Blogger Julie Powell challenged herself to prepare all 524 recipes in Julia Child's first cookbook. The resulting novel, Julie and Julia, and its popular 2009 film adaptation documented the process by which Julie aspired to become Julia's double, eventually even wearing her own version of Julia's signature pearls.
Similarly, I challenged myself to use a weaving technique unfamiliar to me, doubleweave pickup, to create aprons for Julie and Julia. Before beginning to weave, I charted the words and the cityscape designs on graph paper with each square representing four warp threads. I then threaded my loom with 708 threads and created two separate layers, one blue and one natural. By counting the threads across each row and carefully manipulating the pickup stick and shuttle, I brought the threads on the bottom layer to the top (and v.v.) to create the design in the opposite color.
And so doubleweave allowed me to use the same warp for both aprons, suggesting the affinity of the two cooks while achieving different effects.
I wove the towels in the monk's belt pattern.
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Last Updated April 6, 2013