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Rus kaftan cloth – wet finished

December 31, 2012
Red warp /light brown weft

Yesterday, I pulled the Rus kaftan cloth off the loom.  There is something so lovely about an armful of handwoven yardage. I prepped the cloth for wet finished by pulling out the float warps (I use fishing line), checking for snags, and snipping off loose threads.  I cut a piece off to save for my weaving notebook and tossed the entire lot into the washing machine.   A few of might be horrified to know…

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Completed! Rus Kaftan cloth

December 25, 2012
Completed Rus kaftan cloth on the loom.

I am so pleased to have completed the weaving of the Rus kaftan cloth warp.  Started back in April, this cloth posed unexpected challenges and new learning opportunities. The finished woven length is 11 and 2/3 yards.  I had hoped to make 12 yards even, but that was not to be as one of the sheds became too narrow to throw even my low profie shuttle through it. Through out the weaving, I consistantly struggled…

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Progress Weaving the Rus Kaftan Cloth

December 19, 2012
Changing weft colors.

I have completed weaving eight yards of the madder warp/brown weft combination.  That is enough, I feel, to make the Rus kaftan.  The rest of the warp is being woven with a higher contrast light brown/old gold weft.   I have set a goal to have finish this project on the loom by the end of the year. This project has been quite challenging and not very fun as evidenced by the many months it…

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Rus Kaftan Cloth Project Progress

April 22, 2012
Single repeat of the W-17 draft from Birka III.

To find and read all the entries for this project, you can go here. In the last week, I’ve made some important decisions to the plan for weaving the Rus Kaftan cloth and made quite a bit of actual progress on moving the project forward. The first thing I decided to do was to make the warp narrower and longer.  This decision was predicated on the desire to reduce loom waste and to make it a…

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Rus Kaftan Cloth – Measuring the Warp

April 15, 2012
Warp chains for the Rus Kaftan cloth

Started measuring the warp threads for the Rus kaftan point diamond twill cloth today.  I am 1/3 of the way done, as I took long breaks to teach a friend some beginning lampworking techniques and to brainstorm viking age food options for some upcoming reenactor events. I’ve decided to weave at a 37 inch width rather than the full width of my reed.  I hope it will reduce the time needed for threading and also…

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Rus Kaftan Cloth Yarn Calculations

April 11, 2012
Wool worsted yarn in two colors for the Rus Kaftan cloth.

Part 1 of this series can be found here. The yarn I ordered arrived today for the Rus Kaftan cloth project.  I am very pleased with the colors.  The reddish color is exactly the dark maddery red-orange I was hoping it was from the little bit on the sample card. I was inspired to calculate the warp length I will need.  My process is a little different in that I work backwards from the amount…

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New project – wool diamond twill cloth for Rus Kaftan

April 3, 2012
New project – wool diamond twill cloth for Rus Kaftan

Now that the big road trip is over, its time to get a new warp on the loom.  My next big project is going to be cloth for a Rus Kaftan for my husband. The yarn I’ve chosen is Jaggerspun Maine Line 2/20 worsted wool.  I’ve ordered three pounds each of two colors – Sable, a warm, rich medium brown and Bittersweet, which is a dark rusty red.  I’m hoping to have a bit of…

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