Tuesday, November 30, 2010

No valet? No problem

I'm dressing the guild loom with a tea towel warp using a couple of vinegar bottles to provide tension during beaming. :)
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12 comments:

Ulrike said...

is this done front to back?

thank you again for sharing your experience

Anne-Marie said...

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!

Cally said...

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!

Nancy said...

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.

Laura said...

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!

Diane B said...

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?

Laura said...

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. :)

Maggie said...

Laura, how do you tie them on to the threads?

Laura said...
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Laura said...

Erm - I attach one loop to the bottle and another to the warp chain, I mean, and use an S hook to attach them.

Kerstin på Spinnhuset said...

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... :-)

Laura said...

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