This is a fun one. I direct warped my Baby Wolf with a bunch of leftover skeins of worsted weight yarns out of my stash bins. Direct warping is how one warps a rigid heddle loom, not usually how one warps a multi-shafted loom. The warp is measured from the back beam through the raddle on top of the shafts, to a peg on the bookcase (not pictured), then cranked on smoothly using friction provided by the guides in the warp helpers on the back beam. Next the yarn is threaded in a bird’s eye point twill pattern from Dixon, and then sleyed at 1 end per dent in a 10 reed, this is full width on this loom. I lashed on but didn’t take any pictures of that. I am using all three of the patterns that go with this tie-up on page 72 like a random sampler. If I was actually planning the warp instead of just running up and down the stairs grabbing skeins of yarn I’d have put the greens in the center and made the colors symmetrical but I like how quickly this weaves up, the hand of the fabric and how the twill looks. It’s a fun break from the finer thread projects on the Millbruck and I can’t wait to see it finished.
This is a long warp that should make three shawls. I’m planning on one gray, one black and one blue. These are all cotton so they will look quite a bit different once they are off the loom, washed and dried. I corrected the threading error that you can see in the gray one. It won’t show once it is finished.
The gray is a basket weave. The black is three different twills and the blue will be a zigzag pattern.
I keep sharing pictures to Instagram and forgetting to put them here! Here is a bit of what I’ve been up to! The runner is wool sock yarn warp and various wools, acrylic, rayon and lurex wefts. The rosepath scarf is cotton warp with cotton weft. I’ll show a pic of it finished once it is pressed.
It is black, or very dark blue, it rolled on like a dream and took about a half hour to measure and beam. Yay me. Once again, I have proved that proper materials and proper tools save time and frustration. You think I’ll remember that next time? You can see what happened the first time here. This is going to have the really cool green, pink, blue and orange cotton slubby yarn as weft, where it belongs.
Now the tip:
I have figured out how to count while warping. Tie into bundles the number of “rounds” you have per inch. For this warp I am going to use an 8 reed (8 ends per inch) so each loop of the warping reel makes 2 ends. So I count out 24 ties because I want 24 inches in width and then go around the reel (or you can use a warping board) 4 times and then tie those 4 loops. Continue until you are out of ties. This probably seems really obvious to anyone who isn’t numbers-challenged but I used to count two or three times, okay, maybe four times as I was measuring.
And the Bun!
Those of you who have stayed with me this long get a treat — Bun E. Duncan! Since the kitchen is still in progress and Scott is spending his time wiring, Bun has not gotten out to play as frequently as he should. Scott had the idea that I should put him in his x-pen in the kitchen during the day a few times a week but I decided he could have his x-pen in my studio all day every day. He loves it. He gets to hang out at dog-eye level and he is such a good, clean bunny. He has his litter box in there with him and when I put him back in his crate at night there is nothing to sweep up. Gracie licks him through the bars now and then but he seems fine as long as those bars are there. — Inga
So, I present another one of a kind weaving. For those unfamiliar with my creations, one of a kind means I did not enjoy the process and will not undertake another. You may remember that I ended the last post on a positive note. Very shortly after that early success, everything went manky, with warp breakage, tension issues, the works. So it ended up 23.5 x 44″ which is a nice scarf size.
That was a learning experience, what I learned is that experimentation with warp yarns isn’t worth it. I remember an exchange on Ravelry where a new weaver commented that “old weavers” didn’t really “get” the fun of weaving with all the new knitting yarns and how much they were missing by not using sock yarn for scarves. An “old weaver” retorted that perhaps it was because they had experimented with them all when they were young and had determined that experimentation wasn’t the best way to enjoy their weaving time. I’d have to agree. You know, I have all these nice spools that say “warp” on them and I am going to pretty much stick with those for now. The next project will be a shawl, black warp and this cotton for weft, I am looking forward to it!
p.s. sorry about the awful pix, I will replace them tomorrow when I get some light.
What is looming today? A new weaving project! Sorry about the pun.:)
When I bought my Dorothy table loom on Ebay the shipping box contained cones of yarn in each corner as “padding,” three are chenille that I haven’t been brave enough to attempt using yet and the other was this variegated, slubby cotton. I am assuming it is cotton anyway. I knew it would make a pretty weft so I measured out a black matte cotton warp for it but then decided to try the variegated yarn for both warp & weft. I have only woven scarves so this is the widest warp, at 24 inches, that I have used. This will be a shawl about 23.5 x 72 inches woven on my Baby Wolf loom. Continue reading What is looming today? A new weaving project→