I am well into my first placemat. The p.p.i. fell a little short but I am happy with the weaving.
That is until I began to really study the pattern, which is another advancing twill. I think I have a threading error. It’s in the middle of the pattern. At first, I thought it was part of the pattern but it’s a slightly off-center kind of an effect. It’s an additional small diamond just to the right of the center. I think this shot shows it (the color is way off – I was trying for a close up!):
On the p.p.i. – I had figured 24 and I am coming up with about 18. On the previous project, the p.p.i. was supposed to be 30 and it was more like 20. I thought by decreasing the sett from 30 to 24 I would get closer and I am but it’s not what I thought it would be. I am beginning to understand the relationship of sett to p.p.i. and trying to come up with the numbers which would work. Is it fair to say that the higher the sett, the less p.p.i.? Meaning that there is less room to pack in the ends? That’s what I am pondering anyway.
This is a simpler pattern than the last and it did take more repeats for me to see it emerge. I have done 5 repeats, equalling about 7.5 inches. I am going for about 13-14, to equal 20 inches in length.
It gives me pleasure to notice my tension is good, my selvedges are good, and the sheds wide open! I am using the new shuttle given to me by my brother and I like it! It seems to fly!
One last observation – not as much draw-in as before.
I am really good on the observation – now I just have to figure out how all these observations mean to each other!