Another week means another weaving project for me. Actually, I have another one on the way, because I’m a little behind on my homework! This time around we were given a Summer and Winter project. This type of weave is called Summer and Winter because the finished fabric is opposite on each side…one side is light, and one side is dark. My teacher told us that this first became popular in America when families did not have enough money to buy two bed covers for the warm season and cold season. They would buy/weave bed coverings in the Summer and Winter pattern and use one side for the warm months, and the other for the cold months. Traditionally, white yarn is used for the background, and a dark color like navy is used for the foreground. Since this was my first time attempting this type of weave, I decided to go with the classic look.
Another characteristic of the Summer and Winter weave is it is usually a fairly firm weave, making it great for towels, handbags, and bed coverings, but not so good for clothing and scarves (unless you use teeny tiny threads). I opted for a set of hand towels because they are small and easy. I used 100% cotton thread for optimal water absorbancy.
What I loved about Summer and Winter is it is really easy to design a pattern. Basically, with my loom, I can make two different pattern blocks, A and B, and put them together in an almost unlimited number of combinations to make a pattern.
Up next? Lace!