Saturday, April 3, 2010

Robertson Tartan weave

I've been working on a new project this week and I'm very excited about the way it's turning out. I started putting thread on the warping board on Monday. I did that for two or three days. Then I started to put it onto the loom. It's about 440 threads, and is 27 inches wide. I'm using the Orlec thread. I really like using it.

As you can see, it's a bit of a mess. I've been doing things wrong on the warping board. I'll know better for next time. There wasn't anything I could do about this, but I planned much better for it and managed to keep the tangled mess to a minimum. This is what it looked like after I got it warped on the loom. It is the Robertson clan tartan. That's my family clan. My great-grandmother was from Scotland and her family were Reid's, a part of the Robertson family.
Isn't it pretty? I'm loving the way it is working out. I found one big error, though, right in the middle of the warp and I didn't realize it for a long time after I started weaving. There isn't much I can do about it now. Well, I can take about 1/3 of the threads off and re-thread them. That would be the professional thing to do, but I don't think I will. Still, I really like the way this looks.Another view of the pattern. The entire thing is a repeat pattern of red, green and blue. In these pictures, you can see what each color looks like. On the bottom is the red weft, then the green is in the middle and I was just starting some blue on the top.
I'll keep working on this. It has the potential to be around 14 feet long. What am I going to do with it? Hubby suggested a runner for the back of the sofa. If my two youngest kids didn't climb all over the sofa all the time, I would be all for displaying it on the back of the couch. What do you think?