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Love affair begins

This cloth will become a table runner.  It is 2/10 pearl cotton.  The warp is maroon and the weft is medium purple.  So the colours in the last two images are closer to real.  
I threaded the loom with a point twill. It was a suggestion and a mighty good one.  It was easy to see which shaft I was in while threading the 16 shafts. 
I really love this  draft I found online at  

I apologize for these two dark photos. I had already turned off the generator so no lights were available.
This draft is also from the same archive. I need to weave some more length and then I will try to get better shots.  Same warp and weft as above.

I have added these two final photos now that I have woven a few more centimetres of this pattern draft.


Here I am with a used Leclerc Weavebird loom. I tidied up and painted a corner of my garage. I have it all ready to go! Well i do need to check on the shaft cable tension, lubricate, and also get some more teksolv heddles. 

 This image shows the counterweights that help with raising the shafts. It is 16 shafts and has a maximum weaving width of 45 inches.  It is a computer dobby and so the treadling and tie ups are done by computer.

 I have room in the corner for a shelving unit and happen to have one available. Finally I have a suitable open wall to display that happy rug with the three girls .

 To the left is the position for the bench where I will sit when weaving. This photo is from the dealer's store. We drove down there to pick it up. A 3156 km road trip.
And here is what the front half of the loom looked like in the truck. The back half was disassembled and underneath. 

My completed catalogne

The above three photos are of a hair drying towel I wove from the remainder of the blanket warp.  The brown threads were a bit thicker than the rest, which explains the uneven surface.  I believe that my hair won't care. 

The final three photos show the completed catalogne blanket.  It is draped over the loom used to create it.  

Catalogne Ends Darned in

Today I sewed hems and darned in any ends.  Above is a towel I will use for my hair drying.   It still needs to be washed and pressed.  

Here is a glimpse at the completed catalogne.  It is about 90 inches long by 52 wide.  It still needs wash, dry and press.
And this puddles shot is to show that the fabric of the blanket has a lot of drape.  I was hoping it would.  That is why I inserted a lot of sections of thread weft.

Catalone weaving completed

This portion of the warp was excess and so I wove off a towel for my hair.  It still needs to be finished.  

And here are three pictures of the Catalogne just off the loom.   I had about thirteen warp threads break and so those need to be darned in.   Also if and where there were knots in the rags, they need to be untied and dealt with.  Edges where rag strips startted and ended need doing.  Then a good wash and dry cycle.

Stay tuned for the final shots. The weaving took less than eight hours.

More on my Catalogne Blanket

Here are a few more random shots of the progress. I am past the halfway point and now trying to reverse the sequence of the striping.  If and when I run out of one type of rag, which is a good thing when you love to recycle, I am switching to something close in colour.
This is definitely a fun weave.

My Catalogne Adventure Begins

Here are two images showing the start of my Catalogne.   This is my interpretation of a traditional Quebec blanket.

In the top image there is green waste yarn at the first margin.  Then I even found Phentex a neighbour gave me and that will work as a hem.   Then we move on to the blanket proper.

I started with white cotton threads and wove 3 cm. Then I went to some brown rag strips and wove three cm.  There is an alternation every three cm. I was told by a weaver experienced in making these blankets to alternate between rag sections and normal thread sections.  Otherwise the blanket could wind up too heavy and stiff.

After the yellow and blue rag I chose a medium blue rag.  I am making this up as I go. But I may try for symmetry after the midpoint. Then I could reverse the stripe sequence.  I hope there is enough of everything for that to work. I am using up stash yarns given to me.  So there is a finite amount on hand.

I am having fun with this project so far.

Catalogne Installment #2

Above are three images of the original pattern involved in this translation.

Three catalognes for the bed, pattern with large checks


The second image shows the tie up at top. One treadle is tied of shafts 2 and 4 and another treadle to 1 and 3. The treadling is shown beneath that, as alternating from the 1/3 treadle to the 2/4 treadle.
Threading is shown in the third image.  Thread heddles in shafts 1,2, 3 and 4 repeatedly across the desired width.
Reed: 12 dents per inch. 2 threads per dent.
Warp: cotton 2/16
Weft: rag strips

Pattern #1
Warp sequence: 120 threads pale green
24 threads white
120 threads medium rose
24 threads white.
Repeat to get the size you want.

Weft: rags pale green
Rags white
Rags pale rose.
Weave in a manner to form checks.

Pattern #2
Warp sequence: 144 threads yellow
24 threads white.
Repeat to get the size you want.

Weft: rags yellow
Rags white.
Weave in a manner to form checks .

Pattern #3

Warp sequence: 120 threads white
120 thread…

Catalogne - Installment #1

Here is the original pattern page that I made the translations from.  
Diagram A
Diagram B
My translation follows.  ^^^^^^^ Catalogne 
Germine Galerneau , Technician Ministry of Agriculture
Diagram A represents Tie Up at the top. Tie one treadle to shafts 2 and 4 and another treadle to shafts 1 and 3.  The lower portion displays the Treadling . Starting with the treadle tied to shafts 1 and 3, alternate the two treadle throughout.  
Diagram B is the Threading. Using four shafts and working from left to right you will thread heddles in shafts 1, then 2, then 3 and then 4; and repeat this sequence across the desired width of your warp.
Dent: 10 dents per inch and two threads per dent.   Warp: natural colour 2/16 cotton and blue 2/16 cotton.  Weft: white rag strips and blue rag strips.  Natural 2/16 cotton and blue 2/8 cotton. 
Sequence of Weaving : A) 6 picks natural 2/16 cotton  4 picks white rags Repeat above two lines (A) 6 times. 
B) 6 picks natural 2/16 cotton
C) 6 picks blue 2/8 …

Spring at the Lake

Since we arrived in early April it snowed on us maybe four times.  This photo is of the only time that it stayed on the ground. We enjoyed it while it lasted, because it was the first snow we had seen in over a year or two.   Now we are approaching the start of walleye fishing season and Blue Thuder has come to join our flotilla of boats. The previous owners' son called it that, not realizing he had made a spelling mistake on the sign proclaiming the boat's name. A red boat beside it was called Red Lighting.

 There are some new developments on the gardening front. We have been busy building the box to hold the soil we have made. This raised bed will be painted up, once the nights are a bit warmer.
In the photo you can also see the greenhouse which I was gifted by a neighbour. So far the seedling plants enjoy hanging out in the greenhouse during the day. At night they are coming in to the cabin.
 In this photo is a sample of my next weaving project. The warp is ready and I am …

Wildflower routes

The photos really speak for themselves. What a glorious part of the world we live in. And at this time of year, it really is at its best. We crossed the Llano River. Blue bonnets, Indian paintbrush, wine cups and gaillardias were everywhere. Besides these, any other species of flowers delighted our senses.