My resolution to post more often direct from the studio using the WordPress app seems to be foundering. I’ve already mentioned some annoyance with the way the app works (or doesn’t) but it isn’t the only guilty party – I’ve made my own contribution by putting a great big loom on my desk.
That is it in situ, beyond the other clutter: it’s the new-to-me Varpapuu table loom and it is a fairly substantial object. I don’t have a stand for it, but constructing one might be the best solution. It needs to go somewhere and it can’t stay there! Except that for the short term it will be staying there…
I’m going to be using it for the next Taster Day in a week’s time so I needed to practice warping it up and make sure there weren’t any unexpected glitches. And since I needed to warp it, I thought I might as well weave some samples for future workshops while I was about it. I’m not being very quick, though.
One thing struck me about the Varpapuu, which is that both warp and cloth beams wind on in what I think of as a C-direction rather than an S-direction. You know what I mean? Where a cross-section through the back and warp beams would show the path of the yarn following a C or an S shaped path as it is wound on.
I have one other small table loom which has a C-direction warp beam, although the cloth beam is S, but otherwise all the makes and models of looms chez Cally are S-direction. Personally, I prefer an S as I find it much easier to pack the warp when beaming, but I don’t really know anything about it. Are there inherent reasons to favour one over the other?
One small benefit of the C-path cloth beam is that I can take squinty photos looking down at the cloth,
but I can’t say that’s a really big win!