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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Almost Finished Threading

I keep asking myself why this is taking so long. On the 24-shaft loom, threading goes pretty quickly.

Partly, it's because I've never had a loom with metal heddles before. All my looms have had Texsolv heddles, and the inserted-eye heddles just feel and behave differently.

Also, on a shaft loom, you can scoot the unthreaded heddles off to the side, out of the way, and just grab them as you need them. With the Jacquard, they're fixed; no room to scoot. Which makes it difficult sometimes to see if the thread is following the path it should, not going in front of something it ought to be behind.

Two and a half more modules are threaded. Only 48 warp ends to go when I ran out of steam - but that's at least 45 minutes of threading, checking, and rechecking. I chose dinner instead...

6 comments:

Laura said...

And low blood sugar can lead to distraction and - mistakes. Good choice! :)

Cheers,
Laura

neki desu said...

hip hip!! i'll toast to that tonight.

Alice said...

This must be one of the worst jobs in the studio. Be glad you don't have to do it often. How far apart are your heddles from frontmost to rearmost? Mine are 7". My back hurts just thinking about it. Dinner best choice.

Sandra Rude said...

Alice wants to know how far it is from front heddle to rearmost heddle. Now that I've rotated the modules into the position they need to be for proper sett, just over 16 inches. In threading orientation a bit less; maybe 14.5 inches? A LOOOONG reach, and a bit farther to the lease sticks. Thankfully I'm tall.

Alice said...

A VERY long reach. This might be a two-person job for weavers less height challenged than you!

Alice said...

What I meant to say was MORE height challenged than you. :-)