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Turtleweaves Part 6 – Done

May 15, 2009

Well, not done in the sense of finished – I still have to wet finish it – but the weaving is all done!
Here it is on the couch. The bottom part is the “sampler” part with different weaves and densities. After I while, I was loving the twill, so I just continued in that for the 2nd half of the strip.
Sampler on couch
Here it is on the camilla (photo shoot the same day I finished the previously-posted socks):
Sampler on bush
A close-up of the “sampler” part of the weave:
Sampler close up
And a close-up of the loose twill I did at the end:
Sampler close up, twill
And yet another shot, folded to only show the twill:


Turtleweaves Part 4 – Beginning The Weaving

March 17, 2009

I promised fabric for my next weaving post, and here is some fabric.
I started with plain weave, experimenting with different numbers of picks per inch: balanced, tight, loose. Then I did some twill.
I took the following picture because I was so thrilled to see the fabric wind around the cloth beam:
Real fabric! That I wove! I know, I know — it doesn’t take much for me to get excited.

Turtleweaves Part 3 – Finishing the Warp

February 23, 2009

This blog post covers a couple of days.
I am up to threading the yarn through the heddles. I have 4 shafts, and I’m just putting the yarn thru in order: 1,2,3,4. (I think this is called a straight draw, but don’t quote me.) I tie a knot with each group of 12; here I have 24 threaded.
On shaft 1, I ran out of heddles. I thought I had more than enough, so I’d saved 2 at the beginning and skipped some of the bent ones. In retrospect, a mistake, but a very minor one — I got to practice Chandler’s lesson on making string heddles, and they seem to work fine.
Here I have all 120 ends threaded:
Now, I tie each of the groups onto the “apron rod” — I discovered that it’s an old paint stirrer! It seems to work, although it would be short if I were using the whole 14″ width of the loom, so I’ll replace it at some point.
I used a lark’s head knot (would you look at that — Chandler’s book is making me sound like I actually know something!) to tie the yarn on. Since my warp is shorter than I wanted it, I decided to use this method.
Here, Adidas is helping me wind the warp onto the back beam. As I wind, he is making sure there are no tangles in the front.
Then, I attached the yarn to the front apron rod. It took a bit of concentration but wasn’t as hard as it seemed from the description in the book. I tried to get the tension as even as I could.
When that was done, I lifted each shaft in turn, till I got to #3:
Oops, a mis-threaded heddle.
Not too hard to fix (from the front). Found 2 more errors, and fixed them too. See, in the 5th group from the right, there are 3 threads in a row that go “under.”
The warping is now done — hooray! I used paper to start and to even out the warp threads — I should have done more than 3 passes, but I was anxious to get a few picks in before I went to bed. And, this is a sampler, after all. So I indulged myself:
By the next blog post, you should see weaving!

Turtleweaves Part 2, Sleying the Reed

February 20, 2009

The next step in warping the loom placing each individual warp thread through the slots in the reed, or sleying. IMG_7916
This reed has 8 slots per inch, but I want my sampler to be 12 ends per inch, so I alternated one and two threads per slot.
Since I’m going to have white and green stripes in the warp, I do groups of 12 separated by gaps where the green will go.
Then I did the green:
Here is the back of the reed.
That’s all for today.

Turtleweaves: Warp Part 1

February 8, 2009

I have been weaving a bit, but my loom came pre-warped with a rather long warp, so I have never warped it. I decided at the end of last year that I needed to learn how to warp it. I bought the book in November, the yarn in December, then the project was OBE (Overcome By Events) and finally today I had time to begin. This post is picture heavy so my apologies if you are on dial-up.
Here’s the book, Learning to Weave by Deborah Chandler; I picked it because it was recommended by Syne Mitchell on her excellent podcast Weavecast:
Here is the wool, Halcyon Victorian (the green is a spruce green – not nearly as blue as in the photo):
Here is my assistant Adidas, setting up our “warping board” which consists of wood clamps on the dining room table:
I sat on one side of the table, while Adidas wound the warp around the clamps. We learned about making the “cross” and he was very careful that every round had a cross.
I’m in the foreground. When Adidas throws me the ball of yarn, I wrap it around my clamp and throw it back.
For this sampler (10″ wide, 12 ends per inch) we needed 60 white pieces of yarn:
We tied the cross in 5 places with scrap yarn:
Adidas cut the far end and tied it:
Here’s the warp. It was supposed to be 2 feet, but I was math challenged when I attached the clamps to the table, so it’s a little more than 1.5 feet. That’s OK, it’s a sampler. Notice the quantities of liquid refreshment we are consuming.
I chained the warp:
And then it was on to the green!
The green took about 1/3 the time of the natural, maybe less:
I guess we knew what we were doing the second time, at least a little bit.
My first two teeny tiny warps. I wanted to start the actually warping, but that will have to wait for another day.