Friday, September 29, 2017
First, a closeup of the brown stripes down the middle of the towel:
The more interesting effect of that first wash is in the green yarns:
I think that once the hems are sewn I will launder with soda ash once more, just to see what change will come with a second alkaline bath. Then they will be tagged for the Central Coast Handweavers annual guild sale, coming up the first weekend in November. If I have time, I'll photograph all the different variations. This one has natural cotton yarns in the weft; the ones with Fox Fibre green wefts have a distinctly different effect.
Monday, September 25, 2017
NOW we're there!
The final count is ten towels. Each is slightly different, either in design or in weft yarn. Now to begin cutting, stitching, and laundering!
Saturday, September 23, 2017
This is the current towel:
Since the pattern is nearly indecipherable in the photo, I'm including the draft, in which the twill reverses half-way through the 48 picks of the design.
The blue stripes in the warp are that color only in the draft, to make it easier for me to see the design where both warp and weft are the same color.
I'm not sure how many towels' worth of warp is still on the beam. Because I didn't keep track as I wove, and then took two holiday trips that managed to erase all memory, I can only guess. The current towel and possibly 2 more, but that's just a guess. Only the knots at the ends of the sectional bouts will tell the truth. Then the fun of seeing the colors intensify with an alkaline wash will follow the cutting-off ceremony.
My deadline is early November, when the items for the guild sale are due. More about the sale later!
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Also, the brocade process (even thouigh it was limited to the middle section of the design) was slow. However, I'm very glad to have learned the design procedure (Thank You again, Bhakti and Alice) so I'm not complaining too loudly! I divided the design into 3 sections, only the middle one of which had brocade picks accounted for in the draft. That meant that sections 1 and 3 were easy, and only section 2 was unusual.
Before I could hand the finished weaving over to Becky to gift to her daughter and son-in-law, much time was spent with needle and thread mending as many of the floats as possible. Becky and her husband leave early tomorrow to visit their daughter, so today was the last possible delivery date from my perspective. Anyway, the deed is now done, Becky loves the piece, and she assures me that the kids will, too.
Here's the finished (as in woven, wet-finished, pressed, and with edges bound) wall-hanging:
If you weave the brocade face up, the turning points (especially in a long twill like this) can be messy and I'd rather keep the mess on the back side. If you compare the face and reverse of the cloth, you can see what I mean. On the face, the edges are clean; on the reverse, the long floats are evident and would be kinda icky on the face...
Here's the face, followed by the reverse:
In wildfire news, the fires in our area of Montana are now thankfully contained on the west, the side toward civilization. On the part inside The Bob (the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area), the blaze is monitored but not fought. Because of the direction of prevailing winds, our cabin was never really in danger. Monitoring will ensure that none of the hot spots gravitate toward the inhabited areas to the south, beyond the southern boundaries of the wilderness.
Once the rain and snow start in Montana (usually around Labor Day, the first week of September), it isn't long until no wildfire could possibly continue causing damage; we hope that's true of this year!
P.S. The Rice Ridge fire is now at 160,000 acres. We hope that count won't increase too much!
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
The Rice Ridge fire (see map; click to display the full-size image) is now the worst in the nation, only 2% contained, having charred over 100,000 acres (a megafire by Forest Service measures) and has over 780 firefighters assigned to it. The Rice Ridge and Reef fires have now merged, and the combined infernos will soon overtake the Monahan fire to the east. The residents of the portion of the town of Seeley Lake east of the highway (red line on map) have been evacuated.
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
We watched the eclipse from the BYU Idaho campus in Rexburg, as arranged by brother-in-law Eric, who teaches high school science in Pocatello, ID. Rexburg is on the eastern edge of Idaho, near West Yellowstone. The sky was clear of clouds and smoke, giving us great viewing. Here are a few photos I took with my small camera, which had no lens filter, so I could only use it during totality without burning out the sensors. You may need to click to enlarge the images, because this Blogger app doesn't create thumbnails.