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April 17, 2021 at 12:44 pm in reply to: What do you have on your loom? Share your FOs & WIPs #208966
Greetings from England. I love this thread; it’s so uplifting and joyous.
I’ve just finished an order for a Log Cabin scarf in black and blue Tencel with flashes of tomato red silk. But, I forgot to take a photo of it before I packed and sent it away.
So here’s a couple of photos of the remaining 2m of warp, where I substituted some of the black ends with orange silk using Jane’s very effective technique with empty yarn cones (thank you Jane). I have only just started weaving the scarf.
I really like the minute detail of log cabin when fine yarns are used. In this case 20/2 silk and 14/2 Tencel. Sett at 8 epcm, after washing and pressing the fabric has a lovely soft and silk drape which is just right for a luxurious scarf.
Best wishes everyone
Thanks Sandra. You may be right about the uneven tension on the warp. I am using a small Ashford warping mill, and it seems to me that the design of it is bound to introduce uneven tension as the ends build up along the pegs during winding. To overcome this I normally make my warps in two or more separate sections, but I didn’t this time because there were only 288 ends (36cm).
I also tend to weave with a tight warp because I find that the Megado moving breast beam gives me a very soft shed. In fact I’m now thinking that perhaps I’m not adjusting the settings on that, so am putting too much tension on manually. I’m going to investigate that as I think it might be the real source of my problem.
The other thing worth noting is that I re-watched Jane’s video about weaving log cabin, and adopted her technique of pulling a little on each weft pick before throwing the shuttle to take up any slack. That does make a noticeable improvement to the selvedges.
Anyway, the scarf is off the loom now and is just drying after washing. It looks really good.
thank you ago. This forum is invaluable!
Thank you Sandra and Ginette. I have made the warp now and it wasn’t as tricky as I’d expected.
In my warp draft there are 10 places where I needed a double black. Winding the warp with two threads – one blue, one black, I just had to switch which colour came first in my hand when I needed to have 2 blacks together. This worked for 6 of the places for a double black, and only 4 places where I needed to knot in and wind two blacks together.
It’s hard to explain but I worked it out on paper first which helped me spot a simple way to do it. Log cabin is a super colour and weave technique, but it can be a bit mind boggling when you want to play with lots of blocks whilst maintaining the symmetry.
The stool I have is 75cm high. It’s called a counter stool so lower than a bar stool.
Here’s the stool I use now.
When I bought my Louet Megado loom I bought the weaving bench too. I used it for a few months but found it quite uncomfortable and hard and I kept sliding forward onto the breast beam, despite adjusting the angle of the seat. Eventually I gave up and now use a shaped counter top stool which is perfect. It expect that’s not what you wanted to hear but perhaps yours will suit you better. I’m only 5ft 2inches talk so that’s maybe why the bench didn’t suit me.February 8, 2021 at 4:15 am in reply to: What do you have on your loom? Share your FOs & WIPs #195964
I’ve just finished weaving two big double weave scarves; one for my artist daughter who likes bold patterns. It’s woven in 20/2nm spun silk and 18/2nm tencel, set at 12 ends per cm, with 12 picks per cm. Once washed, the weave closes up nicely to form solid blocks of colour and it has a lovely weight and drape. The whole pattern was set up beforehand in Fiberworks using a profile draft, which was then converted to a lift plan using Block Substitution. I have only just discovered that function and it’s a real boon.
Warm wishes to all
This is the video I found on the web, which is for 4 or 5 threads at a time. For my project I was making my warp from 3cm blocks (72 ends per block) of alternating colours. So I simply tied on the new pair of threads when changing colours for the next block.
However, the technique of holding the threads is the same for 2, 3, 4, 5 threads.
I hope it helps! She is called Melissa Weaver-Dunning
Thank you again Ed. I found a video demonstration of someone doing just that, and although it initially looks complicated, I can see exactly how it works, so will try that next time I warp up.
Thanks ED. I have a theory, as yet unproven, that if I arrange the threads (in this case only 2) so that one passes between my little and fourth finger, and the other between my fourth and middle fingers, and I keep them in the correct order while I make the warp, they will remain in the same correct order throughout the whole length of the warp, without twisting. I have just made my double weave warp this way and threaded the heddles, and it looks as if I am right, but I will only know once I start weaving. The threads were in pairs in the lease sticks but I didn’t fuss about it as they just seemed to present in the correct order most of the time.
So if that works for 2 threads, it should work for 4 as long as each thread is passed between the same two fingers while making the warp.
I’ll let you know.
Thank you Sandra. I’ve looked at Bonnie Inouye’s website and might order her book.
I haven’t had this experience before but if your warp beam is wide enough could you just wind it on with the correct number of ends. Then thread the correct number of ends through the shafts and them to your cloth beam. Then before you remove the lease sticks, tie threads through the cross of the extra threads so you don’t lose it, and as you weave leave these ends loose at the back beam and gradually chain the extra warp so you can perhaps use it again.
I really appreciate the information you’ve provided. I have made the warp and am now threading the shafts. I was relieved to see that the suggestion for the edges is exactly what I am doing. I’ve made the edges a little wider. I’m actually doing a 4 colour design. I found an excellent article by Lilian Whipple on Weavezine which explains how to do it in detail, with the weave drafts and lift plans. She calls it Summer and Winter Polychrome and Taquete. I don’t think it’s quite what I want but I though it was worth mastering and experimenting with. I suspect I should be doing Lampas to get the effect I want but I don’t have the right yarns in the right thickness to do that right now, and I’m unsure whether I need a second beam. I only bought one with my Megado.
Thank you for telling me about Jennifer Moore. My goodness her work is stunning, like stained glass windows. I shall certainly treat myself to a copy of her book.
Your story of the sequins falling out of their pockets was quite sweet. It’s only by trying things that we learn. I will let you know how I get on with my current project. I should be ready to start weaving tomorrow.
MaryMarch 27, 2020 at 2:33 pm in reply to: Help needed – Problem making a warp with 2 threads at a time #160613
I thought you’d like to see the end result. Thanks again
ps – that’s my husband
I’ve put the shawl on hold until after I’ve done an experiment with ‘summer and winter’. I am intending to weave a graphic pattern to go in a frame – not something I’ve done before. I’ve worked out how to draft it in blocks and have set it up the draft and lift plans using Fiberworks, so I know it works in theory!
My question is about the selvedges – what would you recommend? Plain weave? Doubling the two ends at the edges?