When you are weaving away on 9.5 yards, treadling one up to eight and back to one endlessly, you tend to go on autopilot and you can do a lot of singing along to music or simply thinking. Things like: how many picks to an inch?
How many picks to 36 inches?
Gee... how many in this total project?
... and the big one.... how many miles have I woven in the past 25 years?
So when I finally finished my 8 towels woven to 36 inches each on the loom and one runner that eeked out the last of the warp at 43 inches, I sat down and crunched some numbers:
- 8 towels and one runner equals 332 inches or 9.2 yards woven on my 9.5 yard warp.
- I averaged 22 ppi - or a total of 8047 pics total.
- physical weight of finished project : 1.334 kg or 2 lbs 15 oz
- That's 537 repeats of treadling the pattern repeat which has a count of 15
- The only unwoven parts of the loom waste was 3 inches plus knots at the start and 13 inches at end, plus 6 inches for part of the fringe on the runner when I started it. The final fringe at the end of the runner came out of the loom waste..... so effectively I had only 10 inches of loom waste for the entire project! 😁 I had factored in 3 inches of take up for every yard woven.
- oh, and half a box of Colour Catchers in the wash water as that red (cerise) wanted to run!
8/2 cotton from Brassard's: 6 colours in the warp and another 4 used as weft. Sett was 24 epi.
With black weft. (above and below)
With white weft.
Here's the loom waste from the start, plus the knots which is minimal.
....And the final loom waste from the end and remember that 6 inches of this will be fringe for the runner.
So the final fringe length on the runner after twisting was 2 inches plus the tassel and looks marvellous on our dining room table. Hubby was so pleased it was staying. I'm also keeping a black weft towel and a kakhi green one.
Some one jokingly (I hope!) asked me why I had a jelly fish on my table.
Next are the 8 towels, all were woven to 36 inches and after relaxing off tension, washing, pressing and then turning a hem allowance and hand sewing, they are measured up as 20 inches by 30 inches. They all pressed up nicely on my Singer press.
Three black ones
Then two with kakhi green weft. Its my personal favourite.
Next up are two towels with white weft. They are crisp and clean, with the stripes adding nice punch of colour, but you lose the zig zag pattern stripe.
I have kept fairly decent records of all my woven projects since 1996 and I could sit and work out some rough numbers and get an approximation of my last question which was of how many miles have I woven. Tempting as it is, I'm not going to spend the time doing that.
I'd rather be weaving new projects!