Sunday, June 21, 2009

Who's That Tapping?

So I had a little oopsie while beaming the tea towel warp. Well, more than one, but I'll only discuss one here!

One of the ends snagged on the S hook holding the water jug and broke about 2 yards from the end. Then I couldn't find the other end - no doubt buried in the beam - so I just let it be until after the warp was beamed and I started threading. The missing end was easy to find. I'd wound two ends (actually Karena wound this warp) so it was obvious where the missing end was when there was only one end instead of two in the cross.

Since I'm using the same thread as the weft for hems I just wound a full bobbin, threaded it where it should be, then after tying on suspended the bobbin from the warping valet. :) The repair end goes under the back beam - you can just see it at the back of the loom heading up toward the valet.

When the bobbin is hanging low enough it means that from time to time I feel it tapping on my shoulder. But it also means I don't have to get up to let more thread off as the warp is advancing. When the original end is long enough, I'll tie it back into the weaving and remove the bobbin, which can be used as weft for the hems.

What can I say? I'm lazy. :)

Just finished reading Cockeyed by Ryan Knighton and started The Empress of Mars by Kage Baker.


Delighted Hands said...

Lazy?! No, more like ingenious! I will sure I can use this repair idea!

Sharon Schulze said...

Clever - the bobbin taps you on the shoulder when it needs attention. Very, very clever. :-)

Katie said...

So, how do you keep the thread from spinning off the bobbin until the bobbin hits the floor?

Katie Lacewell - looking forward to seeing you in Lamar, Missouri in a few weeks!