Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Tricky Bit

It's beginning to come back to me - how much extra work and how fiddly working with two warp layers is. :)

The above photo shows the first warp all beamed, and the second (upper) warp nearly beamed. I put plastic over the bottom warp beam just to make sure that nothing gets caught on the rakes of the lower beam.

Once both warps are beamed, I start by positioning the lower warp ready for threading. All the bouts are taped to a long stick which then gets taped to the loom just behind the shafts at the bottom with sufficient slack for easy threading. This is my 'normal' position for threading a warp.

Then all the bouts for the upper warp are transferred onto another long stick after putting the plastic back over the bottom beam and the bottom warp.

The second (upper) warp is then suspended from long string loops attached to the top of the loom frame.

I've left the upper stick angled so you can see the two warps, one above the other.

Then I started threading. And remembered another 'trick' about working with two layers of warp.

Do NOT wrap the bouts or any part of any bout around either the other layer or other ends in the same bout!

I don't know if you can see it in this photo, but I keep the tape holding the bottom ends taped to the bottom of the shaft while the tape holding ends from the upper ends is taped to the top of the shafts.

This requires a certain amount of 'contortion' on my part, but helps to remind me not to get the ends wrapped around each other.

I'd hoped to be able to thread several ends at a time as is my usual approach to threading, but in the end decided that it was going to be a lot faster in the long run to thread one fat thread, then two skinny ones, tie them in a slip knot, then do the next three ends. Slower by the end, faster by the project.


Delighted Hands said...

Amazing........confusing, too, but still amazing to think through all those ends!

barbara said...

Hi Laura,
I look at the double warp beam, and see all those fine threads; then say to myself "not in my lifetime". I find your projects so very interesting. You sure do tackle weaving projects that many of us only dream about. Hopefully the sun is out in the West. We have had about 10 days of wet, soggy weather, but starting to clear. Weaverly yours ....... Barbara

Laura said...

There aren't all that many ends - just 24 epi (8 chenille, 16 bamboo). I've done DPW many years ago, so am familiar with it, just rusty.

The chenille has been hanging around for far too long - it's not 100% rayon, but a rayon/acrylic blend, and 1300 ypp so I didn't want to use it with my standard inventory of 1450 rayon chenille. So this project was a good way to use up a bunch of the spools I bought at a really really low price.

Frankly if it hadn't turned out, I was willing to cut the whole thing off the loom and toss into the recycle bucket, but so far it looks like it's going to work. :D