|Netra working on her blankets|
|Patricia at the loom|
|the Krokbragd rug on the loom|
|the triangles we used to run the three harness set-up|
This week we had two longtime students weaving in the barn. They always come together for a week of weaving in October; they choose their projects well in advance and pay the extra fee to have us wind their warps and dress their looms, so they can just arrive (Patricia drives up from Virginia And Netra from north central Pennsylvania) and begin weaving right away.
In this case it's a good thing. Netra's project is a long warp to weave the fabric for two twin bed blankets...a twelve yard warp! So she's been really busy weaving her straight 2/2 twill block in navy and edelweiss 8/3 wool. It's classic Scottish Wedding Blanket stuff and very beautiful.
Patricia decided to weave a krokbragd rug. It's set up with three harnesses (using triangles instead of a rollerbar or pulleys). It has a heavy linen carpet warp, and a weft of New Zealand wool (about 570 yds per pound). It's slow going, because it's beaten in pretty well, and she's carrying two, sometimes three, colors at once on ski shuttles.
This is Patricia's ninth annual week with us and it's Netra's eleventh! We love having them back every year and we always know it's October when we get to spend our week with them...both delightful women with much collective weaving experience and life wisdom.