I’m weaving a kimono-style collar for a tunic vest. I will fold the collar lengthwise to sew it around the vest neckline. I plan to weave the vest fabric on my eight shaft floor loom. I finished the first pattern repeat of a freeform overshot pattern on my 24-shaft AVL Workshop Dobby Loom. I chose to experiment with some unusual yarns (I can’t seem to NOT experiment; I get bored easily): a WEBS® chenille warp and a fingering weight cotton knitting yarn with an aqua/lavender colorway for the pattern weft. The combination looks as terrific as I had hoped. The chenille covers up more of the pattern weft than a smoother yarn would, but I love the velvety feel of chenille against my neck. The tabby weft is a Lunatic Fringe Yarns 20/2 mercerized cotton yarn in the same color as the chenille (red-purple for both).
I’m still getting used to using the loom. My laptop froze at one point and I had to restart the computer manually. I received some good advice on preventing computerized dobby looms from having this problem in a Facebook AVL Looms user’s group (AVL Fans and B/S/T). The front loom beam has a sandpaper finish. For some delicate and/or fuzzy yarns, like chenille, the beam needs to be covered to prevent fraying.