I came across this snippet of a post and have no idea where it came from! Did I publish (can't find it)? Was I doodling? Did I start this on my phone? Who knows, but I've got nothing else today, so I'll go with it!
What do you do when life gives you lemons? You make lemonade. So, what do you do when Weaving gives you a crappy looking Monk's Belt runner that was supposed to be the model for many Christmas presents and you spent about half the national debt on supplies? Christmas towels! The good news is that there won't be as much Monk's belt and there will be a lot more plain weave. So bummed. It was supposed to look like one of Becky's (owner/teacher at Vavstuga Weaving School) sample Monk's Belt runners at the class I took in October.
Sigh…so perfect. Those incredible selvedges! The color choices! The one at the top is my inspiration for Christmas gifts: change that yellow to green and voila! Lots of open space (plain weave), so a quick-ish project. Monk's Belt is fun, too. Best laid plans, as they say. I suspect the materials in our class warps/wefts might be different from what Becky used. They just don't look the same. The other difference might be that Becky has a cold mangle and I don't. (It's a Swedish machine for pressing fine linens without heat: they exert 800 pounds of pressure! Linen, especially, looks magnificent after going through a mangle. Unfortunately, the Swedes won't sell them in the US because Americans are "too litigious". Hmm.)
In any event, I was encouraged at class, but then I got home and hemmed the thing, washed it, and….meh. Not long enough or straight enough for a runner, methinks. I folded in thirds, however, and think it makes a decent towel. I think white might be better for background, though. The natural works better with the more colorful designs. I guess I could always use the natural for something else in the future…..sigh, guess I need more linen!
I think I'll simplify the pattern a bit further, too: those borders around the small motifs don't quite work for me now that I see the whole thing finished. Decisions, decisions. Wonder how this would look in blue and white?
Stay tuned for more holiday weaving!