My next weaving project is once again going to be kitchen towels. This time, instead of buying a kit, I drove up to Fond du Lac, to The Woolgatherers Weaving Shop, and bought the materials needed. The pattern comes from the book, The Big Book Of Weaving, by Laila Lundell, which I bought when I bought my loom.
Here I have Don checking my numbers before I begin measuring out my warp. I also had to call the weaving shop because of some confusion when reading the pattern. It seems when the translation of the book was made from Swedish to English, a "repeat" bracket was left out, which gave me a different amount of warp ends than the patterns total showed.......a call to Sara and all was put right.
Here is the first half of my warp measured out. I didn't realize until I had measured this out that my colors were the University of Wisconsin's Bucky Badger colors. How slow can one be, eh?
Having Don home when I work on some fiber activity usually means I have more photos of the activity which include me in them. ;)
The second half of the warp measured out, tied and ready for attaching to the loom. I must say, too, how convenient it is to be able to clamp my warping frame to the back of the loom to measure out warp.
Here is the warp spread out across the warp beam. Pictured in the photo is my new raddle which Hans, from The Woolgatherers Weaving Shop, handcrafts and offers for sale.
This photo shows the raddle in its entirety. I am getting the tensioning device ready so that I can wind the warp onto the warp beam.
Winding has begun. I wind the warp and lay slats across the warp to keep it even, moving from the front of the loom to the back, as needed, feeding the warp through the tensioning device.
The warp almost completely wound on.......
I am separating the warp threads so that they cross over and under the lease sticks evenly, which will make threading the heddles easier.
This is as far as I have gotten on this weaving project. It has been sitting on the loom for over a week. I caught a chest cold, which I am happy to say is MUCH better, but I was too lethargic (those darn meds!) to sit down and work at the loom. I will soon be back to work.....