In 1975 I was looking for a career that would fascinate me for the rest of my life. In a way, weaving chose me!
is this done front to back?thank you again for sharing your experience
Love it. So many good tips. I'm a crank and yank myself, but so nice to have another option. My hands get tired from yanking yarn!
Wow, you get through a lot of vinegar! I use milk bottles, which over here are now that kind of container. We get through a steady supply - my only difficulty is stopping Stuart from crushing them up for recycling before I have got to them!
thanks for this picture! I like to do a modified trapeze by tossing and weighting my warp over the rail into the lower level of my split level home.
I dress the loom back to front although I suppose you could do the same front to back. :)And yes, I've been going through a lot of vinegar the past few years as I've been dyeing silk and wool to re-sell. Vinegar from Costco is about the cheapest mordant around. I also prefer vinegar or bleach bottles to water or milk jugs because the plastic is much thicker. They can withstand a lot of battering without breaking. :)The weight of the bottles can apply more tension than I can by yanking, and my whiplash history prevents me from doing that sort of thing repeatedly anyway. :}Anyway you can suspend the warp works well!
I had considered this, but I thought the bottles sliding on carpet wouldn't put enough tension on the warp. I'm assuming that isn't a problem? What about having one bottle suspended from a beam and another on the floor like you have?
The photo shows how high up I pull the bottles before I let them down again. So one bottle has been moved down, the other was moved down after I took the photo.Would have been better if I'd done a video, but didn't think to bring my video camera. :)
Laura, how do you tie them on to the threads?
Erm - I attach one loop to the bottle and another to the warp chain, I mean, and use an S hook to attach them.
An alternate method: I make a lark's head with the "free" loop (coming from the weight) and instead draw a loop of the warp chain through that. (In case you get nervous about putting an S hook in the chain - as I would do... :-)
I don't put the S hook in the chain itself but use a lark's head to surround the chain and put the S hook into that. The S hook joins the loop on the bottle and the loop around the chain. Should not try to think and type before coffee........otoh, perhaps a video is called for? I've got photos on my website on the Warping Valet page which should explain it a lot more clearly.Cheers,Laura
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