New cords

Not, alas, for the fly shuttle. I can’t find the right diameter of cord in the local hardware places, so I will have to order some online. I bought a hank of finer cord, hemmed and hawed about it for a bit, and decided to use it on the Varpapuu instead.

So the grotty cords (that’s for you, Katie) seen on 1st January…

2015 Varpapuu

…have been replaced thus:

Varpapuu new cords

I’ve arranged it so that cords don’t go through the holes in the apron rod any more, because I prefer to be able to slip off the outer loops when the warp is narrow. As I use this loom for demonstrating and sampling, the warp usually is pretty narrow.

I haven’t got much further with Actual Weaving, though I have started making a warp for the Megado and spent a lot of time tinkering with drafts of different kinds. My head is reeling from the quantity of email coming in re CW: more than two hundred messages in the last seven days. Whoa. But I am learning not to multi-task: when I go to the studio, I focus on studio things. And I have dusted off my special mug to help.

thinking mug

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6 Responses

  1. Sandra Rude

    The magic word is “delegate.” Do that, and you’ll be fine.

  2. Martha

    Love your mug! Hope CW doesn’t take all of your time. Do what Sandra says—delegate!

  3. Cally

    You want to be careful what you suggest, Sandra, when you are sitting there unable to weave…! But, yes, I am delegating just as fast as I can.

  4. Marlene Toerien

    Hi it strange to see your varpapuu I have 3 of them that works almost every day and I was priviliged to get to know the Kothes who designed the looms. They lived here in Pretoria.

  5. Kerstin

    Finer cord can be used double… too thick cannot be pared down.
    Be brave! (or use some carpet warp – as long as it lasts, it lasts. AND it is cheap!)

  6. Katie Lacewell

    Looks very nice and clean now. I like that you’re putting the rod through loops in the cords instead of threading through them. I like that, too.