Monday, November 30, 2009

The War Has Been Won !

The war is finally over !!  I have been fighting tension since I rolled my warp onto the back beam.  Just keeping things even was a chore.  After much fussing with it, I decided to unwind it all to the front beam and then beam it back onto the back beam.  With alot of luck and "my sword" I was able to keep the tension on, little by little getting it back on the beam.  This is my first time warping Back to Front so it has been a challenge.  Since I have done 2 samplers and one project all warping Front to Back I was learning things all over again.  It did prove to be more tangle free, but I think more tedious.  Leaning into the loom to get the heddles threaded from the front proved painful (my arms) but very organized.  Below are some pictures of my feat.

"I think I got it !! "

Looks good from afar.....

Warp from the back side with the lease sticks still in.


The Sword - life saver - sanity saver.



So I am ready to weave in a header tomorrow and get busy with these towels.  Can't wait to see how the Mixed Berry weft will look with the Eggplant warp.  Surprises around every corner!


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Waffle Weave Towel Project

Starting another project to learn the waffle weave pattern.  At the studio, I have been assigned to a wonderful teacher that I call the "Obi One Kanobi" of weaving.  She is a complex accomplished weaver, so needless to say my brain
is working overtime to keep up.  My project at the studio is waffle weave kitchen towels.  I am duplicating this home so I can practice what I learn on the same exact project.  Might end up with alot of towels, but they can always be used :-).


The colors for this project at home are an 8/2 Eggplant warp (not brave enough to bring more than one color for the warp yet).  Then am using a variegated 8/2 Mixed Berry for the weft.  So here it goes.....


Warping back to front with the raddle...mysterious device but sure organizes things well.



It spreads the threads out to start tensioning nice.  This is a very easy was to get your warp on the loom without alot of effort.




From the inside of the loom it starts to get busy again and in clumps but the next step is combing and tensioning each section out to start beaming (winding the warp on the back beam).