No surprise that this is slow going! However, my test piece was a help in trouble-shooting several things — the tie-up, for one, and the tension on the fine gold thread for another.
I wasn’t sure I could knot the gold thread around the apron rod, so I had lashed on instead. However, I had made my groups of ends from wool and gold together, which made it difficult to adjust. Silly idea, really, but I hadn’t kept them separate after I sleyed the reed and it seemed such a fiddle to separate them out again… and I had a vague idea I could adjust them when I had woven a scrap header. Uh-uh. Now they are in separate bundles and lashed on alternately, one bunch of wool ends then one bunch of gold ends. It’s a bit uneven — but, fortunately, it’s a forgiving method!
The main thing is that the result is a lovely even tension and the gold threads are all behaving themselves beautifully.
After washing, the white-on-white squares in my sample are much more visible. They are not noticeably more easy to photograph, however, so you may have to peer…
My treadling errors are all too visible, but I hope that there will be fewer now I have re-organised my treadles. I’ve made a start with a very simple design, using some of the handspun silk to make overlapping inlaid rectangles. I drew up a low tech chart and have taped it to the loom.
I’m working from bottom to top and ticking off the blocks as I go — each square is 6 ends/picks of wool. It looks like this:
I can’t see the gold at all in that picture, although it is the gold warp — which sits slightly higher than the ground warp — that is supporting the apparently-floating shuttles! From the side it glints in a very satisfactory manner.
I’m glad I decided against a scarf since I’m finding it difficult to keep the selvedges even. This is partly because of the three-end twill, which I am not quite used to, and partly because I am going so slowly. However, since I have allowed myself a nice wide edge to turn under, I won’t need to look at them.
In other news, I have finished the first brightly coloured twill medley and have a second warp ready to beam. I’m also really cheesed off with Google. I need to decide what to do, since they are seriously getting in the way of my enjoyment of other people’s blogs. Not that I have any power to do anything about that, but I could stop using some of their other services if I can identify suitable alternatives.