Warping for plain weave workshop

Last week, I received my warp for the upcoming Jane Stafford workshop and have just started warping the table loom in preparation. I’m going to be using a Schacht 15″ 4-shaft table loom and have started warping from front to back. The warp is destined to be “plain weave with supplementary warp” and came all nicely chained up in a bag with detailed instructions and weft yarns. Looks like most of the yarn is 2/14 linen and 3/30 linen sett at 12 epi. I’ve never worked with linen before, so this is a completely new experience for me. So far, I’ve discovered that linen has a mind of its own.

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Delicately coloured warp threads
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Warping front to back with lease sticks
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Threading the heddles from the back of the loom

I’m pretty sure linen likes to be warped from back to front, but I don’t own a raddle and my efforts to make my own raddle from a piece of plywood and spare nails have been delayed… because I need nails, or can’t find my hammer, or some such fuss. Besides, I like sorting out the warp threads and colours first and making sure that it’s all correct before everything gets wound onto the back beam.

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Messy, messy warp

I’m also trying to salvage this beautiful cotton warp. It was originally put on the small table loom and then I decided that I wanted to re-sley it for a tighter sett… so I cut it off the loom, maintaining the cross, and now I am just reassembling it on the big Spring loom. It’s now sett at 30 epi for a nice warp-faced look.

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SweetGeorgia Superwash Sport yarn, divided in half for toe-up socks

It’s finally the weekend, and I have new toe-up socks on the go.

  • http://bythehook.blogspot.com Brianna

    Ohh… linen can be difficult. Just keep plugging at it! Great colors though!

  • http://bythehook.blogspot.com Brianna

    Ohh… linen can be difficult. Just keep plugging at it! Great colors though!

  • laura

    beautiful colors…can’t wait to see what they become. i am taking my first weaving class right now so i actually understood the terms you were using, and that makes me so happy. happy weaving.

  • laura

    beautiful colors…can’t wait to see what they become. i am taking my first weaving class right now so i actually understood the terms you were using, and that makes me so happy. happy weaving.

  • http://mabelswish.blogspot.com/ juliet barnes

    oh, i so love jane stafford. you’ll have a glorious time in class!

  • http://mabelswish.blogspot.com/ juliet barnes

    oh, i so love jane stafford. you’ll have a glorious time in class!

  • Christa Giles

    Mmm… I guess I’m scared of linen, though I’m curious if it is tons harder than tencel? I know they’ll have similar non-stretching properties, but I haven’t really figured out what makes a good warp yet.

    Today I DID discover that mohair is pretty evil to warp with, at least for me while achieving my first warping of the new-to-me floor loom that is now taking over my living room :)

    Thanks for all the weaving inspiration – I’m totally hooked! If you want to check out my blog page, there are a few pictures!

    Oh, and interesting catching up reading your blog – the comment about Kim and Cecily recharging you on crochet reminds me that I should actually experiment with my idea of continuous weaving from a cone: cone on one side, use long/tunesian hook to pull loop through shed, change shed and reach through for next loop, building crochet chain up the side opposide the yarn cone. Weaving, now with ready to crochet edges – Has it already been done?

  • Christa Giles

    Mmm… I guess I’m scared of linen, though I’m curious if it is tons harder than tencel? I know they’ll have similar non-stretching properties, but I haven’t really figured out what makes a good warp yet.

    Today I DID discover that mohair is pretty evil to warp with, at least for me while achieving my first warping of the new-to-me floor loom that is now taking over my living room :)

    Thanks for all the weaving inspiration – I’m totally hooked! If you want to check out my blog page, there are a few pictures!

    Oh, and interesting catching up reading your blog – the comment about Kim and Cecily recharging you on crochet reminds me that I should actually experiment with my idea of continuous weaving from a cone: cone on one side, use long/tunesian hook to pull loop through shed, change shed and reach through for next loop, building crochet chain up the side opposide the yarn cone. Weaving, now with ready to crochet edges – Has it already been done?