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Squares Done!

14 – 16″ squares plus sampler

Almost Done!

Just waiting on the yarn for the last square. I should have enough of both warp and weft to weave one or two extra squares for matching pillows. (What you are seeing is the reverse side of the fabric.)

Coverlet Squares

I’ve been plugging away at my coverlet squares for the Coverlet Exchange. Not much to show yet, unfortunately.

A few things I’m learning along the way…

  • I can’t seem to get “square” for the life of me. Good thing that my overshot pattern is asymmetrical and the lack of squareness isn’t immediately obvious.
  • In an attempt to make the weaving more square, I changed my sett from 18 to 16. It looks better. I can sett it even wider, but my weaving width is now 16″, the target width of our squares. (I’m getting around 2″ of draw in.)
  • I am weaving a bit longer than the aim of 16″ with the idea that the fabric will shrink in length a bit once it is off tension. I am weaving anywhere from 1/2″ to 1″ longer. It’s easier for the recipient to cut off the extra lengths than to figure out what to do without.
  • There is a large variety of weights of pattern yarn in the exchange. Anything from nearly DK to heavy lace.
  • The thickness of the pattern yarn isn’t as much of a factor as the squish factor (loft).
  • I’ve been re-teaching myself how to throw my shuttle, with my palm up, rather than palm down, and catching it with my palm up too. This has resulted in a lot of missed catches and drops. I may need to buff some of the dings from my shuttles when this is over.

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