Thursday, March 29, 2012

Details, Details

lease sticks between breast beam and warping valet - I push them up as high as possible and then roll the warp onto the back beam until the sticks reach the breast beam, re-hang the weights lower down the warp chain, push the lease sticks up again, and repeat until warp is beamed

I think that sometimes people get frustrated with lease sticks because they attach them too close together, in effect crimping the warp threads so that they can't move/slide easily.  My rule of thumb (finger?) is to secure them so that they are about a generous finger's width apart.

There are many ways this can be done.  I use masking tape because it works for me, but other people have made various gizmos or used 'found' objects.  For example - the rings that open and close that some of us used in high school to keep papers together.  I've seen foam cut into brackets to hold the sticks, and small wooden blocks to do the same job.

Ultimately it doesn't matter what you use so long as the sticks are held in place securely with about 3/4" to 1" space between them.

Currently reading Jane and the Canterbury Tale by Stephanie Barron


Benita said...

Odd, I am currently listening to The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer as translated by Burton Raffel.

How tall does your ceiling have to be to effectively use a trapese? Mine are 8' and I don't know if they are tall enough.

Laura said...

I have a low ceiling so Doug installed brackets into the ceiling but others have rigged up hooks on chains or braces that fit into their loom. Kati Meek's book Dance with your Loom shows various ways you can accomplish the same thing. :)


Kerstin på Spinnhuset said...

which is why this ( ) is the BEST way to secure lease sticks (ie separately)! (IMO, of course ;-)