It was the perfect time to weave the last bit of linen warp on the table loom. Linen is notorious for not playing nicely… unless you know what it likes! Two things I keep in mind: linen has no stretch and it loves water. So I opened the windows wide to the spring rain and glorious smell of green things growing and wove away!

Aside from an awkward grouping of threads in the middle of the warp, all is good!

These are hot off the loom and will transform with finishing into lovely little mats.

 

Aside from an awkward grouping of threads in the middle of the warp, all is good!

It was just a small warp – 3 yards, to test if I truly learned what was taught at a recent linen weaving workshop. Jette Vandermeiden is my all time favourite weaving teacher. She offered a 3 day intensive workshop on linen. She stressed that it was process oriented, don’t worry if you only weave a few inches. The only problem was that I was coming down with something and my brain turned to mush. Try as I might, I created one mistake after another and created an ungodly mess!

By mid-morning on day three, exhausted and feverish, I felt the rush of tears as I saw my warp dissolve into a pile of linen spaghetti. NOooooo…

Jette, The Weaving Fairy, came to my rescue. I went outside to visit the sheep. In the end I was able to successfully weave my sampler but I wondered, could I do it again?

Now I know the answer is a resounding YES!

These are hot off the loom and will transform with finishing into lovely little mats.