Yesterday I cut off a project from the 16-shaft loom. Into the washer & dryer it went, and after the rain stopped this afternoon I was able to take it outside for a quick snapshot.
While on the loom it was stiff and scratchy, but after its bath it bloomed into a lovely drapable textile. Warp is cotton, ground weft ultra-fine pima & merino blend, and brocade weft 2-ply shiny silk. This one is for me, a lightweight "restaurant shawl." I think I've met my goal of a brocade textile with a light and airy hand.
I hate to leave a naked loom, especially with visitors coming soon, so I wound a new warp to tie on to the old one:
And with any luck, I'll get it beamed tomorrow & start the tying on. It's only 300 ends, so it shouldn't take too long.