Well you can plan and take so much time getting a warp on the loom. Such a process that while doing it one wonders why they are into this job at all. But after getting the warp on the warp beam, I spent some of Saturday threading the heddles and tying on the front.
Today I finished tying on and was all excited to start weaving but alas just as I was starting – four weft threads in, I was remembering all those other little jobs – i.e. the biggest one was that I had to change the tie up from the last warp. A major difference. So under the loom I went. Of course I needed the cheat sheet to remember which lamms tied onto which treadles. Got that straight in my head and it went rather quicker than I thought it would.
Then came the scary moment of pulling the anchor pins out of the jacks of the countermarche and seeing if all was well. S-l-o-w-l-y I pulled them out and not a single jack moved. The first time that has happened when I was the one doing it as opposed to getting Mark to help me.
Then in eagerness I started weaving. Back and forth. Then “Oh dear me!” I forgot to check the shed. Something I have learned must be done every time. So we checked it … yippy again. Not a single crossed warp thread. All looked great. Of course this is just a straight twill so if I had messed it up, I should reconsider what I consider fun.
I started weaving plain weave and then switched to twill. I am using a temple to try and get the most perfect cloth I can. Well, still getting it all set and this first bit is a bit of fiddle faddle but am getting on. One of the interesting things is this is my widest cloth that is just for myself – 36 inches wide.Will get my stretching exercise over this 9 yards. Hopefully I won’t get tired of it before the end. Should go quickly and will have a couple extras for the skirt but this first bit will be aside of that.