Weaving

Warps Unchained.

Warps Unchained.

Constance likes to help out with all the crafty projects in the house.  Another tea towel warp is going on the loom!  A friend wound the warp and chained it…now the loom has to get dressed!

Sitting on the back beam.

Sitting on the back beam.

The warp is tied to the back beam, and the warps spread through a raddle. Lease sticks go through the cross to keep the warps in order and make it easier to thread the heddles. Two people are needed to wind it onto the back beam – one person turns the beam crank and inserts the spacing sticks, the other person stands at the front and holds the warp under tension as it winds on. Constance admires the result!!

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Warps spread in the raddle.

Warps spread in the raddle.

This is what it looks like at the front, after the warp is on the back beam, and before the raddle is removed. Constance likes the loom – there are lots of places to perch.

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Threading the heddles.

Threading the heddles.

Getting the threads through the heddles is tedious, but not hard.  We just have to be able to count to four!

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Double-checking the warps in the heddles.

Double-checking the warps in the heddles.

Nevertheless, we double-check frequently.  If you make a mistake it is all to do again! That would be very tedious, as there are 378 warps… maybe we’ll triple check.

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18 thoughts on “Weaving

    • Thanks! It will be a while till they are done, there is a bit more loom-dressing to do, and then there are six potential tea Towels in this warp. Each will take a couple of hours to weave, and three different weavers will take a turn.

      • I love your stories and the idea of electrons turning into stories! Looks like a lot of fun at your house. Oh and a book of Constance and what she as seen and been a part of would be lovely!!

    • Little pieces of cloth are very versatile – some people use them for hand towels, little table mats, or antimacassars. I do like to see them being used, but I don’t usually give them to people who use them as floor cloths or pot holders.

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