I have been working and preparing for doing this piece of weaving for over a year. I was able to finally begin weaving August 9.
The hot muggy August heat doesn’t encourage me to weave. I usually have been weaving mornings and evenings.
It took two tries to get the warp on the loom. I tried at first to go around 2 nail pegs, but that didn’t seem to work well. The resulting warp sett was too far apart but might have been ok if my handspun yarn was thicker or if I had doubled up on the warp.
I hate having to double my yarns though. It makes the weaving go much more slowly because each pass you make with the weft you must constantly fight the warp to keep it from twisting so much.
Doubled or trebled yarns do not matter so much in tapestry because none of the warp would show; it would be a weft faced weave in that all of the weft would cover the warp.
But in this type of weaving that I am doing for fabric to wear, much of the warp will show.
So I had to change the way I warped up the loom. I went back and forth up and down the length of the loom with just 1 strand of my 3 ply semi-worsted yarn around each single nail peg.
I also found I had to stop to change the settings on my loom for the long sides to the next hole out. That allowed me more yardage since I was finding the warp was much more stretchy than I thought it would be; Romney isn’t normally quite that stretchy, but I suspect that might be due to the fact that I had gotten finer shearling fleeces instead of fleeces from adult sheep. The extra stretchiness will make it relax and pull in when the weaving is taken off the loom. And I can tell the take up effect is already making the yarn stretch tighter.
I had to go back inside at one point during warping because of the heat. That was ok since I had to wind the more colorful warp into center pull balls on my ball winder.
I wound a marled yarn color of 1 skein each. I knew I would not use up as much of the marled gold as I would the other colors. So I started with the smaller bits of gold skeins, created from the yarn left on the bobbins toward the end of plying two big skeins of the other 3 colors. This winding interlude also gave me some ideas on how I could plan the basics of my desired vertical striping and thier sequencing.
I am so glad I am a weaver! Vertical striping is much easier to do sucessfully with weaving than it is with knitting or crocheting.
I want to emphasize my height rather than my great girth. Vertical stripes will help me do that. The dyed colors of the stripes of marled yarns will glow out against the natural darker brown gray colored wool.
The weaving was started the next day, August 10, with only 3 full shots when I was interrupted by a family member. She needed help with finishing up cleaning out her garage that somone else set on fire. I knew it would suck up the rest of my day and felt fairly truculent that I had to carry the big awkward loom back in the house along with the loom stand.
After working so hard in the heat for a few hours, my feet were throbbing as though they were on fire. I was exhausted from the heat. I couldn’t weave until the next day, Saturday August 11. I gave up going to 2 social things that I had scheduled. I decided that if Christ came back that day, He was just gonna have to wait while I finished up this piece of weaving!
Yeah I know, these pictures are kinda dark. Either I have blnding glare or I am in strong shade for pictures on looms on my front porch.
I got a brighter picture inside the house with the loom leaning up awkwardly against a wall.
Hopefully, I will get more woven today. By 3pm it will only be 90*F. That isn’t as bad as it could be. I have cold ice water to drink as it melts from the freezer and from cold bottled water sitting in the fridge.