This week I have taken a finished and scaled sample off the table loom. I am very pleased with the progress and outcome as it very closely replicates my digital design. The sample is approximately 28x60cm.
Below I have evaluated the process and samples;
Consistent in width along the whole weave
The yarn colours are particularly successful in comparison to the digital design and compliment each other well.
Using a cardboard template to define the circle shape and marking the warp with a pen proved useful.
Finishing the weave with a white band at the top and bottom allows the design to be contained and feel finished.
The fringing technique remains unclear and this will be tested.
The weave is neat and consistent in tension throughout the sample.
The size of the sample provides a good sense of the weight of rug.
The circle is relatively successful but in some cases it does appear jagged - this could be overcome by reducing the weft width by one warp every time to make a more gradual curve.
In the future it is worth noting that curves in designs are labour intensive (!)
Overall I feel that this sample has made me feel confident in my practical ability and has brought my idea to physical form.
Within this module, I plan to sample sections of the other designs in the collection and develop simple complimentary designs which will be more appropriate for outsource production.