My journey into the world of weaving

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Weaving began but not without problems!

I fixed the threading errors and began to weave the napkins, using a twill pattern and alternating the colors so there is a plaid effect.

An end broke. This isn’t a selvedge end but one well one third of the way into the warp on the right. I fixed and contintued to weave. Again it broke. This it did half a dozen times and then the end next to it broke!

I was more than puzzled. I was frustrated. Was it the fiber? No I am pretty sure it’s not. And I couldn’t apply the same troubleshooting I had to the frequently breaking selvedge end of the previous project. But I could research this on the internet! I can’t have been the only one with this bothersome problem!

Sure enough, I found help here under “Sticky Sheds and Broken Threads”. I first tried advancing the warp frequently but that actually resulted in more frequent breaks! So what I did was make my sheds smaller by fussing with the treadle ties. And I am still advancing frequently. No breaks!

Here is my work thus far:


The fibers look brownish but the kit has assured me that they will turn a couple of shades of green! And these are huge napkins! I almost think they will morph into dish towels, but we’ll see what we have once off the loom.

So frustration has turned into pleasure.

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Weaving the 4th

That is, weaving the 4th bath towel has commenced. About 12 inches done. The selvedge did break – but after more than 24 inches! So I think I can claim successful troubleshooting.

I’m pondering the next project: the somewhat complex linen napkins or just whip up another handspun scarf! I do have some handspun stash that needs to be use.

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Selvedge troubleshooting – success!

At least so far. I am employing all tips and hints! So in a way not very good troubleshooting because I don’t really know what is making the difference. But there does seem to be a difference. I have woven about 12 inches without any breaking. The actual selvedge end looks good, not frayed. So while I am not sure what has helped, this is what I am doing: angling the weft more, not as tight a tension, and letting the shuttle do it’s thing. At this rate, the last towel will be perfect!

I have this week off so I am planning a good balance of weaving and household tasks. I should be able to complete the towels and begin another project which I think will be the linen napkins.

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More on the broken selvedge end

Apparently this has happened to others!

I have found some reasons this is happening to me. Peggy Osterkamp discusses these reasons in this post: too much draw, not enough slack in the weft, or the weft is pulled too tightly at the selvedge. It could be any of these reasons!

I also found a great discussion on this topic in a Weavolution forum.

Food for thought and I need to sit down and figure it out. I may just get this right by towel number 4!


Weaving again – small problem with selvedge

I am weaving this weekend! I’m well into towel three.

I seem to have this small problem with my right selvedge – it keeps breaking! The yarn does look frayed and I don’t know what is causing the fraying.This is a new reed – are the dents ever that sharp? I am really puzzled by this. It’s easy enough to fix and I have done so multiple times. If anyone has any ideas, please post!