Here is the start of my next project.  I am having trouble getting the set correct.  I am using 40/2 wet-spun linen in natural.  It is really pretty yarn... but I have never worked with linen before... and I haven't woven lace since my first project where Pat told me what set to use.  Everything I read indicated that lace structures should be set to match a loose tabby/plain weave so I originally set this project at 36 ends per inch (epi).  But when I began weaving the sample - it was obvious that this was too close a set.  Next, I resleyed the project at 30 epi and I wove more sample.  This was better (see photo) but still not loose enough.  I am getting ready to sley the reed again.  This time, I think I will try 24 epi.  Hopefully it is not too loose - but I guess I will see.  I intend to weave a sample and wet finish it before starting on the rest of the warp.  If the set is still not correct after that, I have yet another opportunity to resley again.  Stay tuned for updates.  If I ever get the set right, I think these will be lovely pieces.  It is really exciting and a little scary to be working with 7 shafts on this project.  I am also loving that I have a floor loom with treadles!  It gives my hands the freedom to actually weave!

I posted some photos of the scarves post-wet-finishing.  They really have grown on me.  I especially like their feel (really soft) and to look closely at the play of the threads.  Check out more photos in the gallery section.

I love 3-day weekends - especially ones that I can dedicate to weaving.  I really pushed this weekend to finish weaving these scarves and I managed to get them cut off the loom early last evening and I got most of the fringe twisted before I went to bed last night.  I think they looked really beautiful in this state - really gauzy.  Getting the beat correct and even when beating so loosly was difficult at first, but it was also fun to try something so different.

I have a new loom! I have a new loom!  Thanks to my fantastic husband, fantastic dad and fantastic mom... I was able to drive up to Ann Arbor, MI this past Saturday and purchase an incredible Harrisville Designs 36" 8 shaft loom!!!!  Can you tell that I am excited about this new-to-me loom?  It is in gorgous condition and the woman who sold it to me (Holly) was incredibly sweet and helpful.  Holly, if you read this, THANK YOU.  I will take good care of your baby.

Holly built this from a kit in 1990 - and still had all of the assembly instructions and even the screw driver that came with the loom!

Now, to plan my next project to utilize 8 SHAFTS :)

Stay tuned in the coming monthes to see what I manage to do with 8 shafts.



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