The weaving for my top is going well. I’m about half way through and it is looking really good so far. I’ve been chipping away at it, half an hour to an hour at a time. Just enjoying throwing the shuttle back and forth. Relaxing, almost mesmerizing.
Initially, I was having trouble with the lattice pattern ( 18 sequence pattern). For some reason I would treadle the second block incorrectly and not notice until I’d woven an inch or two. Lots of un-weaving or cutting threads out. I switched the treadle tie-up on treadles 2 & 5 so that I was treading the pattern picks for the first block all on the left treadles and the second block all on the right. Once done, I hardly made any mistakes. Just the occasional “forgetting where I’m up to” when DH asked a question. He got used to me starting the conversation with the pick number.. ” 8-left! Remember that. ” then on with the conversation, ending with ” did I say 8-left?”
I’ve woven 1m of the lattice pattern and now working through 1m of the huck lace (grid like) pattern. Then I’ll weave another metre of the lattice pattern. For the huck lace, I’ve changed the treadling back to the original setup as it makes more sense for that treadling pattern. The threads are already starting to shift to form the grid pattern. It will shift more after it is washed and the lattice pattern will have more of a diamond look rather than the ovals it has at the moment.
I’m still undecided whether to do short, cut on sleeves ( as originally planned) or make a woven T with short set-in sleeves. So I’m hedging my bets by weaving enough to do the set-in sleeve version with either pattern for the sleeves.
We have a gathering at our place, the weekend after next, so I’ll be trying to have the cloth safely off the loom before then.
Wall to Wall Festival
Over the long weekend, we went to have a look at the Wall to Wall Festival in Benalla. There are a number of street artists painting mural in different places around the town so it is fun to walk around the different sites and see the artists at work. One of the artists, DVate, paints threatened species. He’s previously done a Squirrel Glider and did a Regent Honeyeater last year for the festival. (ETA I just realised that the Kelpie was one of his artworks as well) This year, he was out at Goorambat painting a huge Barking Owl on the side of a silo. It was awesome to watch him work! I’m keen to go back out there and see the finished Owl.
Some links to see more
Benalla Street Art Website – murals Site also has a map of the murals. If you are heading along the Hume, past Benalla, it is well worth stopping to have a look.