Friday, I decided the day had come to to something more challenging. I went through my stash and after reading the weaving blogs, decided that the cotton/linen blends that I found would be a great start for my first project. The suggestion was to use two heddles to be able to double the sett. (If you are not a weaver, sett refers to the number of threads running vertically on the loom.) For the cotton/linen blend, the threads per inch was 24.
I gathered my warping board and yarn, and began counting out the threads. My goal was 400 threads for my loom.
Not too easy to see, but here is the board and one set of threads. I kept each vertical color section separate.
By the end of Day one, I had the warp all counted out and ready to go to the loom.
I thought about starting to thread the loom, but my back was already giving me much grief.
Day 2, I drew two loops through every slot on the heddle and slipped them on the back beam. This step was slightly different than I had done before, but I liked how easily it worked.
Here are all the color bundles waiting their turn.
I didn't do a very good job on the tension, but I know how to fix that.
Notice the threads are still 4 per slot and only on one heddle.
Sunday, we watched #1 Grandson while the Kids ran in the Race for the Roses. Everyone had a good time.
I did decide to work on the threading after we got home.
I took one thread out of each slot and placed it in the hole next to the slot. Then I added the second heddle.Next step was to carry the thread in the hole up to the next heddle and place it in a slot. Then the three remaining threads are brought up and placed in order slot, hole, slot. I worked on this until my back gave out.
Monday morning I finished up. Unfortunately, I could not open a shed. I don't really know how I managed such a mess. I could see threads crossing where they should not etc. So I rolled the entire warp on to the front beam, had Hubby help me with tension and re rolled it back to the back beam. This made a tremendous difference in the tension, but still not shed.
I am a determined little soul. I completely took all the threads out of the front heddle and started over. It took me 4 or 5 hours, but I rethreaded the front heddle taking great care to see that every thread stayed where it belonged.
This is the much better threaded warp.
There is even a shed.
Can't stop now, so I wound a shuttle with the white thread and began.
It is hard to see, but I have 1/2 inch of the white woven. I will need to advance the warp fairly frequently to be able to open the shed for the weft, but that will be easy after all of this.