Friday, November 27, 2009

Glad It's Friday!

I feel like I just finished a tough work week - except that it was more of a tough loom week (or two).

You guys gave me great advice about highlighting the beauty of my wild warp. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your knowledge and ideas with me! I really, really appreciate it!!

Putting that advice into practice was quite the process!

First, since lots of suggestions had to do with weft choices, I dug through my stash and pulled out anything I thought might help. Or yarns that just seemed fun to try.

Then I had to do a lot of work with Texsolv. The loom had 2 shafts on it, and the remaining Texsolv for the other 10 shafts was either washed but tangled up, or quite dirty.

I sorted and straightened and washed. (Our washing machine broke during this time, so I had to wait to have a working washer.)

I did notice that an apron cloth is pretty cool because you can set things on it.

Plus, these kitchen clips are very useful around a loom. I might have to liberate a few more of them from our kitchen.

I spent some quality time inside my loom adding two more lamms, and connecting everything.

Narrowed down my yarn choices to my top contenders.

Re-threaded and re-sleyed so I'd have a straight draw instead of plain weave.

Plus, moved the left selvedge since that yarn had already abraded enough to break.

Added floating selvedges and an extra strand of warp so that the straight draw would be balanced instead of ending on shaft 3.

Finally, this afternoon, I did my first sampling. No home runs....I made some decisions at the loom that I still need to sit with and mull over.

I think I need to sample a little more too, when I'm more analytical and less tired.

Then I'll make decisions and let you know what I'm thinking - in case you can help me avert disaster!! I will say that both Jim and I have a favorite - it's the same favorite - and it's kind of shocking to me.

I need to mull it over more though. I hope it will all seem clearer in the light of day tomorrow.

I swear, if I hadn't eaten a giant amount yesterday, tonight would be the perfect night to go out for Mexican food and margaritas. It's just been that kind of week.

Hope you're heading into a relaxing weekend too!

This project so far:
Asking for help designing in the reed
Project kickoff
Designing in the reed
Asking for help showing off the warp


Anonymous said...

I like the stripes! Evelyn

weaver said...

I like the weft that falls between the two red stripes. What do you favor so far?

Sharon said...

Wow! That doesn't look to me like anything like heading to a relaxing weekend. Phew - what's next?!

Theresa said...

I'm with weaver, I like the looks of the dark weft between the red stripes. The biggify didn't enlarge quite enough to really get a detailed view but the darker wefts certainly allowed the mixed warp to be seen better.
Getting those two harnesses on certainly was a whole heap of work. but it looks great and you have just opened up your weaving world to endless possibilities with 4 shafts. I've seen the aprons on a Toika and they are made of a wonderful linen like blend. Very nice and much less stretch than the canvas ones.

Delighted Hands said...

Darker weft wins with me, too.

charlotte said...

You have done an awful lot of work! I like the colors you're working with, thank you for a very interresting post.

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

I just stumbled upon your blog. I'll have to share it with my mother who's an avid weaver. She'll enjoy reading it.

Leigh said...

Oh yes, lovely warp! And lovely sampling. Makes me look forward to getting my own loom in use once again.

bspinner said...

Love your warp. Looks like you've had a very busy weekend.

Jennifer said...

What a great way to spend the Friday after Thanksgiving! The warp is beautiful - keep at it - even if you just getting singles or doubles without home runs!