Monday, 12 December 2016
More Cotton yarn, plus Design class
I think I'm going to switch to white for a while.
Why does this matter? I'm taking a design course through our guild. When I signed up for it, I was pretty sure it was going to have some decent content but since we are meeting only 4 times in a year, before the final projects are due, I wasn't sure what to expect. When we all signed up, it was with the expectations that we will complete all the homework.
There are 8 of us in the class. Our first class was not a whole weekend, but just 3 hours on a Saturday morning. We finished early - which was probably a good thing, because we covered so much information about drafting. This didn't cover draw downs - we should know that by now, but how to set up a design, read it for threading and lift patterns, and then how to change that to a tie up. We also covered sett and had a whole whack load of homework.
We have sett samples to make, 6 for each type of yarn - 3 in tabby and 3 in twill. It was suggested that I use my handspun for some of these, because I can actually replicate yarns that I spin. I quickly thought that I didn't want to waste my handspun but it really was my mouth spitting out words that didn't explain what I meant. The coloured cotton is harder for me to come by, so I didn't want to use it. White cotton is easier to find, so if I start spinning now, I might be able to get it done in time for the next class in March. I will also see what else I have on hand. The samples should start at about 12 inches wide, but I think if I'm using handspun cotton, they will be a little narrower. That is a fair bit of cotton to spin, though if I use a dummy warp, it might be a bit easier.
Then we have pattern gamps to create - 2 of them - eek.....
And we're to start thinking about our final project, using a book to keep ideas in. I think this freaked out more of our class than anything else.
Now to start looking for equipment to use -
I'm looking for an 8 harness or more loom than needs a new home - and a table loom,
though it turns out the guild will rent me one for a reasonable price, so that is where I'll probably start. We'll need it to drag to classes and for some of our homework, as apparently it is much easier to just flip switches on a lift plan than to tie up treadles.
But - I wonder if a direct tie -up would work to do the gamp on a floor loom?
Now to get the stupid scarves that I don't like off the loom, and get started.