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As part of our recent ornament exchange, I made these ornaments using hemp as warp and background weft. My original star design uses 4/4 Foxfiber Green cotton.
This was my first attempt at doing a transparency weaving. I used the end of a hemp warp that I had used for towels. I resleyed the warp at 10 epi, leaving a 1 inch space between each ornament. As I was doing several ornaments at one time across the width of the loom, I was unable to use the beater to beat each row in place. Instead, I used a tapestry beater to place the weft.I would recommend doing each ornament individually on a narrow warp, (i.e. 32 ends) as using the reed and beater would give a more consistent and even beat.
Warp: 3 ply Hemp
Background weft: 3 ply hemp
Design Weft: 4/4 Foxfiber Cotton – Green
Sett: 10 epi
No. Ends: 32
Threading – 1,2,3,4 twill
Tabby: 1,3 Hemp
Design: 2,3 Cotton, using small butterflies for each separate section of the design
Tabby: 2,4 Hemp
Design: 3,4 Cotton
Finishing: Hem stitch each end with the same hemp yarn as the weft.
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