Happy May! I’m writing this in April and it’s currently snowing in Ann Arbor. So, while I’m confident that May flowers will arrive, it’s feeling a little gloomy in my studio today. Luckily I’m working on a rainbow warp today, so I have all the colors available to cheer me up.
The Ypsi Earth Day fair in April was a lot of fun.
However, I made a silly choice to finish a few pieces just the day before the fair. One piece that I finished hemming on Saturday was an experiment in using up loom waste.
Loom waste is the name for the short pieces of warp that are left over when I cut a piece of cloth off the loom. I made a table runner using a hemp warp and linen weft in a natural off-white color. For the pattern yarn, I placed the colorful lengths of loom waste as I wove. The weave was a type of Monks Belt which creates a grid-like, reversible pattern. And I just loved how different and exciting it was to make and look at. But, I forgot to take a finished photo of it! Rookie mistake!
So here it is on the loom, and before I trimmed the fringes/hemmed it:
You can also see it in the photo of the Earth Day Fair table, hiding under a few other runners. This lovely runner went to a good home, so I can’t be too sad about letting it go. I’ll just have to make another experiment scrap-busting weaving in the near future!
On that same warp I did a little experiment with some linen, cotton, and hemp scraps, and I love it! It’s gonna be a table centerpiece or trivet like thing. I think.
It’s squishy and I just wanna squeeze it all-day.
Ok, one more picture of the rainbow warp 🙂
I’ll share the finished shawls when they come off the loom, I promise!