Saturday, June 28, 2014
warping up betty ... front to back
Once my cotton arrived, I couldn't wait to warp up Betty ... but I really didn't enjoy warping up back to front for my test warp. So I wondered if a floor loom could be warped up front to back, like I do my table loom? There wasn't much info online (as usual!), so I thought I'd wing it (again, as usual!).
I started on the front beam, warping up the reed first:
Then the heddles:
I did make a massive mistake as well ... I was wondering why I wasn't able to weave and couldn't get a proper shed ... then (after some time) I realised that I had forgotten to put the warp over the back beam before winding on. That wasted an hour or so, but I certainly won't be doing that again!
Here's the loom all warped up:
And my first bit of weaving! This is actually the first time I've done plain weaving, and it's pretty fun!
This will eventually be a cotton cowl for Lily, hopefully to be (eventually) included in my shop ... I say eventually because I need a new reed before I can sell these - this reed is bent out of shape, and has created some gaps in my weaving.
I also spent last weekend tapestry weaving - here's Anita tipped on her side ;)
Doing the face has been incredibly stressful! My tapestry technique is still not completely up to scratch, but it's getting better and better with every tapestry ... I just need years of practice!!
OK, better get on with warping up my table loom for the next scarf ;)