Lemonade

Handspun, handwoven, green and brown scarf

This was an exercise in making lemonade from lemons!

I had some grey Coopworth combed top, which I handpainted. Unfortunately, I was (and am) still pretty new to dyeing, and the fiber got somewhat felted.

So I pulled it apart into color chunks, and combed the different sections to produce a very little bit of combed top which was lovely to spin up into a small quantity of semi-worsted 3-ply using a spindle.

Because the fiber had been felted, there was a lot of combing waste. I needed something to practice wheel spinning with (because I had some fiber I wanted to spin on a wheel for the Tour de Fleece), so I drum carded the waste, knowing full well that I’d end up with lumpy-bumpy thick and thin yarn. Which I did, and then I plied it with some very thin bouclé that my friend had. I liked it, but it was bulkier than I usually like to use, and besides, it wasn’t really quite my style.

two very different yarns

So I decided that the two yarns put together would make a project, and bethought myself of using a backstrap loom for the purpose. Now, I’ve put together another backstrap, but haven’t finished the project. Also, it’s been over 20 years since I did any serious weaving.

I am therefore pretty damn pleased with the result! It’s a fairly consistent width and the selvedges are not tooblobby.

4 thoughts on “Lemonade

  1. I wish I had taken pictures, but I didn't.I used random dowels for the sticks and a rag with knots on the end for the belt – I tied string from that to the loom. We have some hooks on our mantle which I attached the far end of the loom to – I tied a long string to the back part, one end of the string for each end of the dowel. I found I got the most stability if I hooked the giant loop over two hooks; if I just used one hook, the loom tended to rotate.The rigid heddle I bought for the purpose.I found that the best seating arrangement for me was one of these camping chairs. It let me sit on the floor and rock forward and back, without my back hurting.

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