Working with Harrisville Shetland

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    • #29543
      Norma OCuilinn
      Participant

        Hi,

        I’m making a Shetland blanket and am wondering if I can full it in the washing machine like we did the mohair blankets at Jane’s retreat.  Or if doing it by hand in the sink is safer?  I wove a very tiny sample to experiment with it so I know it will full nicely but I did that small bit in my kitchen sink.

        any thoughts?

        Thanks!

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      • #29546
        Ginette
        Keymaster

          Hi Norma, I do full my blankets woven in Harrisville shetland in the washing machine as well.

          Ginette

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        • #29548
          Norma OCuilinn
          Participant

            Is there a trick to it? Or concerns I should be aware of before I try it?

            and do you go by Ginny?  We may have met at Jane’s…..

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          • #29549
            Ginette
            Keymaster

              Hi Norma, I follow Jane’s instructions on fulling.  Here’s the link to her helpline where you can download it.  I found with this yarn that it doesn’t take long in the washing machine.  I check it every 30 seconds once I noticed the fulling has started.  It’s great yarn for fulling!  I fulled last yardage I wove and it turned out lovely.  I don’t go by Ginny but have been to Jane’s for a few workshops.

               

              https://janestaffordtextiles.com/faq/fulling-your-handwoven-fabric/

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            • #29552
              Norma OCuilinn
              Participant

                Thank you!  I’ll read the info on the link you posted.

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              • #29595
                Norma OCuilinn
                Participant

                  ok. I finished the first blanket out of Shetland and fulled it and that went fine.  It had a 15% change horizontally and a 10% shrinkage in length.

                  However, when I was tensioning it on the apron rod before weaving I broke a whole bout of threads at the knot!  ( I half hitched the unbroken threads around the bundle and then taped it tight.  It stayed)

                  I didn’t realize it’s so fragile.  So, I’m wondering if any of you have a helpful hint about getting it settled with a good tension when tying on.

                  thank you

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                • #29601
                  Inga
                  Participant

                    I think lashing a warp should help.  I am sure Jane will cover it in a next video, but you can check on youtube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnrCoijfZVY andaAlso http://leighsfiberjournal.blogspot.ca/2007/10/how-to-lash-on-warp.html.

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                  • #29602
                    Norma OCuilinn
                    Participant

                      Thank you Inga!  I had completely forgotten about that as an option.  It’s a good idea and I’ll do that for the next project which is a shetland/mohair scarf.

                      Cheers

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                    • #29606
                      Norma OCuilinn
                      Participant

                        Hi Ginette

                        Ha! I got it to work!  It’s drying in this picture.  The dark horizontal line roughly in the middle was me messing with beat…. Oh well, not so noticeable now it’s dry…. First time to weave with Shetland.  I learned a lot. And it’s going to a friend who is happy to be a Guinea pig.  It’s for the foot of her bed.  The center is grey/brown, grey/brown across, weft is obviously black.

                         

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                      • #29608
                        Norma OCuilinn
                        Participant

                          Thank you

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                        • #29609
                          Norma OCuilinn
                          Participant

                            So, Ginette, when you make cloth with Shetland how much shrinkage do you usually get?

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                          • #29614
                            Norma OCuilinn
                            Participant

                              Oh my gracious.  That’s beautiful.  It almost looks like overshot.  I may need to get that book 🙂

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                            • #29700
                              Norma OCuilinn
                              Participant

                                To Ginette,

                                well I just beamed about 9 yds of Shetland and a thread broke while beaming.  It got caught on adjacent threads and tangled.  This stuff tangles so easily.

                                Do you have any suggestions for keeping it from wrapping around itself.  It was chained tightly and the cross was 2×2.

                                 

                                I just tied the broke bit together in a knot and I’ll keep my eye out for it while I’m weaving.  This is certainly a learning curve.

                                 

                                 

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                              • #29604
                                Ginette
                                Keymaster

                                  Hi Norma, I would love to see a picture of your blanket you just did in Shetland after fulling!  Are you able to post one?

                                  Ginette

                                   

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                                • #29607
                                  Ginette
                                  Keymaster

                                    That is so lovely Norma!  Love your colour mix and those black stripes, stunning!

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                                  • #29610
                                    Ginette
                                    Keymaster

                                      I wove it at 10 epi.  I used the ‘Earl’s Canvas’ pattern.

                                      Shrinkage was 13 % in width and about 10% in length.  Very close to your amounts.   I ended up with a piece that was 41″ wide and 4.33 yards long.   The nice thing was that I was able to full it as a whole piece!

                                      Ginette

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                                    • #29611
                                      Norma OCuilinn
                                      Participant

                                        Picture?  I’ve never heard of Earls Canvas… I’ll look it up

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                                      • #29613
                                        Ginette
                                        Keymaster

                                          Hi Norma, here’s a picture of the pattern that I did napkins as you can see it better on that as the warp was one colour, weft – second colour.  The second picture is the one I did in Shetland Harrisville, black on black,  finished, fulled fabric (not the best picture, it’s actually much darker the fabric)

                                          The pattern is from Twill Thrills book, 8 harness.

                                           

                                          earls canvas2

                                          earls canvas fulled

                                           

                                           

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                                        • #29702
                                          Ginette
                                          Keymaster

                                            Hi Norma,

                                            did you keep your 2 threads in the same dent in the raddle when you were winding on?

                                            Ginette

                                             

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                                          • #29703
                                            Norma OCuilinn
                                            Participant

                                              Yes. But the twisting, binding seemed to be before it got to the raddle and all down the warp towards the chain

                                              • This reply was modified 3 years, 8 months ago by Norma OCuilinn.
                                              • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by Sandra.
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                                            • #29719
                                              Ginette
                                              Keymaster

                                                Hi Norma,

                                                The one suggestion, which you may be doing already, is when you are beaming on the warp, if you feel any kind of snag or it feels like it’s not winding on as smoothly, is to pull/tug on your chain to get the threads back into place.  The next JST online guild video is tomorrow and that is where Jane will be showing how to beam on and I’m sure you’ll find some tricks in it to help you.  The nice thing about the Harrisville Shetland yarn and repair of a broken thread, when it’s fulled, the repairs don’t show.

                                                Ginette

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                                              • #29720
                                                Norma OCuilinn
                                                Participant

                                                  Right!  Thank you.

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