Between the time I decided to do this project and the time I actually started measuring the warp, I came across Madelyn van der Hoogt's video on Warping Your Loom. Warping the loom is right up there with visiting the dentist in my book. I love it after I'm done, but I'm not fond of the process. I've been debating getting this video since it came out, and I finally decided to give it a go. I got the download version - possibly not the best idea as it's a l-o-n-g download and you don't have any menu or chapter select options. But it's as close to instant gratification as a long download can be. I watched the first part of the first DVD.
Holy cow! I have SO been doing things wrong all these years. My excuse is that I'm self-taught. So I decided to watch the video through again and use her methods. I admit, I approached it with a little trepedation, but I stuck with it and in the end? A perfectly wound and tensioned warp and no tense me! Warping has never gone so smoothly. But that wasn't the only surprise.
|Viking Towels on the Loom|
As I sat down to throw the first shots, I did things as tentatively as I always do. Open the shed, unwind some thread from the bobbin, throw the shuttle, catch the shuttle (this will become inportant later), fiddle with the selvedges, beat and change sheds in one smooth motion. Using the first few inches to get used to how much to beat, I discovered that this pattern needs quite a bit of force to pack the weft. That's not unusual - that's why they call it a beater. However, something compelled me to try to see how smoothly and quickly I could actually weave. This is a tight weave that can take some abuse. So I did. And, lo and behold, it turns out that I don't need to be tentative at all. I can see where a different shuttle design might be a good idea, but my shuttles work and I have them! This project is just flying along, which delights me!
Oh, the thing about catching the shuttle? It happened this afternoon. I was weaving along when I threw the shuttle with my left hand and, thinking about something else no doubt, forgot to get my right hand up in time to catch it. The poor shuttle came flying out of the shed, past the loom and hit the wall. Fortunately, nothing seems any the worse for wear, but I obviously need to be paying more attention!
|Viking Weave Detail|
|Linda's Finished Shawl|