My journey into the world of weaving


The warp from hell

I came so very close to ditching this project as I faced over 200 tangled ends. Who knew 8/2 unmercerized cotton would be so sticky? I didn’t! would it have been better to warp back to front after all? I suspect maybe.

But I plugged away, shaking, reshaking, untangling all the ends, and beaming slowly inch by inch.

The warp is beamed now and tied onto the front beam. All the ends are happy ends, albeit 8 or so inches shorter.

I need to tie up the treadles and then I think I can begin to weave!

Oh and yes, I had 4 broken ends so I have those to deal with.

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New warp on loom

More handspun – all grays and variations of gray with an odd purple/blue in the mix.
This was a challenging warp! It is very sticky yarn. When it came time to shake out the bouts in preparation for beaming, that’s when I discovered crossed ends in the heddles. After some fuss and some near disasters, I learned a quick and easy way to straighten those yarns. All got straightened and I beamed the warp. It is now ready to tie onto the front beam and commence weaving!

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The warp is on – slow going

I am still sorting out the ends into the raddle. I did attach two metal tie on rods and I am pleased – this part seems familiar. What doesn’t seem familiar is the fact that the warp will be beamed going around the beam in front and then around, rather than in back and then coming around. So I am puzzling how to put in the paper. It seems backwards but I can understand why because of it being a sectional warp beam. I know once I figure it out, I’ll be fine.

I’m away this weekend but I am bringing up the Ashford Traditional (owned right now by Margaret Russell) for a look see by Melodi Hackett (Portland Fiber Gallery). I think it’s a good wheel but may need a good tweak by someone who knows wheels! I’m hoping this can be the wheel to keep me occupied whilst the Louet goes to my sister, the other owner. So we’ll see.