Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Almost Done

The mixed yarn warp is getting close to completion. Today, the apron knots appeared on the top of the sectional beam. To my horror, I now see that I wound some sections one rotation too long. Oh, well, there'll be some wasted warp.

The roll of accumulated woven web is getting nice and thick. I think I have about 2 to 2.5 yards still to weave, and I can cut the warp off the loom.

I have several scarf warps in various stage of readiness, so no shortage of projects to be woven next on the dobby loom.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Recently on the Jacquard

Here are a couple of views of the jacquard piece that's now recently completed:

And after 900 picks more:

This is based on another of Connie Rose's paintings, with permission, of course.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Still Chugging Along

The mixed yarn warp is chugging along, albeit slowly. Partly because I tend to split my weaving time between the two looms, and partly because the warp consists of very slubby, nubby knitting yarn. It simply doesn't like making a clean shed (on two of the four possible sheds) unless I jiggle the beater before throwing the shuttle, which tends to clear the yarns that want to stick to their neighbors. But I'm sure that the cloth will be soft and highly textured after wet finishing, and the woven cloth is accumulating in a satisfyingly big roll at the back of the loom.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

$h!t Happens

On the jacquard loom, starting a new piece. I wove about an inch into the real weaving (after 1.5 inches of border), when forced to stop...

... because I noticed that two warp ends were being lifted much too far. The reason? A colossal case of jammed hooks. Two of 'em, near the front of module 2:

In the photo below, the topmost hook is a new, undamaged one. It's a length of straight steel wire, bent into a 1/3 - 2/3 configuration, then shaped into very small crooks at both ends. The tall end of the hook is sometimes (according to the design) caught by the upper knife; the short end rides on the lower knife (unless the tall end is lifted by the upper knife). The knife positions determine the "floor" and "roof" of the shed.

The lower two hooks are the jammed ones, which DH had to use wire cutters to remove, because they were bent so badly they couldn't be just lifted out. Fortunately, this happens only rarely. Also fortunately, we keep a good supply of spare hooks on hand.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

And Again...

This photo was taken when I had woven a few picks of the top border.

Next up: I haven't decided yet.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Scotland, Again

This photo was taken at about 700 picks. The colors are more true to life.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

January, Scotland

Some time ago, Callie Booker took some photos at a local reservoir in the Dundee, Scotland, area. I liked the images, and asked permission to weave some of them. The first one was woven in 2011, and since sold.

The second is now on the jacquard loom. Here's the original photo, after some cropping and reducing to 13 hues (some cream, some tan, some grey):

And here it is on the loom, at about the 300-pick point in the process:

The colors are more saturated in real life - but the camera didn't want to capture them... I'll try again tomorrow.