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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Something I've Never Done Before

With an AVL loom, and definitely with most other looms, when you cut off part of a warp, leaving some warp length still to be woven, you must tie on the remaining warp to the apron. Doesn't matter if that's a cloth apron, or a series of cords, the remaining warp has to be secured to the rod at the "front" end of the apron.

When I cut off 4 scarves of a warp for 5 scarves, the fifth was about half-way woven. Rather than take the time to tie it on to the apron, I just left the cloth dangling, making a puddle on the floor below the knee beam:


















I must confess to a frisson of anxiety. Would the sandpaper beam be up to the task of holding tension on the cloth? Would it slip? Would it ruin the cloth?

Thankfully, the sandpaper beam is up to the task! I don't think I would do this for an entire warp - for one thing, that puddle of woven cloth gets tangled under my feet, and many yards of puddled cloth really would be in the way. But I have more confidence in the process.

Scarf 5 is now woven, and cut off the loom. Which means I now have two naked looms. It won't be long, however, before the last bit of warp on the jacquard loom is tied back on and ready to weave, and a new warp beamed (yarns are all ready) on the dobby loom. I can't promise that any weaving will actually take place before the holidays, though. Still a lot of holiday prep on the to-do list...

4 comments:

Laura Fry said...

Living dangerously, eh?
:)
cheers,
Laura

Kerstin på Spinnhuset said...

I have seen a photo (but can't remember where - duh!) of production vadmal (I think - wool yardage, anyway) weavers with yards and yards of "puddled" cloth under the looms. Looked most untidy and difficult.
Anyway, this means you are continuing a "historic tradition" :-)

neki desu said...

don't think my faint heart could take that!

Cally said...

Wow, I'm impressed with that sandpaper beam, not to mention your nerves of steel!