Friday, May 25, 2018

Getting Closer

The guild challenge warp is closer to the point at which weaving can begin. The threading is completed; it took a long time to accomplish, as did the sleying. Six ends per dent in a 12-dent reed (two ends each of three values of blue) in a difficult design is slow going! Here's a peek at the threading:
There are lots of places where the three warp colors are very close together (in terms of shaft number), which makes it difficult to get the color order and the shaft order correct. This is where most prep errors are made (at least, in my studio) so I prefer to take my time and get it right the first time. Speed isn't always a good thing. Also, I am inclined to take advantage of the "treadle the threading" method to let the computer pick the next shaft to be threaded.

In any case (fingers and toes crossed), I'm ready to lash the warp onto the apron, adjust tension as needed, and start weaving! Here's the sleyed warp. Pretty dull colorwise, so the spice will be in the weft. Some bright purple, perhaps? The first two or three pieces should use the challenge colors, but then I can go wild. Maybe bright orange?

Stay tuned! There will be more news forthwith.

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