Sunday, July 14, 2013
This is pretty fresh off the loom, with exception to taking care of the edges. It's kind of an experiment. Usually I wash a piece first before finishing the edges but I have decided to finish the edges and then wash the piece. We shall see how it does!
Now for some notes about the piece... First thing I noticed was the left hand edge and how U shaped it turned out. I'm sorry to admit any faults, but most of my weaving has this U shape and usually I can hide it with the sewing in the end! It's definitely more apparent without washing first. Hopefully it will go away, but I have a ton of warp left so there really isn't a need to worry too much about this first piece.
Second, the shapes are very elongated, but I am hoping they will end up more square after a good trip through the washer and dryer. The sample was sett at 20 epi, but it was a lot smaller, so perhaps I was able to pack it in more and therefore it was able to come out more square in design. I hope this one shrinks closer to square!
Otherwise, I think it's a very awesome piece and I'm very happy with it! I'm also very excited that I designed it myself! I always wondered what Bertha Gray Hayes might have been thinking when she wove through her own pieces and now I almost feel as though I have gotten a small glimpse into her life.
Now I'm off to the washer and dryer!