Wednesday, 10 July 2013

just how important can a weaving project be?

I realized yesterday just how important the shirt linen is as a project for my career path.  Yes, all of a sudden like and it stressed me out for a while.  I feel a paper coming on with this project.  How much flax would you have to grow to process enough to make shirts?  How long would it take an experienced spinner to spin enough thread to make this yardage?

I can buy the amounts needed today, warp it up and count the hours it takes from start to finish.  In the 18thC though, I would have been responsible for it all!  Already these are expensive shirts.

It's no wonder this was women's work, not counted by worth, but just something that happened through the course of our lives.  Making linens for the family...

Yeah, just a little mind boggling stress there.

So I spent the day, yes the entire day (730-430), winding the rest of the warp.  I now have 36.5" wide warp to put on the loom friday when the rest of the gang is coming by to help me.

I have started yet another Master's level art project.  Shoot me now.


  1. I'm really interested in this project! I find weaving fascinating, and to make a period checked fabric, doubly so.

  2. Those are really good questions! I got to spin flax the other day for the first time. I am taking a flax procesing workshop in a couple of weeks. Can't wait.

  3. This is such a fascinating project! I hope you take some good pictures.