Over the weekend, I finally got over the looming dread of warping the loom. (Oh my goodness. Pun was not at all intended, but … hahaha.)
I don’t know why, but for some reason, when the loom is sitting empty, I feel like the prospect of warping is just too big to contemplate. Sort of like when the entire house is trashed, and it stays trashed because to start cleaning it is just too overwhelming to contemplate. (Yeah, sorta like right now…)
So I did what I do when the house is trashed. Make it small.
Tie onto the back beam and direct warp. (Following this “well duh” moment from the Yarn Harlot, I didn’t even bother with the warping peg, and just wrapped around a chair back. Why didn’t I think of this before?) Let it sit. Thread the heddle. Let it sit. Tie onto the front beam. Let it sit. Work on the tension. Let it sit. By the end of the day, the thing was warped and ready to go:
(Um, yeah. I can never get the paper to roll on to the back beam evenly. One day I’ll get it, but you know what? So far, it hasn’t made any difference in the finished things. Take that, perfectionism!)
From there, weaving’s a cinch. Have at it whenever you feel like it, and eventually you get a pretty thing.
Warp is Classic Elite Yarns Lush in Natural. Weft is alternating Lush in Porcelain Rose with some funky handspun BFL/Kid Mohair that was originally a Butterfly Girl Designs batt in Cloisonne II.
I’m doing the same as my last woven thing and making randomly spaced stripes. I like the texture of the BFL/Kid Mohair against the softness of the Lush, which is a 50/50 angora/wool blend.
Happy Weaving, Friends!