Posted on Mon, 02/06/2012 - 10:03 Weaving tartan (first project) This is only my second floor loom project. The first one was a baby blanket that I made in a weaving course about 25 years ago at the Sawtooth Center in Winston-Salem, NC. That blanket, sadly, was felted in the washing machine and then eaten by moths :-( I recently bought myself a Bergå Savonia 8harness countermarch loom and this is the first project that I'm putting on it. My goal is to weave enough fabric in the "Cameron Hunting" tartan so that I can make a kilt for myself. I'm still undecided about whether a Great Kilt or a tailored modern one. Anyway, first things first. To get an idea how all of this works, I decided to start with a small sample. I'm using 20/2 worsted-spun MORA (a Swedish wool) at 11 EPC (28 EPI). The full tartan pattern is about 17cm wide, so I decided to use 2 patterns of warp width (35cm) and put about 2 meters of warp on the loom. I just threaded and tied-up 4 harnesses and 4 treadles to start with. I'm using this project to figure out how the loom works, how the yarns work, how the pattern works and what the fabric will look like when finished. Once this project is done I will then decide how to proceed. I wove the first 20cm or so (just past the first yellow horizontal stripe) and realized that the stripes were wavy (don't know why) and that I was beating too hard so that the checks are not square like they should be. In the next large blue horizontal stripe I tightened up the warp tension and started beating more lightly so that the checks would come out square. This seems to be working now. In order for the tartan to be "correct", I need to make sure that I have the same number of EPC/EPI in the warp and in the weft. The stripes are still not exactly straight and I'm not sure why that is. Any suggestions? I'll post more comments/pictures as I go. Thanks for your interest/feedback/comments!