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I recently completed a Harrisville Shetland wool blanket in double weave at 12 epi. Then blanket finished wonderfully and was a joy to weave. The double weave warp meant that I had to wind on the warp at 24 epi through the raddle on my Louet Spring. This meant 4 ends per slot on the raddle, and the maximum width my Spring could handle- about 35 inches. The wool fought me every foot of the way and I broke 4 threads before finishing. The ends would catch each other at the front of the raddle and try to pull neighbors through the wrong slot. If I went to fast they would break. Obviously crowded ends…
I warp alone. I have had no problems warping cottolin and finer yarns onto the Spring using textbooks as weights, dragging the warp across the carpet. This warp was A LOT of wool.
Should I buy a new raddle with 1/2 inch slots and clamp it onto the top of the castle to give the ends more space? Is so, whose raddle should I buy? Ironically I just sold an Ashford raddle along with a table loom last month. Ugh.
I know what you mean! I actually kept my raddle when I passed on my fanny (my weaver friend had one already) and use it on my David loom when I’m using thicker yarns, it’s 45″ wide but I get it clamped on there! Jane talks about attaching a raddle on the top of the loom in the dressing your loom episode when you’re using thicker yarns and you need wider slots. Have you thought of building one?