Monday, June 22, 2009
I'm setting up the AVL for an experimental warp for Diversified Plain Weave.
With DPW, you need two different warp threads - two very fine ends to every thick end. Since I'm beaming a 20 yard long warp, and the fine threads are very fine compared to the thick ones, it's much more sensible to beam them separately.
When I'm doing two warps, I usually beam the bottom warp first, then the top one.
My beams have 1" sections. There are times when I wish I had 2" sections in order to halve the time required to beam, but generally, 1" makes more sense for me.
I like to work with fine threads, and a 2" section would mean twice as many yarn packages, so twice as much spool winding (if I'm using spools) or buying twice as many tubes (which can get to be expensive).
My loom is old. It doesn't have a directional roller for the bottom beam - the warp just comes off the top of the actual beam, straight through the heddles to the front of the loom.
One of the things required before I could beam this warp was have Karena make a bunch more leader strings. :}
I'm about 2/3's done the fine warp, and hope to finish beaming and start threading tomorrow.