I like to use linen in my weaving. I like its crispness and precision. It can be a challenging fiber to work with. It is not forgiving as wool is. All your mistakes show up. However, a well woven project is something to be proud of.
For this project, I used a 2 ply bleached tow linen. I found it a bit tricky to work with as the loose bits of tow were sticky while I was winding the warp onto the loom. Once wound on, it behaved quite well. I kept a spray bottle of water handy, giving the warp a few sprays as I advanced the warp.
This project made 8 table runners, each 28 inches long with a 4 inch allowance between each runner for fringe.
2 ply bleached tow linen (4400 ypp)
Length: 8 yards
Sett:: 24 e.p.i.
Width in Reed: 15 inches
No. Ends: 360
The weaving draft is a braided twill. The threading produces diagonal lines that weave in and out on each other.
By using the same yarn in the weft, the interlacing effect was very subtle. A darker tow linen gave a more noticeable braided appearance.
Weaving Pattern books
Reflections From A Flaxen Past : For Love of Lithuanian Weaving
Flax tools and faces from archival photographs; textile images and patterns.
UK: Reflections from a Flaxen Past