Sunday, June 23, 2024



in process...

Yesterday I beamed the next warp and started threading it.  Last night I had a 'bad' night and finally gave up on trying to get some sleep, went down and finished the threading.  This warp is for samples, and the first samples will be on 18 epi.  Then I'll cut off and re-sley to 20 epi (which is the intended density for the rest of the warp.)

I don't much like re-sleying because all my neat bundles of groups of threads are gone and sleying takes longer, and is more prone to introducing sleying errors, but...needs must.

Sometimes ya just gotta do what ya gotta do.

I'm testing a theory that density will make a difference in a result.  I could take the word of the author who did this previously, but I'm always interested to do my own 'research', because change one thing and everything can change.

While I beamed and threaded yesterday, I also ran the 14 towels that came off the previous warp (once *those* samples were woven) through the washer/dryer.   They are now in a plastic bin waiting to be pressed.

Today will be prep work for the article, then pressing.  If I have spoons left after that, I will re-sley the warp and get it ready to be woven tomorrow.  The actual weaving of the first set of samples won't take more than about an hour and I'm keen to get these samples woven so I can begin the wet finishing.

I've worked out a form for documenting the results, and which samples I need.  Some will come from my rather copious sample 'stash' because I kept so many for teaching aids.  But I also feel I need to do the same experiment the previous author did, to see if I get the same results.

Because that is what 'science' is - running the same experiment and getting the same results.  Or, if not, trying to figure out why.  Because change one thing, and everything can change.  I won't be using the same yarns as they did, but I can follow their 'rules' of engagement and see if the principle holds.

It is something I've been telling weavers for a long time, now.  Change the density and change the nature of your cloth.  This time I'm not just doing that, I'm keeping records so that I can 'prove' the statement.

It seems like a 'worthy' thing to do with the rest of my life.  FAFO, but this time keep the receipts.

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