 10, 2017

My next mistake was choosing to use sewing thread as weft. In theory it seemed like a good idea. Nice fine weft allowed the pretty warp colours to show. It also gave the scarf an incredibly luscious drape. The finished scarf drapes more like silk or tencel than the merino wool that is is. So, what was the problem?

January 11, 2017

Well --- it's not visible here in a photo taken while it was still on the loom, but that thread weft drifted terribly! It didn't even wait for its "wet finishing" bath. As the merino warp relaxed overnight the weft started travelling all over the place. Very disappointing!

I did get a second, small project off the same warp, and it was more successful because I used 10/2 mercerized cotton. I'll try to get photos of both the disappointing scarf and its more successful sidekick tomorrow.


Gene Black said...

You could possibly deal with the "thread drift" by using a wool thread. I know that Aurifil makes a wool sewing thread.
Or you could use a mid-tone gray laceweight (the finest you can find.)

Marlene said...

Yes, something like that would have been a better idea, Gene. I do have cobweb weight merino/cashmere I could have used instead. It is grey though and I was afraid it would muddy and dull the colours. I've tried grey weft with vibrant warps before and have been disappointed with the drab result.