One of my projects this fall is to do some weaving. Part of this will be for a gift later this fall so I definitely needed to get started on this since I have to do my weaving in little bits at a time.
Of course, the cats find this all very entertaining. Below, Rory is right in the middle of all the action.
A couple of weeks ago, I planned out the project and did my calculations. It’s a 22″ wide 8-shaft twill pattern gamp out of 8/2 cotton. Translation: am using a neutral rosy beige somewhat fine cotton warp (lengthwise threads) that is being set up to weave a variety of patterns without changing the threading (time-consuming setup part), just change what my feet on the treadles are doing. By changing the treadling pattern and weft color (across threads on shuttle) I should be able to get several very different looking pieces of cloth out of the same set up.
This weekend I measured out all my threads (274 ends x 6 yards each) and prepared the warp chain (way of keeping everything neat and bundled to avoid tangles). I’ve started threading through the reed, one thread per dent (slot). The reed is what is moved back and forth to pack down the weft. I work in small groups of threads at a time since I sometimes only have a few minutes here and there, and even sitting right there, I don’t completely trust one of the cats not to jump up and accidentally pull threads out.
Below, I am half done threading the reed. The warp chain (larger bundle of threads) is wrapped loosely around the breast beam while I’m threading so its hanging weight won’t pull on threads as I’m working.
Below is a close-up of the reed and my very specialized tool (old plastic card) I use to thread through the reed. Notice the loose knots behind the reed. This way, even a cat jumping on the wrong thing, I won’t lose my work, just maybe a few minutes at the worst. Later, I’ll undo them when I’m ready for the next step (threading heddles for my pattern).