Kathleen Birch

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      One quick question–I’ve dressed my loom, tied it on and am ready to start weaving some towels. I followed the planning lessons so that’s all in order. I am using 8/4 cotton only because it’s what I have on hand (I have woven rag rugs for years and that’s all I’ve every used for the warp). I have purchased boat shuttles and have ski shuttles on hand (in addition to the big shuttles for rags…). I can’t wait to use my new bobbin winder and boat shuttles but worry that the 8/4 cotton is too thick to use a boat shuttle. I know nothing about boat shuttles so am just guessing at this point. Is a boat shuttle ok or will I have so little on it that I will have so many tails as I’m weaving? My alternative is a ski shuttle? I do have a couple of the flat shuttles that come with rigid heddle looms. What would be the recommendation. Can’t wait to finish these towels and then I’ll order some other cottons to weave more towels. Thanks.

      Kathleen Birch
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        I watched the warping videos several times before attempting to wind a warp on a table top warping mill–I’ve only warped onto sectional beams with a tension box before now. Wow! It was fun, had a little trouble with keeping an even tension on the cotton when I first started but remembered Jane speeding up her warping after showing us the details more slowly. Success! I now have the loom dressed and the warp tied on, ready to weave. Thanks so much for all the help.

        Kathleen Birch
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          Hi! I have scads of 8/4 cotton and 8/4 poly cotton around from warping for rag rugs. Will I be disappointed using that instead of 8/2 cotton? I am a beginner at weaving anything other than rag rugs so I’m thinking this would be stress-free weaving to use up the 8/4 I have around. I’m looking at the sett chart and would use 10 or 12 epi/ppi. I’m thinking the 10 epi/ppi make the softest? Also, should I stick with the all cotton 8/4? Because of availability of colors, I use cotton and poly cotton in my rug warps without any issue–is that a problem with tea towels? There is a slight difference in the size of the thread (the poly/cotton is a little thinner) so would I be ill advised to mix the cotton and poly cotton in one set of towels? I would have a better selection for colors if I can mix but can certainly make due if I just stick to all cotton. Thanks in advance. I am pretty much completely staying at home with the Covid19 thing and this is a great opportunity to spend hours with the guild. I am so grateful that you all are doing this.

          Kathleen Birch
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            I am so excited to get started! Since I’ve only woven rag rugs, I have ski shuttles and the bigger shuttles to hold the rag lengths. I am planning on buying Schacht open-back/bottom boat shuttles. What length would you recommend I start out with? I know I will expand my shuttle collection over time but would appreciate advice for the first few…and would I start with ordering maybe, three? Thanks!

            Kathleen Birch
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              Up to this point in my weaving I have done production weaving of rag rugs, first as an apprentice in a studio for several years and then on my own for several years. My floor looms (2 Cranbrook looms, a Union 36 loom and a Newcomb Studio loom) all have sectional beams so I have warped using a spool rack and tension box, winding the loom, section by section onto the warp beam. How do I accommodate the warping methods that I’m watching here? I am looking forward to having the option of warping smaller warps on my looms.

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