Archive for August, 2014

More looming!

Posted in Weaving with tags , , on August 25, 2014 by needlefingers

Well, since I haven’t yet gotten to the actual ‘weaving’ part, I’m calling what I’m doing ‘looming’.

And I should mention, I’m learning to do this through the floor loom class from Craftsy.

First, I’m putting each of the 508 threads through a heddle of its very own.

Threading the heddles

Threading the heddles

The paper towel roll is to keep the harnesses at a level that is comfortable for threading.  It was the best thing I could McGuyver at the time.  Ramblin will probably have a better idea for future use.

All threaded

All threaded

The loops you see are slip knots used to keep the groups of threads together.  This is a 1-2-3-4 straight draw.  After watching the video again, I realize threading it 4-3-2-1 would have made more sense in this project as A) I’m only doing tabby and twill and B) It would have been much easier to thread.  Of course, something else that would have made it easier to thread was setting it up for right-handed threading.  Those harnesses that hold the heddles need to be taken out and turned so that the eyes of the heddles slant open to the right-hand side.  The friend I bought the loom from was left-handed actually warped the loom front to back, and I didn’t realize there was a difference. (Yeah, I don’t know where I get these ideas, but some friend of mine is left-handed, I promise you.)

So many things to learn!

Once it was threaded, it was time to put the reed into the beater and sley the reed.  These towels are woven at 20epi and use a 10-dent reed.  That means two threads are drawn through each dent from the heddle to the front of the loom.

Sleyed

Sleyed in the reed

Time to remove the lease sticks from the back, take out the paper towel roll, and commence tying it to the front apron rod.

Tied to apron rod

Tied to apron rod

Now, I need to wind some bobbins, and the weaving will begin!

 

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In the lull of soap-making

Posted in Weaving with tags on August 21, 2014 by needlefingers

And lest you think the soap-making has stopped, let me assure you it hasn’t.  It has slowed, but that’s mostly due to a soap binge that has all of my drying space currently booked up.

So what am I doing in the meantime?

Warp being wound

Warp being wound

Rough sleying

Rough sleying with a homemade raddle

Instructions for this raddle can be found here.

Warp attached to apron rod, ready for beaming

Warp attached to apron rod, ready for beaming

Warp is beamed

Warp is beamed

This project is a seven and a half yard striped warp that will make seven towels using different techniques on each towel. (plain weave, twill, stripes of every- well – stripe)

The next steps, which could happen tomorrow, will involve threading the heddles and sleying the reed.

Then it will be time to weave.  Exciting times.