Measuring the Warp

Thanks to loaned warping board (Thanks Mags!), I got the loom all set up and and started weaving on Saturday!!

Yarn selection

The loom came with a bunch of yarn cones, and I chose this neutral-toned mid-weight one (20 wraps-per-inch or wpis) as my first warp and chose an eggplant-colored thick-and-thin yarn for the weft.

Sleying the reed

Lacking a sley hook for getting the yarn through the reed, I improvised with an old club card, which worked really well.

The pattern appears

I wanted to step it up a bit from my first woven scarf, so I chose one of the example draw-downs from Deborah Chandler’s Learning to Weave. The hardest part was figuring out how to read the draw-down chart, after that the necessary threading and treadling is no more difficult than for a plain weave.

Point Twill

I’m working on getting a rhythm for treadling and beating, which is probably the most difficult part of the process for me at this point, but thus far, I’ve got about one foot of weaving done. I do think I may have made the sett (or spacing between the warp threads) too wide, but we’ll see once I take it off the loom (and wash it).

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