Now that I’ve got a handle on what to do with all this drum-carded wool that I’ve got, I’m working on handwoven yardage made from it. I’m thinking small project bags, tote bags, journal covers, etc.
I have started with an undulating twill that I’ve always wanted to try, and am very pleased with the results. I’m using a 10/2 commercial cotton warp in a very dark forest green with a handspun 2-ply weft using the drum carding technique I described earlier.I really like the way the variegated yarn that results works with this draft.
The pattern is a little less distinct after wet finishing, but it’s still beautiful, and an appropriate weight for the projects I have in mind.
Now that I have the yardage, I need to start working on patterns. I know there are a lot of patterns for bags and journal covers out there, but none of them are really what I’m looking for. Fortunately I have a good stash of fabric remnants in a variety of weights, so I have plenty of supplies for design and experimentation!