I have a list on my phone that lists which project I post about on this blog, and I have to consult it EVERY TIME, or I will mess up! On this blog I can post about the 2 Hollywood warps I have in progress, the rug warp on the Cambridge Rug loom and the placemat warp on the "8" harness no name loom. The former is a black and white warp that was 16 yards long, and the later is in blues and a tan, and I don't remember exactly how long that one is at the moment.
Now that those looms are loaded, there is still a certain amount of prep time needed to have something to weave with! I could use Sock Loopers for the rugs, but I have decided that this particular rug warp is perfect for recycling t-shirts! With that in mind, I have put the word out to a couple of my friends that work with teenagers, and of course to the other weavers that I know.
That means that I have begun acquiring bags of these t-shirts in many wonderful colors! I now have plenty to get me started! While I was at the center on Tuesday, I opened up one of the bags that Carol brought me and pulled out one of the teal t-shirts, and I put it through the rag cutter. I first took out the hems, then starting at the bottom of the shirt, I spiral cut a strip round and round all the way to the armpits. Then I opened up the underarm seam, and started cutting strips from sleeve to sleeve. There wasn't much left but the crew collar when I was finished! It was cool! I will sew those shorter strips together before I start weaving. I like having strips long enough to load onto a rag shuttle. I can always cut the strips as needed on the loom, if I am doing a hit and miss rug as the red/pink one above.
I am thinking about opening up the side and shoulder seams next time, and cutting off the sleeves. That would leave me with two square pieces of fabric that I could sew together with others, either of the same color or a color combination that I wanted to repeat in a rug. The sleeves I could sew together separately, and have small bursts of color throughout the rug if I wanted to. Christy came up with that idea, and I think it is brilliant!
So, the prep work is constant when you are working with fabric as weft. For the placemat warp, I have begun to strip the fabric that is light in color. I need to weave 3 placemats in this color way to complete a set of 6, then I will do a runner or two, and who knows I may just do another set of six for good measure. I will also do at least 2 using a dark fabric, and a runner to match it as well. I hope I put on enough warp!
That is all I've got for now, tomorrow it is back to work with the rag cutter and shuttle, I love my job!
Until next time, Happy Weaving, Tina