Weaving 4

Rethreaded.

Rethreaded.

After rethreading the heddles and double checking them, resleying the reed and double checking it, weaving some fat (linen) warps and checking the web, and weaving some medium (cotton single) and checking that…we are finally able to get going on the real weaving.

Tension

Tension can be good!

 Constance demonstrates the warp tensioned for weaving. If it is too loose, the shuttles snag in the warps.

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Weft Arc.

Weft Arc.

The weft goes in one thread at a time, and each thread is laid in with some slack in it. When you beat it down with the reed, it evens out along the spread, and if you don’t build in slack at this point the cloth will begin to draw in too tightly.

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Selvedge.

Selvedge.

At the edge you can see how the new colours are added…The ends are threaded around a warp edge and doubled back a short distance.  The doubling-back distance varies so that you don’t get a predictable pattern at the end.  The dangling weft ends are trimmed almost at the very end of the process…you don’t want to cut them at this point because the tension changes during weaving might cause them to pop out.

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Loose warps

Loose warps

Constance demonstrates how the warp tension is loosened after weaving for the day…neither the loom nor the cloth should sit under tension when the weaver is at rest.

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19 thoughts on “Weaving 4

  1. How fascinating – Making cloth out of string – Looks tedious, but Constance demonstrates each step perfectly. Thanks Constance for showing us how this is done.

  2. Pingback: Weaving 6 « Quimper Hittys

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