The last three days have been challenging for a number of reasons, and I found myself wallowing in procrastination, not wanting to do anything. So I watched a lot of tv and knitted or worked on a jigsaw puzzle. :(
Finally late this afternoon I gave myself a smack upside my head and told myself to Get Over It. I had managed to finish winding a warp Karena had started Monday and since the Fanny was empty, put it on today.
Decided to work with the flanges and warping valet again.
Here is the warp just entered into the loom and attached to the apron rod at the back. The choke tie is still in place. You can see the warp travels under the breast beam. Since on the Fanny the breast beam lifts off, I got Doug to secure it so that it was fixed. I don't need to remove it to thread, so leaving it fixed is not a problem for me.
And here is a close up of the water jug attached to the chain. I use a loop of heavy cord, lark's head it around the warp chain, then suspend the water jug from an 's' hook.
My studio has a fairly low ceiling so the warping valet is mounted to the ceiling with brackets. Doug joked today that it was a good thing the ceiling was so low or I wouldn't be able to reach the rod. I told him he would just have used longer brackets. :^)
Here is another view of the flange sticks. I did a better job of getting them aligned this time, and it didn't take me nearly so long. Practice makes perfect!
You can also just see the Purrington Angel Wings attached to the loom. After beaming, I transfer the cross and set the lease sticks into the Wings. Doug made me dowels as well as flat lease sticks, but I find I like the flat sticks better. It's easier for me to see the cross in order to select the next threads in their order.
You can't see the lease sticks in any of these photos. I leave them in front of the reed to help clear any tangles out and help with gauging how far I can wind before I clear the next length.
I did finally manage to thread, sley and tie on. I also hem stitched the first mat and wove a few inches, just to feel as though I'd accomplished something today. My mood is still low, but at least I've broken through the procrastination.
Maybe I can also finish transcribing WeaveCast episode 36. :)
Currently reading The Root of Wild Madder by Brian Murphy (I'll probably post a review when I've read it)