Warp Length, working with cotton
Hi folks! Newb here with a few questions.
First off, how do you guys wind on a longish warp by yourself? I did a 3 yard warp by myself last night, but I had a lot of trouble getting it snug. Part of that, I believe, is that I used cotton. I've read in several places that getting cotton to maintain tension is difficult... But regardless of material, any tips? I work graveyard, as does DH, and since I'm part time, I spend a lot of time by myself, and can't call someone over to come help.
Going back to the cotton issue, I'm using the P&C as my weft, with #10 crochet cotton as the warp. I wanted to play with weft faced/emphasis weaves. Besides the tension issues mentioned above, I'm having trouble getting a firm beat. There's a definate space between each pass. Very minimal, but its bugging me. I'm about 4 inches in to my towels, is this something that will pass as I get further in? I have the (possibly strange) idea that since cotton shrinks in the first wash, this is OK. I want towels, not washing boards. ;-)
Thanks in advance for your help!