Tuesday, 4 May 2010

New Loom, First Project, by Noelene Gratton

In July 2008 I bought an 8 shaft Mecchia Loom, from Invercargill. After getting it home, assembling it and sorting out a few hiccups and many duh!! moments, with the generous help of Margaret (Mecchia, by email), I was ready for action.

I wanted to start by doing something quick to check if everything was working as it should. As I am not a person who samples, a plain weave chunky project was called for. A sleeveless vest, quick and easy. To add interest, three colours were used - green, navy and violet, all very pale, alternating in both the warp and weft so as not to get a striped effect. In the process, I learned a little about batch dying, something I have never done before, preferring a random effect so as to hide any unevenness of colour.

The resulting fabric was pleasing and the loom worked well with no further adjustments necessary.

After almost 2 years the jacket is finally finished. Good timing for the year of the garment.

by Noelene Gratton

4 comments:

Dianne Dudfield said...

Well done, enjoy wearing it.

Rose said...

Good going Noelene. You are first to get a big tick! Now we'd like to see you wearing it.

Judy said...

That's great, Noelene. Love to see a close-up of the weave. I really must get my skates on and start my jacket project.

Chris B said...

How come the world gets to see this before the locals?? Well done Noeline - especially as that sounds like 3 shuttle weaving!