After deciding on these colours to work with next, and keeping spring in mind, I excitedly warped the loom with the Noro Nobori.
The Noro Nobori is a chunky yarn, and is a cotton-wool-silk mix. I say mix, and not blend, because the wool and silk is wrapped around the cotton strip, which is about a quarter inch wide. I wanted to see what effect the variegated or self-striping yarn would have as the warp, and a solid colour as the weft. It also ran thick and thin, so I thought that would add some more texture to the piece.
Then … this happened …. **gasp**
First one thread snapped as I pulled … then another … oh my …
The only good thing I can say to that is thankfully, it happened at the beginning, and I was only about an inch into weaving.
So I took it apart and off the loom, and this time used the purple Cascade Superwash as the warp. The Noro will have to be used as the weft. Yes, all those lengths of yarn were wound separately onto the shuttle, and woven in. Yes, I had a million ends sticking out in the back *sigh*
But I was liking the effect of the white cotton showing up in between the wool and silk around it. And one advantage of working with lengths of yarn? I could choose the sequence of the colour changes and switch it around. I did try to match the colours at the beginning and ends of the lengths, but after a while, I didn’t know what the original colour sequence was, so I just picked up one length when I was done and continued on with it, keeping as close as I could to a gradual change in colours.
And the finished piece … it was a good size, about 7-ft long, and 10 inches wide. I wanted it wider, but I didn’t have enough yarn to warp a full 15 inches.
But the effect of the white cotton showing up intermittently through the colours is nice. Plus, it covers up the spots where the tension went off, and the lines started to get wavy … the white pulls it all together as part of the pattern. Wasn’t that smart of the yarn?
Next up is to learn how to hem-stitch the edge for the finishing. Or I’m going to end up with fringes on all the scarves and runners and whatever else I work on. I was going to do it here, but forgot in the excitement of finishing the weave. I think you’re supposed to hemstitch while it’s still on the loom, not after you’ve taken it off, right?
I haven’t wet-finished it yet, I’ll do that later. Do we have to wet-finish all the pieces? or only those that we think might need a little ‘fix’? I don’t know if the Noro will fluff out. The thick-thin texture didn’t really show up – maybe I was beating it too close together. I should remember to leave about a quarter inch space in between the weft threads for the next time. And if it doesn’t drape well to use as a scarf or wrap, then I’ll use it as a table runner.
The other ball of Noro Nobori is waiting for me. I didn’t use it on this, because even though the tags said it was the same lot and colour number, there were more pinks to it than purples. So that will be another piece – a scarf or wrap again, maybe wider, and a little more looser. That’s okay … these are all experiments and practice … and practice makes perfect!