People kept asking me how many hours it took to weave my first “Gypsy Jacket”. See: First Gypsy Jacket
So, I thought that I would set myself a challenge.
I decided that I would weave another one and log in, keeping track of all the hours I put into weaving a Gypsy Jacket.
I logged in an absurd number of hours of weaving time, and decided that I just didn’t want to know anymore just how many hours I put in.
Why did it take so long?
Because I was using a very slow technique, of working with 2 sets of clasped wefts to get more color play into my fabric.
I only used one shuttle, but had yarn on cones to the right of the loom, and yarn on spools on a spool rack to the left of the loom.
The shuttle comes out of the warp strands between picks and sits on the surface of the web, about 6 inches from the left hand edge.
The first motion is to open a new shed, pass the shuttle into the shed, take it out to the left, go under the strands of yarn that are hanging from the spool rack, pull them into the shed with the yarn from the shuttle.
Bring them into the place where you want them to end. There is a double strand of that set of weft strands.
Now, the shuttle goes to the right hand edge and out , and goes under the yarn that is on the cones. The shuttle goes back into the shed, and is pulled up, bringing the 3rd color as far as desired. The shuttle then is moved back to it’s exit point, the shed is closed, beaten, and the next shed is opened. The whole process is repeated.
It’s slow, but you can create pretty intense colorways this way.
Of course, it’s faster to just use one set of clasped weft yarns, but by clasping from both selvedges, you can get some pretty gorgeous patterning.
So far, I have used 5 different looms for this jacket, and still have a couple more that I will be working with to complete the weaving of the parts of the new Gypsy Jacket.
One section was woven with a cradle loom and a small rigid heddle.
And, one section was woven with a small Goodwood frame loom. I love frame looms, and used another frame loom for other pieces of the jacket.
More weaving to go…. and then the sewing.
Would I sell the jacket? Well, yes, actually. 🙂