This weekend was busy with mundane items, but I did manage to process the plied Icelandinc I spun last week. I had actually hoped to start dyeing it for tablet weaving, but both my pantry and the local grocery store failed to yield cream of tartar, so it will have to wait until next weekend.
I did, however, remove my broken diamond twill from the loom and wet-finishing it. I even started a new warp of linen singles for a narrow piece of fabric with which I want to do some experiments.
Now, I know from spinning my own yarn that singles (especially those spun tightly) have an amazing tendency to twist back on themselves. This stuff, however, was impressive in a not-so-good way. The warp chains actually twisted so tightly when I was beaming that I had a heck of a time unwinding them when it came time to thread the heddles. I know for the next time that I will definitely need to employ a warping trapeze and additional weight (or warping partner). I have not yet threaded the reed, so further piddling with this will have to wait until next weekend.
And speaking of next weekend, I have an aprondress construction class that I will be teaching. Guess I need to print out some handouts and gather my binders containing images of extant beads and brooches for folks to poke through.
I think, however, my highlight for the weekend was the lovely afternoon spent with some of the members of the Highland Foorde Weavers Guild! These ladies are friendly and very, very talented! I got to drool over some textile and weaving books and ended up helping someone get started with the drop spindle. I have even been invited to teach my Middle Eastern Costuming class next month (which means, I will be updating those documents sooner, rather than later).
The one thing I had really wanted to achieve but that I did not get to touch was cutting out new garb. My BF needs some foofier Viking tunics, so my plan is to start those next Sunday. As it is, I did clean out the sewing room a bit last night and dug up the plaid linen in the image above. So very not period for me, but it is 100% linen that I got for an amazing bargain last year online. I ended up cutting it into a loose-ish rectangular cut tunic for wear in muddy-yucky weather (I always like to have a couple garments that look ok, but that I wont weep over too much should they be destroyed in a really wet year). Guess that is my project for the week, and in a way, it is great because it is helping to cull my sta