warps and leeks

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Here’s a very quick update.

The first serious warp is beamed and ready for threading:

I daresay the colours will show up better when they are no longer in the shadow of the back beam…

And I also have a warp on my trusty sample loom, which has languished unused for over a year:

The story here is that I was asked to bring some table looms set up with sample warps to a guild meeting at the weekend. This one was all ready for double weave, but I couldn’t persuade anyone to try it!

Anyway, in the summer I signed up for the Complex Weavers Double Weave Study Group and at the moment there is some chat about deflected double weave which is a current project for some members. I made a half-hearted attempt at DDW a few years ago, but got a bit bogged down in the theory. Seeing this redundant warp made me decide to tackle it differently. I’m going to let my intuitive self have a go at DDW while my rational self gets on with other things.  I didn’t even plan a threading: I started in the middle with a six-end block in yellow and worked symmetrically outwards threading blocks of six or four ends as I felt like it, and occasionally discarding a few ends over the back of the loom so as to thin it out a bit. Then I resleyed it at 30 epi — it is cottolin and I had sleyed it at 40 epi for the original double cloth — and the blurry photo above is a few rows to check the threading and spread the warp.

Finally, here are the leeks:

These are not just any leeks, these are prizewinning leeks. They are each about a yard long with their topknots beautifully arranged and tied into shape. For some reason Stuart and I always find the veg competitions at the Flower & Food Festival absolutely riveting, even though the enntries look bizarre and barely edible. It is a subculture we can only gaze at in wonder. I find myself wondering what the gardeners would make of Convergence

warps and leeks” was posted by Cally on 6 Sept 2010 at http://callybooker.wordpress.com

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4 Responses

  1. Sandra Rude
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    Oh, come on… They’d love it! It’s all about presentation, after all. Tyeing up the tops of the veg is like twiddling fringe. All about the visuals.

  2. neki rivera
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    agree w Sandra, it’s about the visuals.lovely coiffed leeks.

  3. Life Looms Large
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    Good stuff (including the leeks!)

    Thanks so much for your double weave help over the weekend! And for making me investigate getting a second back beam in the process. (I didn’t know that there’s an add-on available for my loom, so I’m seriously thinking about it!)

    Sue

  4. laura
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    ooo – looks like a weaving to me – all those twill lines….. 😀

    cheers,
    Laura

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