Thoughts on 5.6 – Project Planning 101… Putting it All Together – Project Planning 101

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    • #157376
      Ginette
      Keymaster

        Let us know your thoughts on 5.6 – Project Planning 101… Putting it All Together – Project Planning 101.

      • #157377
        tedmisten
        Participant

          I love this guild! I bought a Jane loom from an online store 2 years ago and learned how to get going from the Louet video included. Love the Jane way…. I have been working through the videos – so many good messages. I’m waiting on my Megado to arrive any day now so I can put them to use.

          I’m an architect so forgive me for being too precise. I think if numbers are rounded up and generous it probably wouldn’t ever matter but given a circumstance where a number of towels are planned and the towel is relatively short with a healthy hem amount, you could run into problems if you didn’t round up because shrinkage impacts the hem dimension as well as the body of the towel. (Calculators have a way of introducing less squishy numbers.) Wouldn’t the length calculation order be better like this:

          Finished Length
          + 5% x Finished Length for take up
          + Hem Length
          ===equals=====
          Length before shrinkage

          + Length before shrinkage X 10% (or experienced shrinkage amount)
          ===equals=====
          Length needed for project (X number of items if doing more than one)

          + Loom waste
          ===equals=====
          Total Warp Length (in inches)/ 36 inches / yard

          I always add extra for things like this but when I first started out I had unrealistic expectations and did not build in contingencies. I’m a bit more realistic now having learned the hard way – in particular not accounting for take up or enough shrinkage.

          Thanks for these videos! They are so well done and packed with great info.

        • #157378
          Helen Murphy
          Participant

            Hello my name Helen Murphy and I live on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia. I have dabbled in weaving in a very limited way for a long time without learning anything. A friend introduced me to your course late last year and I have now joined. I have started right at the very beginning and although still only half way through season 1, I am hooked. The videos are very easy to learn from and Jane is fast becoming a friend in my craft room on a very regular basis. Thank you Jane.

            • #157379
              Sandra
              Keymaster

                Welcome aboard, Helen!

            • #164458
              Kathleen Birch
              Participant

                Hi! I have scads of 8/4 cotton and 8/4 poly cotton around from warping for rag rugs. Will I be disappointed using that instead of 8/2 cotton? I am a beginner at weaving anything other than rag rugs so I’m thinking this would be stress-free weaving to use up the 8/4 I have around. I’m looking at the sett chart and would use 10 or 12 epi/ppi. I’m thinking the 10 epi/ppi make the softest? Also, should I stick with the all cotton 8/4? Because of availability of colors, I use cotton and poly cotton in my rug warps without any issue–is that a problem with tea towels? There is a slight difference in the size of the thread (the poly/cotton is a little thinner) so would I be ill advised to mix the cotton and poly cotton in one set of towels? I would have a better selection for colors if I can mix but can certainly make due if I just stick to all cotton. Thanks in advance. I am pretty much completely staying at home with the Covid19 thing and this is a great opportunity to spend hours with the guild. I am so grateful that you all are doing this.

                • #164467
                  Sandra
                  Keymaster

                    Why don’t you put a 100% cotton warp on and weave some tea towels, finish them and see if you like the result?  It’s hard for me to say.  I’ve never used poly-cotton, so you could use the 100% cotton as weft in one and the poly-cotton in another and “test drive” them.  Do you like their hand, are they both equally absorbent, how do they feel in your hand as you use them?  Let us know if you noticed a difference.

                • #183727
                  Jan
                  Participant

                    Thank you so very much for these beautiful and crazy easy videos to watch which I have been binging for the past few days.  I am almost 70, and my loom has been stored away for over 25 years (life happens).   I have forgotten so very much and appreciate the way Jane teaches from the very beginning.  I recognize many of the bad habits I developed .  Jane makes everything so simple and fun (“easy peasy” she says- though I don’t have an Uncle Bob — he must live in Canada :).   I can hardly wait to explore my old box of yarns to see if there is any life left – and look forward to purchasing some pretty yarns from Jane.   Hopefully, my bad habits will be replaced with better ones from Jane.  Thank you for sharing so much joy !!   Jan in Dallas.

