reading, threading, experimenting

In between bouts of feasting, I have managed to get the loom threaded and sleyed with my double cloth warp. Most of the ends are threaded on shafts 1 – 10: shafts 1 and 2 hold a plain weave layer, while shafts 3 – 10 hold a layer of echo weave. That makes for quite a dense warp, so there are a heck of a lot of ends even though it is 2/30 silk. There is a narrow second block threaded on shafts 11 – 16: twill on shafts 11 – 14 and more plain weave on shafts 15 and 16.

I tried to come up with a sett for each part which would allow me to use the same weft throughout, although I wasn’t sure what weft that would be. I rounded up a choice of three: the same 2/30 silk as in the warp, a very fine 2/90 silk and one in the middle, exact count unknown. I haven’t tried the very fine as the middling one (silver in the picture above) works perfectly.

Next I need to get the geometry of the piece right. I know what I think I want, but in practice? I will need to use two shuttles in some places to keep the layers separate, but for most of it I think one shuttle will do (sing hey for lazy weaving!) My plan is to make a small round drawstring bag so I have been playing at stitching together a cotton protoype – it has come out quite well, though I need to make the base a bit smaller.

My other preoccupation this holiday week has been to get stuck in to this pile of Christmas books. Don’t we have brilliant friends and relations?

reading, threading, experimenting” was posted by Cally on 30 Dec 2011 at

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  1. Julia
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    That’s a pretty warp! I’ve never really understood the concept of double weave, and the idea of more than 4 shafts makes my head hurt, but I’m sure all will become clear! By the way, your wavy socks are lovely – I forgot to mention that last time! Happy New Year!

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