Well, it was back to work this morning. The 30 ft rug was on my mind.
For those of you who don't know, a rug will shrink off the loom. In fact, I usually weave things 20% longer than I want them to be. That shrinkage is called 'take up'.
I was hesitant, though, to add 20% to a 30 ft rug. That would have meant weaving it 36', and for the life of me, I couldn't imagine that it would shrink that much.
So I unwound it from the loom, draped it over the top of the loom several times, covered it with a large piece of fabric, and let it rest.
This morning, we measured it with the tension off, and it measured 21" longer than the 30 ft I wanted.
After some consultation, I wound it back on, put the header on, and finished it.
I tied the fringe, and we headed down to the parish house to measure it. There was no place big enough in the studio, and the customer did not want CAT on her rug, since she has some allergies, so I was very careful not to leave it exposed at any time, prime cat perching spot that it would be.
We laid the rug out, and measured. Nerve wracking, I might add.
Wow, this is one LONG rug. But it measured 30 ft, plus 7" extra.
This is going in a lake house on Lake Michigan. I was going for the lodge look.
Do you like it??
This stove is in the kitchen at the parish house. I love it. This is for some serious cooking.
The rest of the day was spent cleaning. We have been trying to do a room at a time downstairs. Weaving rugs can be messy. Today we attacked the old dining room. I have to admit that L did a lot more cleaning than I did. My foot is screaming, still waiting for my orthotics. I am in pain.
Besides, she has a cleaning gene that I do not have.
We put up some shelves, some hooks to hang shuttles on.
It always feels so good when things are organized.
All in all, a very good day. The studio is looking good.
Maybe tomorrow I can get back to my placemats.
I am officially "orderless" as of today.
Why am I so happy??????