• Weekend update – weaving, cats, and Deborah Chandler saves the day

    I am playing with my “new-to-me” Gilmore floor loom this weekend. It has 8 shafts, but I am only using 4.  I bought worsted weight Sugar and Cream cotton in a bunch of colors, and warped from back to front, as you are supposed to with a separator beam.  I didn’t like it much, there has to be a better way to do this.  I put on a Rosepath threading, and used a few treadling tie-ups and drafts to make “pictures”.  It was fun, and mildly successful.  We will see after washing – when the fibers settle into place.

    I put on a second warp, going from front to back, this time.  It came out beautifully!  Then I sat down to weave and couldn’t get a proper shed.  I checked the tie-ups.  I checked the heddles.  All OK.  So I went to my oracle, Deborah Chandler’s “Learning to Weave”.  Under “can’t get a shed” – she says (honest to God) “You forgot to put up the back beam before winding the warp”.  I went to the loom to look, and of course that was it.  Thank you, Deborah!  I had to unwind, put the beam back, and wind it again, so it isn’t as pretty as the first try.  But it works.

    The weft is a Muppet yarn that Laura Farson gave me when I started to weave.  I am making mats for the loom bench and my piano bench.  Jasmine thinks I am making cat beds, and that works for me, too.  Anything to get her off the actual loom!

    Muppet yarn for weft, Sugar and cream cotton warp

    Muppet yarn for weft, Sugar and cream cotton warp

    I turn my back, and Jasmine got up on the front beam!  Seriously?  Is that a comfy spot?

    I turn my back, and Jasmine got up on the front beam! Seriously? Is that a comfy spot?

    Jasmine is supervising as I spread out the 4 yds of cloth

    Jasmine is supervising as I spread out the 4 yds of cloth

    finishing the warp!  First finished cloth from the Gilmore floor loom.

    finishing the warp! First finished cloth from the Gilmore floor loom.

    The black cotton is Sugar and cream, the gray is scrap boucle.  Pattern is Rosepath, and I threw some Plain weave stripes in there, too.

    The black cotton is Sugar and cream, the gray is scrap boucle. Pattern is Rosepath, and I threw some Plain weave stripes in there, too.

    These are supposed to be tulips.  Hmm.  We will see, after finishing.

    These are supposed to be tulips. Hmm. We will see, after finishing.

    This is "Lavendar".  I can see this one, if I squint!

    This is “Lavendar”. I can see this one, if I squint!

    Jasmine was lying on this, which is the "Daisy" treadling.

    Jasmine was lying on this, which is the “Daisy” treadling.

    First warp - done back to front.  This is suggested for a separator beam, but I don't like it as well as front to back.

    First warp – done back to front. This is suggested for a separator beam, but I don’t like it as well as front to back.

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