Lots of people responded with encouraging tips on how to proceed using a reed that is too small for my loom, so I have barged ahead. Here’s the chunky, bobbly warp…
…and here it is all threaded, sleyed etc using the 6 dpi reed.
I know you can see the ends of the reed quite clearly, but I marked them with yellow arrows to compare with the following picture of the full-size reed. It also aids comparison with the size of a seven-year-old male cat.
In fact I seem to have had a brainstorm of some kind, because the smaller reed is not 12″ as I said before, but 16″. That means there are only an additional 5½ empty inches each side and it seems to be very stable. The beater has a big central handle which is easy to grab and helps to keep me beating straight. Nonetheless, it does have the scope to twist a bit if I’m not careful and my main concern would be that the shorter reed might not provide enough rigidity to counteract that. So far, so good, however.
This is intended to be another echo weave art piece. Where Lava Flow was Earth + Fire, this is Shoreline, i.e. Earth + Water. I am planning to use a clasped weft — I have a blue & white slubby silk/cotton blend for the sea and a plain beige cotton for the sand — and to follow the curves of the design like waves if I can. At the moment, though, I am just practising… and am having to work hard simply to keep my twill advancing in any kind of order. There’s a completely different rhythm to the clasped weft, and I also miss my usual signpost: “the shuttle is in my right hand and so the next pick must be an odd one.”
Here’s the first little bit of sampling.
If you peer, you may be able to see the colour change! Of course, I want the outline of the shape to be visible across a room; I’ll need to weave rather more, and rather more accurately, before I’ll be able to test the success of that plan.
One place where striking patterns are very visible is through the windows along the front of our house. It is the Time of Roof Repair and Maintenance, and we are completely enveloped in scaffolding.