Tuesday, March 18, 2008

New to Me

I'm kind of a Luddite sometimes, slow to adopt change or new technology. In the case of weaving, something I never tried before now is to tie new warp threads onto already-threaded warp, from the last weaving, and beam up a new warp without having to rethread all those heddles. I suspect most weavers have been doing this for a long time, as it's a keen way to put more warp onto the loom without the task of rethreading the loom. Of course, this only works if the old threading will suffice for the new weavings. In my case, this time it did.

Here we see the new grape silk warp being tied onto the old green/gold silk warp. I was amazed at how easily those tiny overhand knots slipped through the heddle eyes without a hitch. I think I'll definitely be trying this technique again in the future. It saved time in my not having to rethread the heddles, it also saved wear and tear on my back!

And here's that luscious grape warp -- hand dyed, handspun bombyx silk -- in chains at the foot of the loom.

This warp should weave up quickly. The first of two pieces is being woven with a weft of hand dyed, handspun bombyx hankies. As with my other recent pieces, I'm loving the interplay of two hand dyed silks together, plus the nubs inherent in the hanky yarn.

I'm hoping to get in some good loom time today, although I have other things that need to be done, first. Sometimes getting to weave at the end of the day is my reward for having a productive day, otherwise.

Enjoy your day!


Taueret said...

what a great tip, thank you!

Sweet Irene said...

Weaving at the end of the day must be like sending up prayers to the gods. Each time the shuttle goes through is another prayer.

Connie Rose said...

I hadn't thought of it that way, Irene, but I will now. What a great idea -- a prayer with every pick...Thanks!

Peg in South Carolina said...

Absolutely gorgeous! What are the wpi of your yarns? I have been spinning wool, but you are tempting me to get back to spinning silk for weaving.

Connie Rose said...

Hi Peg,
I'm using a very open weave for these pieces, 20 epi and probably 20 wpi ("open" for this fine yarn). Normally with this yarn I've warped at anywhere between 24 and 36 epi, depending. The really fine 2-ply handspun silks work wonderfully for warp. I've never had any real problems, other than that silk threads, rubbed together, often create those little puffs that bind two or more threads together and have to be removed by hand. Commercial 20/2 does that often, as well.

Glad you stopped by and hope to see you again. Thanks for your weaving blog, too!

Meg in Nelson said...

Hello, Connie, thank you for the link. Did you know that Nelson and Eureka are sister cities?

Connie Rose said...

Hi Meg, yep, I do know Nelson and Eureka are sister cities. A few months ago, Ann & Bob Phillips, Nelson woodworkers, were in Eureka and gave a workshop on Mastering the Craft Business at our local Small Business Dev't Center. I really loved their talk and their energy!