Tuesday, July 28, 2009
The First Straw
For anyone curious about straw weaving, this is one of the first tries I made with weaving straw wefts. This was rye straw and red Norwegian spelsau wool. The cotton warp was threaded in goose-eye. Later I used oat straw. Rye straw is longer, but oat straw crinkles up a little as it is woven, and glistens. Most of my other pieces were woven narrower and longer than this, as table runners. The contrast of black or dark blue wool with oat straw is my favorite, but white wool and straw is also beautiful. Unbleached linen, 16/2 , is a good warp choice. VAV magazine has several articles about weaving straw in their archives. Straw weaves are quite durable, and also may be washed. I think it would be pretty, and have recently seen (not sure where) some pretty straw weaves in monks belt.