                  • #188946
                    Paul Razzell
                    Participant

                       

                       

                      Vibrant Plaid

                      I want to weave a blanket with this vibrant plaid pattern.

                      I’m an ambitious beginner who has only woven a set of tea towels from a Jane Stafford kit with 8/2 cotton on a 4-shaft Leclerc Nilus.

                      Can you tell me where I’d find instructions for weaving a blanket: sett, tie-up, yarn size/weight, EPI, and recommended wool, reed dent, sley, etc? Is there a book or some other source that would help me along?

                      This photo is from @woldandhoundcompany on Etsy.

                      Thanks for your help!

                      • #188993
                        Sandra
                        Keymaster

                          Paul, the chances are your loom isn’t wide enough to weave a blanket which needs to be wide enough to allow for shrinkage after finishing.  Work your way through Seasons 1 and 2.  When you get to Season 3, you’ll learn about weaving Double Width cloth.

                      • #189015
                        Paul Razzell
                        Participant

                          Thanks, Sandra. I will do as you recommend!

                        • #196532
                          Kerrie McAlister
                          Participant

                            Terrific

                             

                          • #197852
                            Johana
                            Participant

                              Since there are no instructions or magazines about weaving here, I had to come up with the calculation of the required length of yarn myself and I was quite right. Then, when I calculated it according to your instructions, I came across the problem centimeter versus inch. Unfortunately, it is not possible to multiply the EPI expressed in inches with the width given in centimeters. So I will probably have to buy a meter in inches, which will definitely be a problem in the Czech Republic 🙂

                              I assume that the calculation for warp weaving and weft weaving will be mentioned in future parts.

                              While reading the previous comments, I was saddened that there was a covid for a year. Our district where I live is currently surrounded by soldiers and police and no one is allowed in or out. Hospitals are overcrowded and patients from our district have begun to be transported to neighboring Germany. So this study is really relaxing for me.

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                              • #197879
                                Sandra
                                Keymaster

                                  You can do the calculations, Johana.  In Canada, we live in a world that uses both systems.  Our children are taught using metric at school but weavers like me use Imperial, because that was the system we learned as children.  I just took the common 18 epi and divided it by 2.54 (which is the number of centimetres in an inch – I looked it up online) and the result was 7.08 ends in a centimetre.  Multiplied by 2.54, the result is 17.98 which can be rounded up to 18.  Weaving is not an exact science and often close is good enough.  By the way, there is a fabulous magazine out of Sweden that is published in English called VAV – everything in that magazine is calculated in metric.  Just relax and enjoy your weaving – it’s a challenging time the world over and we need something that gives us joy, not more worries.

                              • #197888
                                Johana
                                Participant

                                  Thanks for the tip on VAV magazine, but I prefer to do my own things. I can’t follow recipes even when cooking. lol.

                                  Measuring with an inch seems more handy to me in some activities, such as quilting and weaving it seems to be more handy as well.

                                  • #197899
                                    Sandra
                                    Keymaster

                                      VAV isn’t just a “recipe” magazine, it’s the most interesting and inspiring magazine I subscribe to.  BTW – every ruler and measuring tape I use is in both metric and imperial, that’s all that’s available in Canada 😉

                                  • #200399
                                    Barbara G.
                                    Participant

                                      This was a GREAT episode! I’ve taken a few weaving classes at a local arts organization, and a few of these calculations were explained, but I never learned the necessity of calculating “draw in” on a warp, “take up” on a weft, or how to calculate how much yarn I’d need for a given project.  This put all of it together.  Thank you!

                                      I love the master sett chart.  But I see a lot of people using tencel and in fact I have two cones of 8/2 tencel.  Can you give us a couple of suggestions for sett on tencel for a couple of different drapes (firm, softer, etc) or is the sett comparable to one of the materials already listed on the chart?

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