I was excited to get to my loom today as I was going to begin weaving a scarf with my cotton singles spun on my book charkha. This is natural coloured cotton, not sure of the source. I got it from KBN.
Yesterday I wound a little warp, only six inches wide and long enough for two scarves, from 2/8 bamboo. This is not the weight system I am used to for bamboo. Jane Stafford, one of my weaving gurus, lists her Bambu yarn in 7 gauge and 12 gauge. But I got this from Knotty By Nature (KBN) in Victoria, BC and it is tagged as 2/8. One more weaving mystery...
By the way, when I looked up Jane's site I found that she is now stocking variagated bamboo in both gauges - very tempting!
Anyway, the lovely woman from KBN said she had used this yarn for the warp when she wove her first scarves with her charkha spun singles, so I got some in two colours.
To get back on track: I threaded a 4,3,2,1 plain weave on my 4 shaft Baby Wolf and sleyed it at 16 epi. I am a bad girl who does not always sample. I chose 16 epi because I wanted a fairly open sett and found 15-22 as a recommended sett for 2/8 cotton. My first scarf will be my sample (bad weaver; slap those hands!)
So, this morning I was ready to start. I had already spread the warp with some cotton yarn. I had decided that I would have fringe with the bamboo warp. I did not want to try hemstitching with my cotton singles, so wove a pic of bamboo, a pic of cotton and another pic of bamboo. Then I was ready to hemstitch. Oh heck! I forgot to bring an embroidery needle.
The weaving is slow but steady. I don't want to beat too hard and I need to angle the weft as I lay it in. Also, the singles wants to twist a bit. But I am thrilled with the look of the weaving and that the cotton is holding together (so far - don't want to jinx things). Here it is after a bit more weaving.
I used a shoelace that Bruce didn't want to lash the warp on, but don't think I did it right. It is working, so I won't question it too much now. Will look up someone else's blog for a review before doing it again. Now I need to get back to weaving.