I wanted to get a new warp on Inky for summer. Inky has traveled with this new warp to Clayton, NY, and Grove City, PA so far. This was based on an original pattern I wove a few years ago, and that I really enjoyed. I weave on more than one loom at a time, but this was the first time I realized I needed to weave a second inkle band in lime green for another project underway. I borrowed a guildmate's Inklette to weave the second band accompanying Inky in the photo. The green band went on and off that loom in the same day. Probably an hour or less to warp. Maybe 6 hours of weaving. The pattern IS pick up, but I try and plan the pick ups to work with the natural up and down of the sheds, so the effort is minimal.
To see how I plan to use the lime green inkle band, check out the Structo Bag project.
I tied onto an existing warp, so I didn't have to rethread. It took me about 5 hours to tie the new onto the old (630 warps).
When I finished the previous project, I painted a bit of glue and water on the warp, under tension. Let it dry. Cut it off, but left a few weft threads (3). This made it easier to connect the new warp to the old, as it preserved the precise color order. (The warp was sleyed 2 per dent in a 15 dent reed, so it was hard to tell just pulling from the reed which color came first in the threading order.) By pulling from that little woven bit left at the edge, this was accomplished much quicker and easier, as it was evident which thread was next. It was like a threading "valet" ;-)
I also used my Navajo loom (with a project still mounted on it!) as a "warping valet", throwing the warp and water bottles (for weight) over the top to gain additional height while beaming. This worked really well.
I planned a little extra warp, so I can sample some wefts before launching into another series of dishtowels, this time in blue.
I used two weights of wool each set differently. I also fulled it in the bathtub by walking on it in hot, soapy water for 30 minutes. Even though the wool was set firmly because of the deflected double weave structure it is very light and soft.
A loom was returned to me after 15 years with lots of loom waste, so I decided to rethread the loom with a new pattern to test the mechanics of the loom, recycling what was left hanging from the back beam. I had to re-establish the cross first, and after that, threading was easy.
I noticed the warp was a bit big for overshot "background," so I cheated the weft a bit by using a 10/2 white background, with a 5/2 blue pattern. An overshot patterns should square up, so this was the best idea I could come up with to make that happen.
I was able to complete a small table runner, and had a neighbor come over and complete a small project, also. But the best news was the loom weaves GREAT!
I had so much fun dying this yarn and weaving these scarves! I bought some mill end rayon years ago and go to the ‘mill end’ part and dyed it in red blue and purple. The red turned more pink and I loved the results!
I know cotlin is not a typical material for something like a scarf but it's a matter of using what I have on hand, and I happen to have a bunch of this cotlin, having picked it up at Webs' last end of year sale. I'm still getting back into the swing of things, so I wanted to go with less expensive fiber for this early effort.
I've run into some tension issues early on - I think partly due to the thread count, which is higher than anything I've dealt with in quite a long time, and due to the fact that I didn't catch some crossed threads until after I started weaving. I don't know how that happened... I thought I double-checked, but next time I'll triple check! Definitely an object lesson in being very deliberate while threading the heddles... I'd rather spend an extra 15-30 minutes at that stage than an extra 15-30 minutes dealing with it after! I was able to fix the crossed threads, but as a result of re-tying that particular bunch of threads at the front tension is a little uneven there. I think my sleying pattern is also a factor; I spaced things out to get 24 EPI in a 10 dent reed, and 3 threads to a reed seems to be pushing it a little. Some of the warp stripes are a little bunchier than others.
I also found a mis-thread which broke the twill pattern. I wound up adding a string heddle, cutting the old warp thread and adding a new one (wrapped around a T-pin, to be threaded in after weaving) and after a few shots it's looking good.
All in all I think it's starting to settle down and even out- my hope is that once the cloth makes it onto the beam the tension will get a little more uniform.
Tension has definitely improved as cloth winds onto the front beam. A "paper clip temple" has also helped speed things up. I've actualy already finished one 68-ish inch scarf, which is quite gratifying. It's uneven at the beginning and has its share of flaws, but that won't stop me from wearing it.
Finished weaving scarf #2 tonight. If I wanted I *might* be able to squeeze another repeat of the sett in, but I don't want to risk running out of usable warp in mid-block. The tension came out fine at the end, after getting frustratingly uneven right about the time the rear apron rod came off of the back beam. I'm hopefuly that I'll be able to massage a couple of particularly crooked rows back into better shape before finishing. It's too late to contemplate taking it off the loom tonight, eager though I am to do so!
Scarf #2 is off the cloth beam, and its fringe tied off... I still need to weave in a couple of replacement warp threads but it's pretty exciting to see how much everything has evened out. Can't wait to see how it looks after finishing!
I finally had a chance to weave in replacement warp thread ends, trim weft threads that were sticking out from color changes, and deal with a few selvedge loops. I let both pieces soak for a bit in cold water, and have run them through a delicate cycle with some woolite... now to air dry!
After a hard press, things look good. I've surprised myself a bit with this project, and it's definitely emboldened me a bit as far as tartan is concerned!
Pattern is from Weaver's Craft Magazine, Vol 1, Issue 2, p.8. Wound 4.25 yd warp for 4 towels.
Did a Wall of Troy threading and a Descending and Ascending Twill with a half drop.
Lots of firsts with this project, first time using the Baby Mac, first time using Tencel, first project with networked twills