Sunday, September 14, 2008

Oh What Hilarity, This Weaving - Part 2

WARNING: THERE IS STILL ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IN THIS SERIES OF POSTS WHICH WILL ASSIST YOU IN GAINING KNOWLEDGE OF ANY SORT WHATSOEVER... BUT YOU ARE ALLOWED TO LAUGH, OR CRY.


(Please excuse the mess.) So, next, the raddle; I got out my smaller, handmade (by moi) one, which is a little over meter long. That's ok, most of it can extend towards the wall. I'm weaving at 15 EPI, but wait, what is this, metric? That's good, 15 EPI is 6 EPcm, and because this warp is in two colors, this is easier. But wait, the gaps are slightly wider than a centimeter. Whoa!

WHO ON EARTH MAKES A RADDLE WITH NAILS EVERY HALF AN INCH?? That's 7.5 EP0.5I. What I want is 30 ends every 2 inches, so..... 6-8-8-8. Gooooooodness-me.

This table loom has two warp beams; something Ronette urges me to use to extend my weaving repertoire. In this instance, though, because my cashmere is gently spun and I wanted a bit of distance between the heddles and the back beam, I took out the cords in the second warp beam, wound the warp over the back beam and around the second warp beam, then made a U-ie and on to the first warp beam below the back beam, to extend the "flat" part. Above, I've brought the cross to the back of the loom, ready to thread.

But it was a little too dark to start threading, so I went looking for a reed. The reed which came with the loom is rusted in parts, and would chew up the cashmere quickly, so I looked for my short 5 DPI reed, remembered I didn't own one, knew the 15 DPI reed is in use, so found the 10 DPI reed. I can handle sleying 1-2-1-2.

4 comments:

  1. Heee - I'm loving this series. Thanks for sharing.

    Nice kitchen!

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  2. It wasn't that I tried, but somehow I managed to leave all the mess in the kitchen out of the picture. Yay!

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  3. It takes a special personality to remain so committed to your craft! I feel your exasperation!

    Dana xx

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  4. Dana, stubborn, mad or some such, I'm sure. I like a good challenge.

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