July 1, 2011
I tried all kind of new skills today. I warped a circular warp on my new warp board. That little board works like a charm. I used a new method of lease sticks, also worked like a charm. I made three sheds, one plain weave, pebble one and then pebble 2. I only had one tiny mistake...two crossed warps in the same shed, fairly easy to fix compared to redoing the entire shed system. And here are the results.
Here is the new warp board with my circular warp on it. Please notice how straight the pegs/bolts are. Absolutely no leaning (which means consistent tension)! I warp tight too, so this is a wonderful wonderful thing!
Here you get to see my new 'lease sticks'. The metal rings make this so much easier than tying bow's with string. Less waste also. Another plus. These are just shuttles that I made years and years ago from Home Depot paint sticks. Free is good too.
Here you see that I am all warped up and ready to go. The lease sticks are now on their side and tied to one another. This keeps my plain shed wide open, very easy to get the sword inside. You also see string heddles on pebble shed one and pebble shed two.
I am tied onto the dresser, but once I am off and running my feet will brace the stick that the blue band is tied to. This is why I did the circular warp. It is actually twice as long as what you can see on the top. Now, when I have woven as far as I can reach, I will rotate the warp around so that I can weave some more. So I never have to roll up the woven part closest to me. This way when I want to I can brace the furthest bar with my feet and the warp never changes length. It just rotates around the bars. This makes me part of the loom and self sufficient. I won't need to try out what to tie up to a sturdy fixed object (it needs to very strong for those who are not aware), which can be difficult to find at times.
Here you get to see my nice clean shed!
Here you get to see the 'Pebbles'! My head is gonna bust I am so excited.