Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Most weavers in this day and age wind up weaving rectangles - place mats, scarves, shawls, etc., etc. What we tend to forget is that historically what weavers wove were the raw materials for people who cut and sewed something from the yardage.
Here is the damp yardage for my new office curtains. I'll press it in the morning, then try to find a couple of hours to sew the curtains. They won't be anything but a 'quick and dirty' solution to a pressing problem - curtains that are threatening to fall off the curtain rod because gravity is proving too much for the shattered fabric.
Handwoven fabric is no more difficult to sew with than any commercial cloth of the same quality. The 'problem' is that - even after a couple of decades of leaping to my soapbox to talk about wet finishing, including the importance of a hard press - many weavers till don't understand the process. They sometimes build fabric that is too 'weak' for the intended purpose, fail to apply compression, then get dismayed when their fabric either falls apart at the sight of scissors or simply doesn't perform the way it should.
The more weavers understand about what makes a good cloth for their application, including the wet finishing, the more success they will have when it comes to things like sewing fitted garments.
Now leaping off my soapbox.