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Submitted by Weavolutionary on Fri, 07/10/2009 - 09:19
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I don't have a WWL as yet, but am very interested in building one and trying some basic wool cloth of handspun yarn. I'd like to do a reproduction piece from Bronze Age NW Europe. Figuring out the right type of wool has been a problem. Ryder's categories are difficult for me to interpret in modern wool breeds.
I hope to hear what others are doing!
I borrowed a WWL two years ago, and bought some Jaggerspun Maine line for it. I have mostly done narrow bands and didnt want my first warp to be too fine, so I chose the thicker weight. I set the loom up for a reenactment group who used it as a demo, but didnt weave on it. The heddle rod had come out at some point and the original heddles were all tangled. It was lots of fun, and I want one for myself soon.
I am in a wheelchair, so weaving on a loom with the cloth bar so high was a challenge. I'll probably make mine shorter.
Sharon Palmer aka Ranvaig the Weaver in the SCA
I am in the process of spinning 2 icelandic fleeces for the express purpose of weaving a shawl or blanket on a WWL... which I will build once the yarn is spun... hopefully that will be this July or August. I am using a wheel, but since I work fulltime, it isn't realistic to spindle spin. I plan to use a cardwoven tape at the top, and use a twill pattern... I am stoked about this!
I was given a warp weighted loom a few years ago for a re-enactment group (SCA). I have only done two small pieces on it. My biggest problem was keeping the fabric from taking in a whole lot and making it much narrower than I had anticipated. There must be something to the comment in one of my reference books about tying or lashing the selvedge to the side frames of the loom
Good luck to you all.
What I use to prevent the fabric from taking in too much is place a very sturdy needle in each side of the fabric. On the vertical bars next to it, I tie a piece of string, and then attach that string to the needle, like when I fix a broken warp end (do I make sense? I put in the needle vertically, and then wrap the string around it in a figure of eight). There is probably some good picture in a book, I'll see if I can find it (or my camera)