Monthly Archives: October 2011

Weaving the Kaftan cloth

October 29, 2011
Weaving the Kaftan cloth

I am ready to start weaving the kaftan cloth.  I am excited to see the pattern emerge and to see if the reality was going to match my vision. I always weave a few picks in the header with toilet paper to set the distance between the threads. Then I wove several repeats of the pattern with commercially dyed yarn so as to not waste any of the hand dyed thread. The yarn was slightly…

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Dressing the loom with the kaftan cloth warp

October 17, 2011
I have a cat.  Can you tell?  The warp in all its glory.  Close to 1600individual threads.  Each one individually measured, passed through the reed and threaded in a pattern that would only be revealed later.

Because this project is on a fairly tight timeline, I am lucky enough to have several friends volunteer to help me out with the  time consuming aspects of preparing the loom for weaving. Here is a gallery of photos to enjoy showing some of the steps involved in dressing the loom for the kaftan cloth.

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Kaftan cloth–weaving calculations

October 15, 2011
Kaftan cloth–weaving calculations

Now that I know the sett of the kaftan cloth based on my sampling, in order to start winding the warp and to figure out how much dyed yarn the project will require, its time to recalculate my yarn needs. To see my previous estimate, go here. I’ve chosen wool as the fiber for the Kaftan fabric, and the yarn I have selected is a 20/2 lace weight worsted wool made by Jaggerspun called Maine…

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Sampling the Kaftan cloth

October 13, 2011
Sampling the Kaftan cloth

Since I last posted, I did several samples for the kaftan cloth and I think I’ve settled on a sett.  (Hur, hur.  Weaving humor at its finest.) The winner is at the top in the picture at right.  Its a pretty balanced weave.  30 ends per inch. From the bottom – the samples:  24 ends per inch, single weft with a solid beat.  In the middle, same epi, but with a doubled weft.  above that…

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