Walking woven fabric

I'm thrilled with the finished houndstooth fabric. Along the way I discovered how much woven wool cloth would fit on the back roller of my knitter's loom. As you can just see, I undid that back cross-member and moved it in order to keep weaving and avoid cutting off and tying back on. 


 At this point the fabric feels like strands of yarn woven together. To fill out the weave a little bit and make the cloth feel a little softer and more like a single piece of fabric it's 'fulled'. It's pounded in soapy water with hands or feet. People used to be employed to do this and it's said to be the origin of the surnames Walker and Fuller.

I'm not sure whether I walked it for long enough but it certainly feels beautiful. The 7.5dpi reed was just right. There is no openness to the weave now but it feels so soft and drapey.

Perfect for my skirt. Over to my friend who's agreed to do the sewing bit!

2 comments:

Catnit said...

Beautiful, I feel inspired to try some weaving. How did you get such perfect selvedges?

Shiela Dixon said...

Thank you! I followed this tip from WillingtonWeaver: http://willingtonweaver.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/tip-of-month-march.html

My angle is less than 45 degrees but if you're consistent then the edge will be too.