Waffling About Weaving

In the last few years I’ve developed two weaving ambitions: to try lots of new weave structures and to weave fabric to make clothing from. Recent projects have seen me revert to my usual comfortable habit of using up stash, however. They have been a great excuse to play with twills, but I want to get back to trying new structures and weaving fabric for clothing.

My table loom now has a fabric project on it. I’m weaving three metres of black wool (Bendy Classic 3ply) with grey boucle stripes, which will hopefully become a skirt.

The Katie still has the feathers scarf on it.

All my recent yarn purchases have been with fabric in mind. Recently a weaver on Facebook posted an ad for vintage linen. I got in contact to see if she was amenable to me coming around and looking at it, and anything else she had for sale. We organised a time. When I got there she’d laid everything she wanted to sell out on the table. Well, except the occasional yarn cone I’d take out and find it wasn’t for sale. Maybe she changed her mind, or hadn’t checked that what she had put out was all for sale. It occurred to me that she might be doing it to see if I’d offer more money, so I tried that for a second cone of a yarn she’d already said I could buy one of. She refused firmly, so that clearly wasn’t it! Ah well, people can be hard to read sometimes.

I wasn’t bothered (just a bit nonplussed) and I came home with a half dozen small cones of interesting yarns, two large ones of linen and one enormous one of hemp. The linen is thinner than I’m used to weaving, and the hemp is as fine as sewing cotton, so I will probably double or triple them. The small cones will go with others that have been accumulating in the stash. I’ve got several reds and a white and natural mix.

The day after my yarn purchasing, Amanda at the Weaving Matters meeting gave an inspiring talk about saori. I found myself thinking that there’s a lot about saori that I’m drawn to. It’s colourful, playful, I like how the clothing is designed to be made with minimal cutting or waste, and the looms have many clever features.

Not that I’m going to buy a saori loom. I don’t have room for another loom. I don’t have room for the looms I have already! My Ashford 4-shaft table loom has been sitting folded up in the hallway for many months, unused.

(I’ve been thinking about that loom a lot recently. I advertised it the Facebook group for nearly a year, and though I lowered the price a few times all I got was the occasional enquiry that went nowhere. Trouble is, occasionally an ad for the 8-shaft version goes up from someone who is desperate enough to sell theirs really cheaply, so I don’t think I’ll ever get even a third of what a new version of mine is worth. I may as well keep it as a backup loom.)

Anyway, I can probably do saori-ish weaving on my knitters loom. It might even be simple enough to do while I’m recovering from eye-surgery, so long as I warp up the loom beforehand. Now there’s an idea. Yes, that’s what I’m going to do! I just need to decide whether I’ll use the red yarns, or the white and natural yarns.