After a trip to Aruba I finished setting up the Spring loom to begin weaving. It required learning new skills to get this far. Yes, I’ve been weaving for over 30 years but there are always new things one can learn about ways to use equipment.
Back to front, Front to back, how do you put on your warp. I had been warping from the front for over 30 years. It started when I was using mixed warps. Then I just got comfortable with doing it that way. So with the Spring I forced myself to learn once again how to warp from the “Back”. The raddle with all the small divisions on the Spring seemed tedious, but that warp sure wound on nice. Threading texsolve heddles is quite different than metal heddles. After threading almost 500 Heddles I seemed to find a way to hold them to make threading more efficient.
Monday I sat down to weave. Of course 3 threading errors had to be fixed before continuing. My first 3 weft throws were good. Then I depressed the 4th treadle, or so I tried. I could not get a shed. I was perplexed. Everything appeared fine. What had I done. The loom is tied up like a countermarche loom. Every heddle gets tied to a treadle whether used or not. Here in lay the problem. That particular harness had been tied to both a rising and sinking Lamm. A harness should only be tied to one or the other. Problem found and solved.
My first warp on the loom is for these cheerful towels. The warp and weft are both 8/2 cotton threaded 24 ends per inch. An 8 harness overshot. By the time the warp is woven off I should be much more familiar with my new friend.
The view from our room in Aruba. The hotels were all along the beaches on this side of the island.
On the other side of the island the beaches are covered with dead coral. The water here is much rougher. The second picture is a large volcanic rock.
The sunset made for a beautiful evening dinner. The next two nights were cloudy, so this was our best sunset.
Lovely weaving, Barbara!!
D’Anne, Thank you! See you next week.
The fun, fancy pattern and the colors offer a perfect memory of your trip!
Rosemary, Thank you. Your right most of the items we weave are tied to past memories.
The blues in your towels will remind you of those beautiful skies and ocean. Have fun with your new friend!
I’ve only ever warped from front to back . . . kind of scared to try the other because I’ve only just gotten good at the way I do it! But I know that back to front has its benefits so I guess I’ll need to take the plunge. The Aruba trip sounds fab but I bet it was great to get back to the looms, as well!
Kerry, If your able to get even tension of your yarns from front to back I wouldn’t change. The Spring loom has this built in raddle so it seemed that I should try warping again from back to front. I also no longer am doing mixed warps.